Uber’s self-driving cars are back on Pittsburgh’s roads, but a fatal crash in Arizona still sticks with them

The city remained a center for autonomous vehicle technology development — and that remained a source of pride for Pittsburgh residents.

“It’s a huge banner of success for the community that this very advanced, cutting edge, ‘the world is watching,’ is happening right here in our backyard,” said RoadBotics President Benjamin Schmidt.

East Liberty-based RoadBotics uses technology to help governments better understand and improve infrastructure. Right now, cities are looking at things like fixing potholes and repainting lane markers to make it safer for drivers and autonomous vehicles.

“It’s all these sorts of things that people need to navigate effectively, but then it just makes it harder for machines and algorithms to navigate the same space,” Mr. Schmidt said. “We’re looking at the future right now.”