Uber wants to build a fleet of autonomous vehicles, but it’s clear that it can’t do it alone. Although the company is developing self-driving technology, it has no experience in building cars. That is why Uber recently announced a partnership with Daimler AG, the maker of the luxury Mercedes-Benz cars.
The German manufacturer will help Uber speed things up by adding an autonomous Mercedes-Benz to the company’s fleet of self-driving cars. Daimler is the first company to join Uber, and we expect that more will follow soon. However, Uber did not share a specific time frame as to when the new addition to their autonomous car lineup will be available. Hopefully it will share more details on this topic soon.
Uber already has a deal in place with Volvo, which is a little different than the one it has just made with Daimler. Volvo and Uber are working together to develop self-driving cars, while Daimler will do most of the work on its own. Uber will not own or manage the upcoming autonomous Mercedes vehicles and won’t help develop its self-driving technology.
Deals like these are great for the industry and will help get the autonomous technology to the next level. Uber has already launched a self-driving car pilot in the US that showed us there’s a lot more work to be done before autonomous cars become a reality. One if its vehicles ran a red light, but fortunately no one was hurt in the incident.