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We are on a mission

At Uber ATG, we are dedicated to making every mile we drive on the track and on public roads count. When you see our vehicles on the road, you can rest assured that they’re doing important work that supports our efforts to deliver safe, reliable self-driving transportation.

What we are doing on the road

We are using a phased approach to develop and deploy our self-driving vehicles, taking the necessary steps to operate safely in every city. Below is an outline of the activities our vehicles are either doing today, or could be doing soon. As we progress we may undertake more than one of these types of driving in the same city at the same time.

A Mission Specialist is driving this car

During this first stage in our development process, we drive our vehicles manually, with a specially trained safety driver, or Mission Specialist, in full control of the driving task at all times. The vehicles are equipped with a sensor kit that makes them easily recognizable to other road users. Data gathered during this stage informs development of high-definition maps and scenarios we are likely to encounter on the road.

A computer is driving this car, but a Mission Specialist is behind the wheel

After our technology has been thoroughly tested in simulation and on a test track, we deploy our self-driving system to public roads in the areas we have mapped. At present, all self-driving system testing on a track or public road is done with 2 Mission Specialists in each vehicle. During these missions, we may carry select or whitelisted passengers who are not Uber employees.

You can take a ride in this car; a computer is driving, but a Mission Specialist is behind the wheel

We aren’t there yet, but we are designing our systems for the Uber network and aim to be ready to take public passengers soon.

A computer is driving this car

In the future, we will look to test our self-driving system on public roads without a Mission Specialist in the front seat. Before we start this type of testing, we will develop appropriate safeguards, including a capability that enables the vehicle to come to a safe stop in the absence of a Mission Specialist.

When and where we operate

Before beginning any self-driving vehicle testing on our test track or public roads, we establish an operational design domain (ODD), which captures the specific conditions under which our self-driving system will operate, including where and when.

At Uber ATG, we are committed to testing our system in a safe and responsible way. Defining and operating under a predetermined ODD that aligns our daily operational efforts with our system’s capabilities is critical to this effort.

Below are 3 elements of the highly specified ODD to which we now restrict our vehicles while testing.

Time of day

We currently only operate our self-driving system during daylight hours.

Supervision

At present, each vehicle on the test track or public roads is staffed with 2 Mission Specialists for both manual driving and self-driving operations.

Weather

We only operate in clear or light weather conditions. We cease operations when there is heavy rain, fog, or snow.

Self-driving vehicles in your city

Ultimately, we want to bring self-driving vehicles to the Uber network around the world. Today, we are focused on the safe development of safe self-driving technology, starting with a number of cities in the US and Canada.

As we develop our technology and start work in new cities, we want our stakeholders in those cities—future riders and other road users, government officials, public safety officials, and community groups—to know what to expect.

We may collect personal data, such as individuals' images, in connection with the operation of self-driving vehicles. For information on Uber's handling of personal data, please see our Privacy Notice.

Dallas

A Mission Specialist is driving this car, with a co-pilot in the passenger seat.

 

  • Approximate number of vehicles: No more than 2 on a given day
  • Area of operation: City proper
  • Time of day of operation: Daylight hours

Pittsburgh

A computer is driving this car, but a Mission Specialist is behind the wheel with a co-pilot in the passenger seat.

 

  • Approximate number of vehicles: Around 20 vehicles testing, per Pennsylvania Department of Transportation guidelines
  • Area of operation: City proper
  • Time of day of operation: Daylight hours

San Francisco

A computer is driving this car, but a Mission Specialist is behind the wheel with a co-pilot in the passenger seat.

 

  • Approximate number of vehicles: No more than 2 on a given day
  • Area of operation: City proper
  • Time of day of operation: Daylight hours

Toronto

A Mission Specialist is driving this car, with a co-pilot in the passenger seat.

 

  • Approximate number of vehicles: No more than 2 on a given day
  • Area of operation: City proper
  • Time of day of operation: Daylight hours

Washington DC

A Mission Specialist is driving this car, with a co-pilot in the passenger seat.

 

  • Approximate number of vehicles: No more than 4 on a given day
  • Area of operation: City proper; Vehicles will be manually driven to/from our operations base in McLean, Virginia
  • Time of day of operation: Daylight hours