Uber testing self-driving car in Pittsburgh

FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2014, file photo a man leaves the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. Judges for the Pennsylvania agency that regulates buses and taxis recommended on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, a record $50 million fine against ride-sharing company Uber for operating in the state without approval. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Uber is testing a self-driving car on public streets in Pittsburgh.

Uber says it has outfitted a Ford Fusion hybrid with radars, laser scanners, and high-resolution cameras. It’s using the car to test self-driving capability and collect mapping data.

A trained driver remains behind the wheel for now. Uber says it’s still in the early stages of its self-driving tests and needs to make sure the technology is safe.

The San Francisco ride-hailing company says Pittsburgh is an ideal place to test self-driving cars because it has a wide variety of weather and road types.

Uber Technologies Inc. announced a partnership with Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University last year. It has also opened its own Advanced Technologies Center, which is led by a former Carnegie Mellon robotics engineer.


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