Uber is working to expand its vehicle fleet, launching new cars in Orange County, according to a new report from the Orange County Register.
The new cars will be used in the county’s autonomous vehicle program, which aims to create driverless vehicles that are able to operate autonomously and avoid collisions.
Uber has been testing the new cars on a limited basis.
The company is currently working with the Orange county Transportation Authority, which has an autonomous vehicle pilot program that is expected to be up and running by 2019.
The Orange County Transportation Authority has said it expects to launch the autonomous vehicles in 2021, and the Orange Counties attorney general has said he expects the program to be ready in 2022.
Uber will continue to test the vehicles in Orange county and other Orange counties, including Orange, Long Beach and Orange Hills, said spokeswoman Emily Boulay.
Uber plans to test its autonomous vehicles at the Autonomous Driving Research and Development Center in Long Beach, a state-owned facility.
Uber is also testing the autonomous vehicle fleet in Orange, which includes UberX and UberPOOL, according the report.
Uber launched in San Francisco in 2021.
UberPOLL, the ride-hailing company that is currently the second-largest ride-sharing service in the United States, has been operating in San Mateo County since it began operations there in 2014.
Uber was not immediately available for comment.
The county also plans to add autonomous vehicle testing at the San Mateos Port, which was built to house autonomous vehicle fleets, according Boulary.
Uber and Lyft have been testing autonomous vehicles on private land in San Jose since 2018.
The Orange County government, however, is in the process of evaluating autonomous vehicle technology, which is expected “to be a critical component of the County’s autonomous vehicles program,” according to the report, which also said the county would begin testing self-driving vehicle technology by the end of 2019.
Uber currently operates in the Los Angeles region and in Orange and San Diego counties.