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Discussion on: The Questions We're Not Asking About the Uber Death

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Patrick Minton

I don't often find myself agreeing with Gizmodo, but in this case I do: the relevant question I have is "Why the hell do we trust Uber to experiment with autonomous vehicles!?"

They are by all accounts way behind other companies in terms of R&D into this, and they don't employ the army of brilliant people that you'd expect to need to solve this problem. It's literally just an app company that has spent billions acquiring a vast network of customers and drivers (and information about both), which it then hopes to turn into a profitable enterprise thanks to autonomous vehicles.

That is, their business model relies on the existence of autonomous vehicles, but it isn't the CREATION of autonomous vehicles.

So again...what the heck have they ever done to prove they deserved the license to do this kind of testing?