Ride-hailing service provider Uber is widening its autonomous vehicles goals to a new project self-driving scooters and bikes. The news appeared from the CEO of a robotics company, who tweeted that Uber declared its plans at a robotics event. Uber, headquartered in San Francisco, CA, is already procuring for the new division, Micromobility Robotics.
Chief Executive of robotics firm 3D Robotics, Chris Anderson stated that the ridesharing company announced the scooters and bikes would be able to drive themselves to charging points and superior locations. He further added that the new “Micromobility Robotics” will be housed with Jump Bikes, which acquired by Uber in April, rather than Uber Advanced Technologies Group (ATG), Uber’s autonomous car division. Uber also put a Google form where interested people can apply for jobs so the division can get in touch. Uber Advanced Technologies Group had to halt its functions last year after one of its autonomous cars hit and killed a pedestrian in March, but relaunched on-road trial in December. So the details on the new autonomous bike and scooter division are limited for a while.
The San Francisco-based company also provides peer-to-peer ridesharing, taxi cab hailing, bicycle-sharing, food delivery, and other services to their customers. Founded in 2009, the company offers their services in 785 metropolitan regions across the globe. Its platforms can be accessed through its websites and mobile apps. Uber is expected to have 100 million global users and a 69 percent market share in the United States.