Uber to use autonomous cars in Pittsburgh soon

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 18, 2016 10:35 AM

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In this undated photo provided by Uber, a Ford Fusion hybrid outfitted with radars, laser scanners and high-resolution cameras drives along the streets of Pittsburgh. Ride-hailing company Uber Technologies Inc. is testing the self-driving car on public streets in the city.

(Detroit) -- Ride-hailing service Uber says it will start hauling passengers with self-driving cars on the streets of Pittsburgh in next several weeks. 

The company says the autonomous Ford Fusions will have human backup drivers but will transport passengers just like normal Uber vehicles. 

Uber has a self-driving research lab in Pittsburgh and is working on autonomous technology. 

Also today, Uber and Volvo announced a $300 million deal for Volvo to provide SUVs to Uber for autonomous vehicle research.

Eventually the Volvo SUVs will be part of the self-driving fleet in Pittsburgh.  

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