Uber is expanding its self-driving car service into the United States, the company announced Monday, as it ramps up its efforts to expand its fleet of autonomous vehicles.
Uber is rolling out a fleet of new UberX vehicles in Seattle and Los Angeles, as well as an Uber X pickup truck in Portland, Oregon.
The company says it has more than 2,000 vehicles on the road now.
UberX is the self-balancing vehicle Uber uses to take people to their destination in the Uber self-policing system, and its vehicles use an onboard radar to make sure they’re safe.
It has been used for a variety of uses, including transporting people to medical facilities, shopping malls, and other locations.
In a press release, Uber said its new fleet includes cars with sensors that measure the road, and those that have cameras.
The vehicles have been available to Uber customers since at least the end of 2016, but Uber has struggled to find a way to get them on the roads and into service.
The company announced in September that it would start selling its cars in Los Angeles and Portland.
Last year, the service was available only in select markets, but the new vehicles are being rolled out in the first wave of autonomous UberX pickups.
The new fleet is expected to start rolling out in 2021, according to Uber.
Uber has a fleet size of 1,400 vehicles, and the company says the number of new cars it has on the market will grow by about 100 per cent in the coming years.
A recent report from the Wall Street Journal said Uber was looking to add 200,000 self-parking vehicles to its fleet.
The move to self-propelled vehicles is the latest in a long list of innovations the company has made to make it easier for people to get around its network of self-employed drivers.
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