Uber Built a Miniature Fake City in Pittsburgh to Test Self-Driving Cars

This 42-acre simulated town has everything…errr most things, a busy city would have. From non-observant pedestrians to containers simulating buildings and terrible drivers whizzing by. ALMONO is on an old steel mill site on the Monongahela River in Hazelwood, Pennsylvania.

This very interactive village is used to test Uber’s autonomous Volvo XC90s in near real world conditions without putting anyone in true danger. According to Uber, its vehicle operators (person making sure the vehicle doesn’t go off the rails) have to go through three weeks of intensive training which include behind the wheel time at the facility, classroom work, and a series of written tests. Once vehicle programing and Uber Vehicle Operators are certified and ready for the road, they begin accepting fairs in Pittsburgh.