The interests are great and it is therefore all the more striking that there is according to The New York Times are still problems. “The cars reacted slower than people and struggled to pass certain tests, the last step before they can get back on the road”, writes the newspaper on the basis of internal documents, e-mails and conversations with sources at the company.
On 27 November, the manager of the department that develops self-driving cars sent an e-mail to his staff that Ubers car was ready to go back on the road. The company still needs permission from the state of Pennsylvania and it was not there yesterday, writes the newspaper. It is unclear to what extent all problems are solved at this moment.
A spokesman said that the company “would never compromise on safety in order to get on the road faster”.
Chaos in the organization
From research by the NTSB, the body that is doing research in the US into, among other things, accidents on the road, showed that the emergency brake of the Uber which in March was the accident occurred. In November wrote Business Insider based on sources that this decision “was the result of chaos in the organization”.
Self-driving cars are always seen as an important part of Uber's future. The company is still working with drivers, but they would eventually have to be replaced by cars that drive independently. That would make it possible to have cars available everywhere at any time at a low price; so low that it is no longer interesting to have a private car.
This is far from being the case, and in the meantime Uber faces competition from other parties, such as Googles sister company Waymo. That company test a taxi service via an app, where people are transported by a self-driving car.