Added: 08 February 2017
Uber and Daimler create a fantastic partnership
Uber has teamed up with Mercedes-Benz’s parent company, Daimler, on self-driving cars. Uber announced on the 31st of January its plan to join forces with Daimler, who will be manufacturing cars with advanced autonomous technology, before being introduced into Uber’s ride-hailing network. Early last year, there were rumours of Uber’s interest in Daimler’s self-driving cars after it had been reported that the company had placed a large order for 100,000 Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
Uber will not own or manage any of the Daimler self-driving cars, and will not be involved in the research and development of the self-driving technology for the vehicles. CEO of Uber, Travis Kalanick, said in a blog post “Auto manufacturers like Daimler are crucial to our strategy because Uber has no experience making cars—and in fact, making cars is really hard. That’s why instead of building them ourselves, we want to partner with the best auto manufacturers in the world.”