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Uber Partners With The University Of Arizona On Self-Driving Cars

Robots sound so much easier to manage than 160,000 drivers…

Uber Partners With The University Of Arizona On Self-Driving Cars
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Uber is teaming up with the University of Arizona to continue its research into self-driving cars.

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“Details of the agreement are yet to be finalized,” read an email sent to University of Arizona staff and obtained by The Verge, “but common areas of interest and expertise include mapping and autonomous or ‘self-driving’ technology.”

At the same time he announced the new partnership, Arizona governor Doug Ducey signed an executive order supporting the testing and operation of self-driving vehicles in Arizona.

It’s pretty obvious why Uber is interested in self-driving cars. As of the end of last year, the company had 160,000 drivers. Those drivers, unlike robots, take the majority of every fare. And some of them are filing lawsuits against Uber for misclassifying them as independent contractors.

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Sarah Kessler is a senior writer at Fast Company, where she writes about the on-demand/gig/sharing "economies" and the future of work.

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