A week after Uber’s car-hailing service was forced to remove a controversial feature from its app, the company is now expanding its self-drive car program to other cities.
The new initiative, called “Transportation by Uber,” includes “Uber-owned, self-driven vehicles in urban and suburban communities.”
Uber will not disclose the number of cities that it plans to test the feature in, but according to The Wall St Journal, the number is growing rapidly.
The company says that its first self-drivers in the U.S. will begin testing self-drives next month, followed by other cities by the end of the year.
The move follows the announcement of a test pilot program in Pittsburgh that was initially scheduled to run for one year, but Uber was forced by the city to pull the plug due to safety concerns.
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick told Bloomberg that the company will continue to test self-Driving cars in the United States until the problem is fixed.
Kalanicks said in a blog post last week that the Uber service is now the best choice for mobility in the world and it is the most reliable way to get around in the most congested places.
“It’s a world where transportation is everywhere and the only choice is to go where people are,” he said.