Uber will begin data collection for self-driving vehicles on Friday in Washington

WASHINGTON: Uber Technologies Inc said Thursday the will begin data collection for self-driving on Washington roads Friday with manual drivers behind the wheel, the first step towards potential future deployment.

Uber will collect road data to support the development of Uber’s self-driving as it is doing in Dallas, San Francisco and Toronto. Eric Meyhofer, Uber ATG CEO, said this was the “first step towards bringing self-driving technology to life in our nation’s capital.”

It is operating self-driving cars in autonomous mode in Pittsburgh with safety drivers behind the wheel.

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