Uber's latest announcements




The taxi-hailing app is considered both brilliant and controversial, depending on who you ask. Here we've documented the company's journey to a $50 billion valuation.Disclaimer: it's been a bit of a bumpy one... 

Uber's self-driving truck Otto makes its first delivery
26 October 2016

Uber has joined forces with AB InBev to transport 50,000 bottles of Budweiser, in what is thought to be the world’s first self-driving commercial delivery. The truck transported the beer more than 120 miles with police vehicles in tow, with reports suggesting the truck driver was relaxing in the back sleeping cab. 

Uber starts mapping UK city streets
16 September 2016

From today Uber will be collecting images of UK city streets, starting with London. According to the BBC, these images will be used to determine the best pick-up and drop-off points around the city with plans to expand mapping activities to Leeds, Manchester and Birmingham. This image data will most likely aid Uber's driverless cars ambitions.

Uber to launches self-driving car pickups in Pittsburgh
14 September 2016

During an interview with Bloomberg last month, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick revealed that it will deploy around 100 'driverless cars' in Pittsburgh.
Each vehicle will be fitted with self-driving capabilities and be staffed by one engineer, designed to take control of the car if needed and a co-pilot to note its progress, with the addition of a computer to record trips and map their data.
This move comes after Uber acquired Otto, a startup aiming to deliver autonomy to lorries and trucks. Numerous reports have suggested Uber may use these capabilities in its own driverless car plan, or potentially its own driverless lorry business.


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