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Uber starts robot taxi service in SF for its self-driving team

Who does not know about Uber? It is the company that is single-handedly revolutionizing the “taxi service” on a global scale. The services of Uber are peer-to-peer ridesharing. Apart from ridesharing, it also offers food delivery, micromobility, and other similar services. One of the trademark qualities of Uber that make it such an excellent and successful brand is innovation. It is continually endeavoring to make its services more efficient and useful for the customers. The next big step for Uber in this regard will be self-driving cars. Self-driving cars may sound like something from the future, but what if we tell you that Uber is already running them on the roads of San Francisco? If you do not know about this development, you are in the right place. In this article, we will tell you all about the latest project of Uber encompassing self-driving cars.

Who is it for?

Uber states that this project is for the employees of Uber who are working on the latest self-driving car project. Nearly 300 employees belong to the Advanced Technology Group of Uber who will use this service. They can avail of this service free of any cost to and from the offices of Uber. The cars that are a part of this project are all Volvo XC90 sports models.

What is the purpose of the project?

The employees who can avail of this offer are also the ones working on the self-driving project of Uber. The employees are not any regular employees. They are highly capable and seasoned engineers helping Uber shape the future of taxi services. It is beneficial for them as well as the project for them to stay up close to the technology they are developing. They can take away key points in terms of the customer experience so that they can implement it in the actual project. Uber states that it helps the engineers develop not only a close connection with the project, but also to focus on the project as a whole instead of the usual engineering approach of “one problem at a time.”

What are the future implications?

The main aim of this project is to make the future launch of the self-driving taxi concept on a macro level as efficient and as effective as possible. Uber plans on launching this service for regular consumers as well shortly. This project can completely revolutionize how taxi services operate around the world. However, Uber is not the only one who is testing this technology. As per DMV records, General Motors also has the license to test 110 Chevrolet Bolt vehicles for a robot taxi service. Hence, it is not a stretch to claim that there is a covert war of technologies going on among many of the biggest names in the market. Only time will tell who emerges victorious in this scenario. No matter who wins, one thing is for sure; we can kiss the traditional taxi services goodbye over the next few years.