We may not be there just yet with flying cars, but our dream of cars that drive themselves is closer than you think! Uber, the transportation network and taxi company, is the latest company to dive into self-driving technology. The company announced in a blog post Monday that it is partnering with Carnegie Mellon University to open the Uber Advanced Technologies Center in Pittsburgh.
"The center will focus on the development of key long-term technologies that advance Uber’s mission of bringing safe, reliable transportation to everyone, everywhere," the company said in a statement.
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said he’s been fascinated by this technology. At a conference last year, he noted that autonomous cars would lower the cost of hailing a ride since customers would no longer have to pay for the driver. No driver? No driver fees!
The move into autonomous technology could eventually pit Uber against Google, which has been one of the company's biggest investors. Google Ventures, the search giant's venture capital arm, invested $258 million in Uber in August 2015. Now there are signs that Google is working on its own driverless, ride-hailing service. There is reportedly even a Google app being tested and used by Google employees.
What do you think of the idea of self-driving cars? Would you use one to get to work faster? Let your kids be picked up in one?