Reports suggest Uber is now testing self-driving cars in Pittsburgh, with its robotics lab having paraded a test vehicle earlier in the week.
In an exclusive report Thursday, The Pittsburgh Business Times claimed that it had sighted a test car with the words “Uber Advanced Technology Center” on its side, with a curious device on top of the vehicle. However, Uber claims the car isn’t an autonomous vehicle after all, even as spokeswoman Trina Smith said to the publication that it is merely “part of our early research efforts regarding mapping, safety, and autonomous systems.”
Despite Uber scotching rumors of a self-driving car being tested in Pittsburgh, it’s been documented that the ride-sharing service had previously joined forces with scientists from Carnegie Mellon University to create autonomous taxis. There have also been quotes from CEO Travis Kalanick hinting at the possibility of self-driving Uber cars in the future. So with that taken into account, there’s a solid chance Uber is indeed cooking up something, and testing some sort of autonomous tech, even if the Pittsburgh Business Times sighting is supposedly not a self-driving car.