Uber edges towards driverless taxis with Daimler partnership
Uber has announced a partnership with Daimler to operate driverless taxis, weeks after its own self-driving fleet was ordered off the streets of San Francisco.
The ride-sharing company made the announcement in a blog post on Tuesday, where it said the deal differs from Uber’s previous partnerships as it will not be developing its own driverless cars.
Daimler will instead "introduce and operate their own self-driving cars" on Uber’s ride-sharing network, meaning that the ride-sharing app acts as a third-party software.
"Auto manufacturers like Daimler are crucial to our strategy because Uber has no experience making cars—and in fact, making cars is really hard," said Uber CEO Travis Kalanick.
"We can combine Uber’s global ride-sharing network with the world-class vehicles of companies like Daimler, so that Uber riders can have a great experience getting around their cities,"