Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi mentioned on the Code Conference immediately that his firm is speaking to Google spin-off agency Waymo to have the self-driving vehicle tech company’s cars added to its platform.
That’s attention-grabbing for various causes. For starters, it was only a few quick months in the past when Uber and Waymo settled a court battle over allegations that the ride-hailing agency stole commerce secrets and techniques to construct its self-driving tech.
Subsequent, Uber is still reeling from a recent incident in Phoenix, Arizona, where one of its self-driving test cars accidentally hit and killed a pedestrian. The corporate began trials in the city back in February 2017, and shuttered its program there earlier this month after the state suspended Uber’s tests.
Khosrowshahi additionally famous that the corporate plans to renew its autonomous automobiles again on the highway for testing this summer time, with a deal with security.
So, whereas Uber remains to be eager to construct out its personal self-driving tech, it seems to be prefer it’s joyful to work with whoever takes the lead in bringing utterly secure autonomous vehicles to America’s streets.
Khosrowshahi mentioned that it’s as much as Waymo to resolve if it desires to companion on this, and pointed to how the deal would make sense money-wise, on condition that his firm run’s the world’s largest ride-hailing community.
Waymo is believed to be forward of Tesla, Ford, Uber and others in testing its self-driving smarts, having covered five million miles with its autonomous test vehicles as of February; after its numerous setbacks, Uber is likely trailing behind.
Close to the tip of January, Waymo additionally agreed to buy ‘thousands’ more minivans from Fiat Chrysler, to run throughout a number of cities within the US with out a human driver on the wheel.
We’ll have to attend and see if Waymo takes the bait; again in January, Khosrowshahi revealed that Uber hoped to have self-driving cabs operating in its fleet by mid-2019, so he’ll probably have his fingers crossed for the deal to happen.