Today experts can give some advice to those customers who have been really enthusiastic to see Uber self-driving cars in the streets very soon not to be that positively thinking. This day is far beyond the horizon yet.
Certain confidential corporate documents have been accidently revealed just recently. And they tell us about Uber’s non-readiness to produce a safe autonomous vehicle right now.
Last week’s testing results have been disclosed, and it turned out that an accompanying engineer, who was sitting in the car just to control the driverless process, in fact had to switch to manual driving every mile! It’s obviously hard to tell right now why the results appeared to be so disappointing. The reason may be rather simple, though – bad weather conditions or too busy traffic.
The numbers tell us about the first 7-8 days of March, when the company sent over 40 self-driving cars to drive along the roads of Pittsburgh and Phoenix. As experts managed to learn, the total mileage for that week amounted to a little over 20,000 miles. The number shows that Uber self-driving vehicles have recently been driving almost four times more intensively than several months ago showing around 18,000 miles per week. And the number of cars has also doubled compared to January.
The company’s statistics of last week told about a distance of 200 miles between those critical periods when a controlling engineer in a passenger’s seat had to apply the manual mode, when the traffic situation became dangerous and the autonomous vehicle could hit a person.
Despite the fact that the statistics of a previous week showed even worse results, it is hard to say the progress is obvious. And Uber’s spokespersons refused to give any comment of the document leakage and revealed numbers.
However, one thing is clear right now, and the company’s chief executives do not argue that the launch of Uber’s first totally self-driving cars is still far beyond the horizon. Except for having its passenger testing campaigns in Pittsburgh, Phoenix and San Francisco, Uber is going to bring its autonomous vehicles to Silicon Valley, too.