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Sunday, February 18, 2018 by: David Williams
(Natural News) As humanity inches closer to a world where self-driving cars are the norm, the company behind the biggest ride-sharing platform, Uber, wants to get a piece of the proverbial pie. To be more specific, the company wants to ban you from having your own self-driving car for your own personal use in your own city. This is according to a report on its latest activity, which shows that it supports an initiative that will severely limit your options for self-driving vehicles in the future.
According to the report, Uber has signed on as a signatory for a document titled, “Shared Mobility Principles for Sustainable Cities.” The document was prepared by the short-term rental company ZipCar, and covers a number of different “principles” that the report describes as simply “fact-free platitudes” concerning green living topics such as zero emissions, sustainability, and livability. In theory, it could do the world some good if its principles were implemented for real.
But the part where things get interesting is the final principle, where it becomes clear that everything else might as well be filler, and that it’s the one and only principle that truly matters. The final principle states, “We support that Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) in dense urban areas should be operated only in shared fleets.” In other words, only companies like Uber – or competitor Lyft and the aforementioned ZiPCar – should be allowed to operate self-driving vehicles in cities.read more: