This summer Volvo and Uber teamed up to bring self-driving XC90s to the people of Pittsburgh. Now the self-driving XC90 Ubers have landed in a tech capitol of the country, San Francisco. Volvo and Uber announced that the former’s self-driving pilot is now available to customers in the City By The Bay.
The self-driving XC90s cannot be ordered using the app. Getting one is random, and the vehicles are only available to users of UberX. Sorry, uberPOOL cheapskates.
Each autonomous SUV has the Uber technician riding in the driver’s seat to ensure everything goes smoothly and to answer a multitude of questions passengers are sure to have. To see how the in-vehicle experience works check out this promotional video released by the ridesharing company.
The XC90s are normal vehicles save for the self-driving hardware and software that Uber installs. There’s no word on how long a pilot program will last or how many self-driving cars are in Uber’s San Francisco fleet.
What also remains to be seen is how the state of California will react to Volvo and Uber testing self-driving cars in San Francisco. The California Department of Motor Vehicles is annoyed at tech company for circumventing its autonomous cars testing permitting process.
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