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Uber appears ready to launch self-driving pilot in San Francisco

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Max Jeffrey

Uber appears to be preparing to launch a fleet of self-driving cars in San Francisco, expanding on its existing self-driving pilot in Pittsburgh. CNET discovered a fleet of Uber-branded Volvo and Ford vehicles in a warehouse in San Francisco, complete with self-driving sensors and camera hardware.

The site says the vehicles will launch “very soon,” perhaps allowing San Francisco Uber users to receive a ride from an autonomous car when booking a trip. Not much else is known about the project, and Uber has not yet received an Autonomous Vehicle Testing Permit from the State of California.

Uber and Volvo entered into an industrial partnership back in August, with Uber installing its self-driving technology into the Swedish firm’s XC90 SUVs. There was no transfer of autonomous driving (AD) tech between the firms, however — both Volvo and Uber will continue developing their AD hardware and software independently.

Uber did not immediately return a request for comment.