Uber said Thursday that it plans to unleash its test car onto the streets of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania within the next few weeks.
The makers of the ride-hailing app said that a driver will be in its Ford Fusion while it is in self-driving mode. Uber said in a statement that the development of self-driving cars has the potential to save lives. The company cited the statistic that 94 percent of the car accidents that kill 1.3 million people every year involved human error.
“In the future we believe this technology will mean less congestion, more affordable and accessible transportation, and far fewer lives lost in car accidents,” Uber said in its statement.
William Peduto, mayor of Pittsburgh, said that the city is proud of its history of innovation. Pittsburgh is home to Uber’s Advanced Technologies Center.