The taxi-hailing firm Uber has confirmed it is testing driverless cars in the US after announcing a Ford Fusion fitted with an array of sensors will take to the streets of Pittsburgh.
Joining the race for driverless technology, the Uber’s Fusion will be used for “collecting mapping data”, alongside tests of the vehicle’s autonomous driving capabilities.
Developed by Uber’s Advanced Technology Centre, the car has radars and laser scanners, as well as high-resolution cameras – all three working to map the road environment.
The company joins a growing list of tech firms and carmakers developing autonomous technology, such as Google and Tesla.
The Ford Fusion used by Uber is a car Ford itself is using for its self-driving tech programme.