August 18, 2016

ROBOTIC RIDE-SHARING: Uber’s self-driving cars will pick up their first customers this month.

Uber’s self-driving taxis will get their first real-world test in Pittsburgh this month, with the semi-autonomous vehicles assigned at random to customers using the company’s app. According to a report from Bloomberg, the test fleet will consist of modified Volvo XC90 SUVs, with each car supervised by a human in the driver’s seat (a legal requirement) as well as a co-pilot taking notes. The trips themselves will be free, with a tablet in the backseat informing the passenger about the car’s capabilities.

Related: Ford will sell fully autonomous cars by 2021 with no steering wheels.

What is really needed is an AI able to pass the Turing Test well enough to make smalltalk during your trip.

Would you ride in a fully autonomous robot cab?

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