Six autonomous taxis have hit the road, offering up rides within a limited 2.5 square-mile radius. This trial marks the first time self-driving cars have been used to sell rides to consumers.
The difference between the two's programs seems to be choice. Uber will reportedly be assigning its autonomous cars to random drivers, while nuTonomy allowed passengers who were interested in riding in the driverless taxis to sign up first.
Don’t worry if you find yourself in the backseat of one of these autonomous cars, though. While they drive themselves, safeguards have been put in place, including an engineer who will sit in the front seat and take over via manual controls should anything go wrong.
The risk of being one of the first people to ride in a self-driving taxi does come with a reward, however. Passengers will not be charged to take part in the pilot programs.