Technologically-advanced Uber vehicles in the form of self-driving and multicamera equipped “mapping data” cars are showing up all over San Francisco, the company has confirmed.
The mapping cars have been in San Francisco since August, and in appearance look similar to the self-driving cars due to the camera apparatus on their roofs.
But those mapping cars are driven by people, and are part of an effort by Uber to make sure its trip data is accurate as possible.
Uber has a blog devoted to its mapping cars, which confirmed the mapping vehicles will continue to travel in San Francisco at least through this month.
“The street imagery captured by our mapping cars will help us improve core elements of the Uber experience, like ideal pick-up and drop-off points and the best routes for riders and drivers,” wrote Uber in its mapping blog.
Unlike the mapping cars, Uber’s self-driving vehicles are labeled “Uber ATC” for Advanced Technology Center. The self-driving car seen in San Francisco last week was driven by a person, Uber confirmed.
The car was being transported to Otto, a San Francisco-based self-driving technology startup recently acquired by Uber, and was not being tested, according to Uber.
Uber was set to launch its self-driving cars in late August in Pittsburgh, Penn., according to various news outlets, but San Francisco has not yet been announced as a testing ground for Uber driverless cars. Driverless carsTransitUber