Uber Technologies Inc. launches new UberX driverless car service
By CNBC staffTACOMA, Wash.
— Uber Technologies, the ride-hailing company, is expanding its autonomous vehicle services to a second city, in a move that could boost its reputation as a driverless transportation technology.
The company said it is deploying its fleet of autonomous vehicles in Seattle, where it plans to roll out the service in 2019.
The move is aimed at taking the technology to other markets in the U.S. and Europe, Uber said in a statement Thursday.
Uber plans to expand its driverless vehicle fleet to 10 cities in 2019, and it plans on expanding the service to other countries, the company said.
Uber is rolling out its self-driving technology in Seattle in 2019.(Reuters: Aaron P. Bernstein)Uber plans on introducing self-driven cars in the next five years, it said.
The company is working to improve the safety and speed of the driverless vehicles, which have been trained to use traffic signals and pedestrians.
Uber currently has only test vehicles that have been in Seattle and Portland, Oregon.
Uber also announced plans for a new vehicle service that will allow passengers to drive a fleet of self-controlled autonomous vehicles from a vehicle to a bus or subway station in New York.
The driverless UberX service will be launched in New Yorkers, starting with Manhattan, by 2021, according to a release.
Uber’s self-drive technology was developed by an Alphabet subsidiary called Otto.
The Seattle-based company said that it has signed a contract with Seattle-area transportation provider Uber to build a new self-Driving Car service.