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THE Uber announced this week that it is extending testing of its autonomous cars to Dallas (USA). The city in Texas is the fifth city where the company tests its artificial intelligence systems. Toronto, Canada; Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Phoenix, in the United States, are other cities where vehicles circulate.
Since 2016, Uber has been testing its autonomous cars on public roads. However, after the first fatal accident involving one of his cars in March 2018, he paused testing until December of the same year. At the time, the test vehicle was in stand-alone mode when it hit a woman crossing the street in a dimly lit area.
According to a post on the company's official blog, Uber now tests a model that would be safer. Remember that, under local law, autonomous cars must have a driver present even when they operate autonomously. The artificial intelligence system collects data and maps the streets you walk around to prepare for the road and perhaps, in the future, to drive without the presence of a human driver.
Austin Geidt, head of autonomous car strategy at Uber, said in the blog that Dallas offers an opportunity to explore a different type of road network, which may be valuable to the company's autonomous driving technology. "The city's modern infrastructure, unique traffic patterns, road features and weather will provide new information that can inform our ongoing engineering efforts," Geidt said.