Ok – Uber always was a pretty cool company, but now – with their self driving car program – it’s become even more cool!
From Uber: If you’re driving around Pittsburgh in the coming weeks you might see a strange sight: a car that looks like it should be driven by a superhero. But this is no movie prop — it’s a test car from Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group (ATG) in Pittsburgh.
The car, a hybrid Ford Fusion, will be collecting mapping data as well as testing its self-driving capabilities. When it’s in self-driving mode, a trained driver will be in the driver’s seat monitoring operations. The Uber ATG car comes outfitted with a variety of sensors including radars, laser scanners, and high resolution cameras to map details of the environment.
Real-world testing is critical to our efforts to develop self-driving technology. Self-driving cars have the potential to save millions of lives and improve quality of life for people around the world. 1.3 million people die every year in car accidents — 94% of those accidents involve human error. In the future we believe this technology will mean less congestion, more affordable and accessible transportation, and far fewer lives lost in car accidents. These goals are at the heart of Uber’s mission to make transportation as reliable as running water — everywhere and for everyone.
Self driving cars may seem something like some Sci-Fi tech fantasy – but it’s here, and it looks like – it’s here to stay. We think it would be fun to be part of the team that’s bringing tomorrow’s tech – to today’s reality. Also, we’ve heard that Uber is a great company to work for – having great salary & benefits, perks, and growing at a huge pace.
Uber is actively recruiting for all various roles throughout their company – but we think working for their ATG group is extra special. If you’re interested in learning more about available roles – check out:
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