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Uber to use autonomous cars to haul people in next few weeks

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DETROIT — Ride-hailing service Uber says it will start hauling passengers with self-driving cars on the streets of Pittsburgh in next several weeks.

The company says the autonomous Ford Fusions will have human backup drivers but will transport passengers just like normal Uber vehicles.

Uber has a self-driving research lab in Pittsburgh and is working on autonomous technology.

Also Thursday, Uber and Volvo announced a $300 million deal for Volvo to provide SUVs to Uber for autonomous vehicle research. Eventually the Volvo SUVs will be part of the self-driving fleet in Pittsburgh.

On Tuesday, Ford announced it would have a fully autonomous vehicle in commercial operation in 2021 in a ride-hailing or ride-sharing service.