Pittsburgh is falling out of love with Uber’s self-driving cars
was the initial test city for Uber'sself-driving car
initiative. While our experience in one of theautonomous vehicles
was thankfullypretty safe
, it wasn't long beforereports
of accidents and wrong-way driving began to surface during the first month of the operation. Nine months later, the relationship continues to sour, according to a report in theNew York Times
. The thingsUber
promised in return for the city's support – including free rides indriverless cars
, backing the city's $50 million federal transportation grant and jobs for a neighborhood nearby Uber's testing track – have not materialized. The situation was an issue during the mayoral primary, too, with critics calling out incumbent Bill Peduto for not getting these agreements in writing from the ride-sharing company.
Uber responded to the criticism, telling theTimes
that it has created 675 jobs in the greater Pittsburgh area and has contributed to local organizations. However, one high-profile pastor near Uber's test track said that he'd given Uber a list of potential candidates for jobs at the site, but was told to send them through the regular job portal. According to theTimes
, none of these individuals, including a mapping engineer and other technicians, have been hired. Uber told theTimes
that while it was open to a deal with the city, it was still waiting for a draft proposal from local officials.
Uber's problems don't stop at the Pittsburgh city line, of course. The company continues to fight a lawsuit aroundalleged stolen tech
, its drivers aredissatisfied
with new fee structures and evenElon Musk turned them down
for a partnership in self-driving cars. The company also had tohalt its autonomous program
in Tempe, Arizona after a car crash.Ford
has reportedly invested $1 billion in a Pittsburgh-based self-driving car startup, which could meet more of the city's need for written agreements and data sharing. The current Uber initiative in Pittsburgh may have raised the profile of the city as a technology-friendly town, but this new falling out is yet another example of the turmoil surrounding the company.This article, by Rob LeFebvre, originally appeared on Engadget, your guide to this connected life. Related Video:
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