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Uber Partners with Carnegie Mellon for Driverless Cars Research

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Published on : Feb 05, 2015

The famous Uber is planning ties with Carnegie Mellon University to develop driverless cars. The research took place on a Pittsburgh research lab. 

The Robotics Institute and Carnegie Mellon have been working on this project for years. As a part of the reason the city has proceeded from an industry driven economy to a leading technology and medicine based place in the last 20 years.   

This deal is a great opportunity in creating job growth and community between the city and its universities added Mayor Bill Peduto. The collaboration also involves the Uber graduate fellowships and faculty chairs present at the private research university.     

The Uber Advanced Technologies Center and San Francisco based Uber focuses on providing safety technologies and mapping methods in support of its ride sharing aim. The lab will occupy part of two buildings that also includes a former chocolate factory.      

The university has been working really hard in the last few years on developing direct relationships with top companies dealing in science and technology said the Dean of Computer Science at the University. Carnegie Mellon has also partnered with Google by helping General Motors develop a driverless SUV that once won a 60-mile race.  

Google poached a university robotics specialist, Chris Urmson to lead the self-driving car project and has also developed self-driving technology outfitted with an array of computing power and sensors that have the capacity to drive hundreds of thousands of miles without any intervention. 

Carnegie Mellon University is at the top of the list. Uber could manufacture, develop, and own a fleet of driverless taxis that customers could call upon with the push of a button. This could eventually disrupt the automotive industry’s business model as cars would no longer need a human to control or get around.  

This change is happening quickly says Jonas at CMU. The end of humans driving cars may take another generation to occur or hit obstacles. But the change has started though. Computers have the capacity to drive better than humans ultimately obviating the dire need for the vehicle ownership. 

Today, Uber operates across 54 countries in 200 cities.