The ride-hailing giant is about to start testing its own self-driving technology, with a Ford Fusion test car. How does Uber’s effort stack up to rivals’?
  
UBER’S NEW SELF-DRIVING TEST CAR IS A HYBRID FORD FUSION. IT’LL START TESTING ON PUBLIC ROADS IN PITTSBURGH, THE RIDE-HAILING COMPANY SAID THIS WEEK. IMAGE SOURCE: UBER

It’s been known for a while that the most valuable of Silicon Valley’s “unicorn” companies has been working on developing its own self-driving technology. But for the most part, the program has been shrouded in secrecy.

Here’s what we know about a potential dark horse in the race to fully self-driving cars.

A visible sign of Uber’s push toward self-driving technology

Here’s the background: Last year, Uber announced the creation of what it called an “Advanced Technologies Center” (ATC) in Pittsburgh. The center, described as part of a “strategic partnership” with Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), was said at the time to be focused on “research and development, primarily in the areas of mapping and vehicle safety and autonomy technology.” Uber chose to partner with CMU because of the latter’s expertise with robotics and related technologies.

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