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Uber has said self-driving cars are essential to its future, but the ride-hailing firm’s autonomy division, the Advanced Technologies Group (ATG), has long struggled to make significant progress toward delivering a vehicle that can safely and efficiently move passengers and goods, obviating the need to give the bulk of each fare to a human driver.
Part of the problem is that self-driving is really hard to make happen: Waymo has spent more than a decade on the tech, and just this month started offering a truly driverless service in the Phoenix suburbs. But Uber ATG has faced more struggles than its competitors, including the March 2018 crash in which it killed a pedestrian in Arizona, ongoing internal strife, and unreliable technology.
Those issues have left some Uber investors frustrated and outside experts pessimistic about the division’s prospects.
“I would not be surprised if Uber just pulls the plug on the whole program within the next 12 months,” Guidehouse Insights research analyst Sam Abuelsamid told Business Insider in September. Unless, he said, Uber manages to sell of the division.
Reports published by Business Insider and other outlets over the past two years, based on conversations with Uber ATG employees and …read more
Source:: Businessinsider – Tech