Uber is practically the new guy, first scoping out its digs here in 2014. Since then, it's had close -- maybe too close -- ties with Carnegie Mellon's robotics program, largely considered one of the best in the country. It was accused of poaching 50 of CMU's most talented researchers, then turning around and calling it a "strategic partnership" in advancing robotics. But we're not here to tear into old drama; what you need to know is that they've been shacked up in Lawrenceville since early-ish 2015.
Back in May, Uber unveiled its first self-driving car (notably, a Ford Fusion) that it'd be testing on real streets while delivering a hilariously backhanded compliment, crediting Pittsburgh's shitty weather and aging roads as the "world's best test site." According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: "We view it as, it’s not quite Everest, but it’s a hard mountain…," said John Bares, the head of Uber's Pittsburgh research lab, "but the beautiful thing is we do have that mountain right out of our front door to climb." Now, having summited Everest, the technology will be confronted with the task it was always intended to perform: cart around the masses.