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The ride-sharing firm Uber
will, for the first time, allow
users to hail self-driving cars
within a fortnight, the
company has confirmed.
Uber said the launch
would take place in
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It
added that it was teaming
up with Volvo.
At first, the vehicles will
be supervised by a driver,
who can take control if
necessary, and an observer,
The firm first revealed
plans to replace human
drivers two years ago.
More than one million
people drive vehicles linked
to its app, but are not directly
employed by the company.
A spokesman for the firm
told the BBC: "Starting later
this month, Uber will allow
customers in downtown
Pittsburgh to summon self-
driving cars from their
phones, crossing an
important milestone that no
automotive or technology
company has yet achieved.
"In Pittsburgh, customers
will request cars the normal
way, via Uber's app, and will
be paired with a driverless
car at random. Trips will be
free for the time being,
rather than the standard
local rate of US$1.30 per
Uber to deploy self-driving cars
PETER RAY BLOOD
Acclaimed as one of the country s best bassists, Ron Reid
will be featured in one of his rare appearances on local soil
on Sunday at the Central Bank Auditorium, Lower St Vincent
Street, Port-of-Spain. Actually the launch of Reid s newest
album---Precious Metals: The Album Launch Concert is being
staged by Radio.tt at 6 pm.
A blueblood Belmont boy, Reid was born at 14 Archer Street,
59 years ago. His father was an Anglican priest but early in
life young Reid was certain that he would not follow in his
father s footsteps. "I think I figured it out pretty early that
music was my true calling," said Reid this week. "Being so
close to the church I was fortunate to see the dichotomies of
being a priest and realised that this wasn t for me."
"At high school at Trinity College none of my colleagues
saw music as a chosen career and many of them would smirk
when I said I wanted to be a musician. But, I decided on music
by Form Two. As boys, most were looking at careers like busi-
ness and finance. I don t know many artistes who have come
out of Trinity College."
Precious Metals is Reid s third album, the other two being
Calypsoldier and Reid, Wright and Be Happy.
He said: "I have worked on the albums done by other artistes
and think it was time that I do something for myself."
Reid is a multi-instrumental artiste with an overwhelming
passion for creating music; music especially that celebrates
his rich Caribbean heritage. This Trinidad-born bassist, steel
drummer, composer/educator has for the past 30 years been
a standard-bearer for improvisational Caribbean music.
Reid is an associate professor of Contemporary Writing and
Production at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He teaches
several arranging classes as well as steelpan and Afropop
He said: "The Berklee experience has been a very good one.
I left Trinidad in 1985 to enrol at Berklee as an undergrad. I
worked at Berklee for a little while after, then I left to attend
graduate school to return to Berklee in 1996 to be on its
This year Reid is celebrating 20 years being on Berklee s staff
and during those two decades has shared musical overtures
and paths with colleagues and students alike. He said: "I have
played and worked with some of my colleagues, as well as my
students; several of them actually. A few of my students appear
on this CD. Some of the outstanding ones I have worked with
are Nadia Washington, who has performed in Trinidad, Katie
Thiroux, a well-known bassist, and faculty members like Daniel
Smith, Terri Lynn Carrington and Toron Israel."
About the new CD, Reid said: "The album was named Pre-
cious Metals because I had this concept for a while, that I
would do an album which celebrated the combination of brass,
steel and metallic percussion. So the idea sprung from how
much I could write tunes that would feature these instruments.
"Seeing that this was an independent production I realised
that I had to be realistic. I actually wanted to do this with
a large steelband and a full orchestra. I realise that I would
have to embark on that project whenever I get substantial
funding down the road."
Reid began his career as a bassist in the late Lord Kitchener s
ist he has
to name a
visit to his
me. I don t
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n the States
th be told,
I have been impressed
by the level of
musicianship by the
younger musicians of T&T
and realise that they are
taking their studies more
seriously than the youth of
was sure he
wanted to be
since he was
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