The carpool giant unveiled Wednesday its new autonomous car. Uber has partnered with Volvo to produce a new range of existing Volvo XC90 vehicles, specially designed for the Uber Autonomous Fleet. The new production model has the internal name 519G and comes with brakes and computerized steering systems directly from CNBC.
This contrasts with what Uber did with the XC90s. Prior to Wednesday's announcement, Uber had modified the existing XC90s for self-driving, which means that they do not have these built-in features, unlike the news.
Uber said the new XC90s are also safer and more reliable. According to a promotional video released by the company, they use LIDAR, radar and ultrasonic sensors to facilitate automatic driving.
Of course, the new XC90 still has standard brakes and a steering wheel for the man. This remains a common practice for autonomous vehicles because the technology is not yet removed to support fully automated cars.
Eric Meyhofer, president of the Uber Advanced Technology group, told CNBC that the company plans to test fully automated cars without a human driver in the near future, but acknowledged that it must gain "public trust" before doing so. Last year, progress of the Uber self-driving unit was halted and a pedestrian was killed in Arizona.
Uber tests autonomous cars again, but many people still not trust the concept
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