In a blog post today, Uber officially showed off the self-driving car that s been stealthily cruising around Pittsburgh city streets.
This particular Uber test vehicle was first spotted almost a year ago by local Pittsburgh media, but this is Uber s first acknowledgement of such tests.
This heavy hiring out of Carnegie Mellon could give Uber a boost seeing as the Pittsburgh-based university considers itself the birthplace of self-driving cars — it makes sense since CMU researchers were driving autonomous vehicles across the country before Google even existed.
Uber recently joined a coalition, along with Google and Ford, to advocate for self-driving adoption.
For now, Uber s ambitious autonomous efforts remain contained on Pittsburgh city streets with a flesh-and-blood human behind the wheel.
But with Google expanding its own efforts to Arizona for temperature testing, it looks like the race toward hands-free transportation is well underway.