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Has Uber won the race to the self driving car?

Discussion in 'Tesla Motors' started by Snerruc, Sep 21, 2016.

  1. Snerruc

    Snerruc Member

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    like many people I watched the media circus over Uber starting self driving car service in Pittsburg. It has been quite a few days and the media hasn't been able to gin up a follow up about a car or person being hit or a car getting lost. I know they have engineers riding along, but it still is impressive. Also I noticed their "hats" on several different models. This indicates Uber has a system that retrofits on a lot of existing models. Eventually the government might insist on a standard, universal system ( anyone remember the mandate for sealed beam headlights?). Right now Uber would be in the lead.
     
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  2. Runarbt

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    I really dont think Uber is in the lead of anything. :)

    They have a fleet driving within Pittsburg. They have engineers which have to take over and drive the car regulary when it gets stuck. From what I have read, this happens very frequently.

    They do not have any fleet learning(?), and _veery_ limited driving hours/miles compared to Tesla.

    And retrofit? I really wouldnt say their solution "fit" any car. :-D
     
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    please don't buy into the BS media hype because we are at least 10 years away from seeing fully autonomous cars being reality.
     
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    Pittsburg or Pittsburgh so what. I live thousands of miles from both, and there's not enough k's in either.
     
  6. Cosmacelf

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    So, no, Uber isn't in the lead. Uber took a research and development project that requires two engineers per car to monitor/drive and hyped it to sound like they had autonomous car. They don't, the engineers have to take over frequently. It's just PR buzz while they do R&D
     

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