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Uber’s Self-Driving Cars Promised Pittsburgh A Revolution. But For Whom?

September 29, 2017

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PITTSBURGH ― Lisa Franklin-Robinson started feeling nostalgic the moment she pulled into the quiet, wooded cul-de-sac in the well-heeled Pittsburgh suburb of Fox Chapel.

The three-story house the 53-year-old Uber driverUber had pulled in front of was one she’d visited for slumber parties as a high schooler. She remembered swimming in the pool and dancing to the jazz her best friend’s dad would blast over the in-home stereo.

The moment her passenger got into her red Ford Fusion and greeted her with a British accent, Franklin-Robinson realized her friend’s parents must have moved. She recounted her memories of the house to him, describing its layout and Japanese-style bamboo accents.

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