Published: March 02, 2016 | Hazelwood
The investments we’re making in Pittsburgh today are key to the long-term future of transportation. Self-driving technology has the potential to drastically cut down on accidents and congestion while making transportation even more affordable and convenient for everyone. The adoption of this technology at scale is likely still many years off, but the Steel City is a terrific place to invest now and in the future.
– John Bares, Director, Uber Advanced Technologies Center
Uber announced Tuesday that it is opening a new Advanced Technologies Center in Pittsburgh, where its autonomous vehicle research operations are headquartered. The company will renovate an old locomotive roundhouse at the LTV Coke Works site in Hazelwood, along the Monongahela River, which was once a symbol of this Rust Belt city’s heyday.
This is the first major news to come out of Uber’s so-far fairly quiet plans to develop self-driving cars since the ride-hail company began poaching robotics engineers from Carnegie Mellon University in early 2015.
The company will build temporary roadways to test self-driving cars as part of its expansion, as well as housing and park space. According to Pittsburgh City Councilman Corey O’Connor, Uber should create a ripple effect and encourage other companies to come to Hazelwood. The company says it also plans to break ground in the next few months on another research facility on the 178-acre site known as Almono.
The research facility is also expected to create dozens of jobs.
Source: The Verge, Pittsburgh Local, Uber