Uber expands its nest

Uber has acquired the startup Otto, which has developed technology allowing self-driving big rigs and co-founded by an Israeli, and has announced that driverless rides are about to be offered in Pittsburgh. Uber passengers in Pittsburgh will have the ability to summon rides in self-driving cars with the touch of a smartphone button in the next several weeks. Uber additionally declared that it is getting a self-driving startup called Otto, co-founded by Israeli Lior Ron, that has developed technology allowing big rigs to drive themselves.

The high-tech ride-hailing business said Thursday that an unspecified variety of sovereign Ford Fusions with human back-up drivers will pick passengers up much like normal Uber vehicles. Riders will be able to opt in if they need a self-driving car, and rides will be willing to do it, spokesman Matt Kallman said.


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