Uber unveiled a Volvo XC90 with new self-driving hardware. Here is the interesting part: "This new third-generation vehicle presented at Uber Elevate Summit has steering and braking systems designed for computer, rather than human control, as well as a new array of sensors atop and built into the vehicle. It’s an important step as well as a revelatory one that shows the company’s previous iterations never had a chance to become truly driverless because they lacked these critical backup systems. The vehicle has redundancies such as fail operational braking, steering and backup power built into the Volvo base vehicle on the manufacturing line, basic requirements if Uber ever hopes to pull the human safety driver out of the car. If any of the primary systems should fail for some reason, the backup systems immediately act to bring the car to a stop." https://techcrunch.com/2019/06/12/uber-unveils-new-volvo-self-driving-vehicle-in-a-step-toward-robotaxi-service/ The hardware certainly sounds great, especially the redundancy part. But what about the software? Also, Uber's plan to start in cities and expand out, might not be aggressive enough. It could take years to ramp up to a significant presence across the US. In that time, the competition is not going to sit idly by.