Uber is developing autonomous technology for scooters and bikes

Shawn Knight

TechSpot Staff
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Uber is hiring for a new division tasked with developing autonomous drive technology for scooters and bikes. The idea is to have a fleet of personal mobility vehicles that can drive themselves around cities to reach charging spots or locations where customer demand is high.

Imagine yielding at a crosswalk to a scooter zipping along without a rider. What a strange time we live in.

As odd of a visual as it is, autonomy makes a lot of sense. Some rideshare operators hire third-party contractors to collect depleted bikes and scooters at night, recharge them and redistribute them around a city. Others have full-time employees to perform the tasks. Either way, it’s a significant financial strain. Eliminating or greatly reducing the human workforce needed to support these operations could go a long way in increasing the division’s profits.


Chris Anderson, CEO of 3D Robotics, said the new team will live in Uber’s Jump Rides Group and that Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group will continue to focus on self-driving cars.

Bike and scooter-sharing services are increasingly popular, especially in dense urban areas where vehicle ownership isn’t as common and parking spaces are scarce.

Image courtesy Alex Millauer via Shutterstock

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mosu

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I wonder how would they balance a bike or a scooter without the rider. Are they seriously considering this?
 

Uncle Al

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I can't imagine anything more dangerous not to mention it completely removes the fun of driving them!
 

mbrowne5061

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Or, here is a thought, and I am just spitballing here:

Only allow the bikes and scooters to be left at and picked up at the charging stations, instead of just leaving them around the city like liter.

One simple policy change, and you no longer need to go around picking them up in random places, or spend a ton on R&D.
 

jobeard

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When is the last time the development team road a bike or scooter? SHEEZ!

can you define credulous?
 

captaincranky

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Maybe if Donald Trump actually wanted to do something good for the country, he would shut down Uber development labs..:laughing:(y) (Y)