“Self-driving technology has been my life’s passion, and I feel honored to lead such a brilliant team with the single purpose of bringing safe, reliable self-driving tech to Uber riders around the globe,” said Eric Meyhofer, CEO of Uber Advanced Technologies Group. “Without close collaboration with regulators and policymakers at local, state, and federal levels of government, we will not achieve this future. I’m honored to talk more about the work we’re doing to transform how people move at this year’s Auto Show.”
These comments kicked off an enthusiastic presentation meant to inform media attendees and to reiterate Uber’s wishes to collaborate closely with regulators and policymakers at local, state, and federal levels of government. Meyhofer also announced that Uber it will begin data collection for self-driving vehicles on Washington, D.C. roads beginning Friday, January 24th. ATG self-driving vehicles – operated by two human drivers, better known as Mission Specialists – will collect road data to support the development of Uber’s self-driving vehicle technology.
During this data collection process, all vehicles will be driven manually by a Mission Specialist – a specially-trained safety driver – who will always stay behind the wheel and maintain full control of the vehicle. A second Mission Specialist will always be in the right seat.