Uber’s self-driving car research team is having difficulties driving in heavy rain, navigating when there are large vehicles on the road and detecting crosswalks, according to company research reviewed by The Logic.
Self-driving cars are a key focus for Uber as it gears up for a US$90-billion IPO later this year. The company’s Toronto self-driving research lab is the lynchpin of those ambitions. Uber currently has over 50 people working in that lab, with plans to grow the team to 100 by the end of 2019 as part of the company’s $200-million investment in Canada focused on developing self-driving technology.
The Logic analyzed 38 publications produced by Raquel Urtasun, chief scientist of Uber Advanced Technologies Group in Toronto, and found a number of stubborn problems for the company.