#DeleteUber campaign might harm company’s self-driving plans

The #DeleteUber campaign has hit the company hard, it lost 200,000 users and CEO Travis Kalanick resigned from Donald Trump’s advisory board. It might not be the end for Uber’s woes, as labor groups and activists in Pittsburgh look to use the campaign to attack its self-driving program. Hundreds of people hit the streets of […]

White House wants the nation to get ready for AI

In an effort to drive continued innovation in a handful of key areas of technology and science, President Obama hosted the White House Frontiers Conference, a one-day conference in Pittsburgh. This conference is a joint venture between the White House, the  University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. During the conference, President Obama announced a number […]

Pittsburgh stays on path to smart-cityness with MetroLab

Despite losing the federal Smart Cities Challenge for $50 million this summer, Pittsburgh and two universities are soldiering on with their related projects. The city will continue its involvement in the MetroLab Network in conjunction with Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. The city will serve as the test bed for the technology developed […]


Consumers’ group wants Uber to publicize self-driving tests

Uber has started to integrate self-driving Volvo XC90 cars into its Pittsburgh ride-hailing fleet this month, a noticeably large leap for a company that only started to work on autonomous cars last year. Public interest group Consumer Watchdog is one of the many with eyebrows raised, and has called on Uber to be as transparent […]


Uber’s self-driving fleet in Pittsburgh goes live

Self-driving Volvo XC90 cars have entered into Uber’s taxi fleet, marking the first public ride-hailing test in the United States. The cars will be available to select customers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who will be able to ride in the cars for free. Uber has been testing cars in Pittsburgh for over a year, after poaching most of […]


US DOT Smart City Challenge drives closer to finish line

Seven potential smart cities enter, but there can be only one. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) picks its winner from among the seven finalists for its Smart City Challenge. The final seven cities include Austin, Texas, Columbus, Ohio, Denver, Colorado, Kansas City, Missouri, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Portland, Oregon, and San Francisco, California. They were whittled down from 78 cities that […]


Uber to kick off first autonomous car test in Pittsburgh

Uber announced on Thursday that its autonomous car, a modified hybrid Ford Fusion, will be hitting the streets of Pittsburgh. The car will be collecting mapping data, alongside testing the company’s self-driving system. It is the first public testing of Uber’s autonomous car. The Advanced Technologies Center (ATC), a division located in Pittsburgh, is in […]