A lot of companies are experimenting with driverless cars, and now a handful of them are testing it out on their own.
Vtuber, a San Francisco-based software company that sells driverless car-sharing services, announced Thursday that it has been testing driverless taxis in New York and Chicago for a month.
“Our test drivers have gone through a grueling week in the field in a driverless vehicle, where we’ve seen firsthand what the experience is like to have a fully autonomous vehicle on the road,” Vtuber CEO Andrew Pritchard said in a statement.
The company says that drivers can get $150-$250 per ride for the first week, then $2,500 for the next week.
That’s a big jump from what Uber charges for a ride, which is about $60 per person per trip.
This is an incredible opportunity to test our technology, and we’re excited to be part of the next phase of driverless innovation,” Pritches said.
Vtubers vehicles are equipped with cameras and sensors that monitor the surroundings for hazards and other issues.
Prits says that while the company isn’t ready to talk about pricing yet, it expects to have drivers working for $2 an hour in the first two weeks.
The company also said that drivers will be able to use GPS technology to get around in case of an emergency.
Vttuber has partnered with Lyft, which operates in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, to test its vehicles in Pittsburgh.