Why self-driving Ubers are rolling around Pittsburgh

Daily News Article - September 15, 2016


1. The first paragraph of a news article should answer the questions who, what, where and when. List the who, what, where and when of this news item. (NOTE: The remainder of a news article provides details on the why and/or how.)

2. a) Define retrofitted.
b) How did Uber engineers retrofit the cars they bought to test their self-driving cars?

3. What is an UberX ride?

4. a) What was Uber’s self-driving car able to do when the USA Today reporter took a test drive?
b) Define algorithm.
c) What happened when a situation was too complex for the car’s algorithms?

5. Why is Pittsburgh a good city to test drive self-driving cars?

6. a) Define autonomy in relation to vehicles.
b) What is the biggest hurdle to achieving total autonomy?

7. List at least 3 positives and 3 negatives of self-driving cars.

8. Ask a parent: do you think self-driving cars are good for cities/towns? Why or why not?