Toyota In Talks With Uber Over Self-Driving Technology
Toyota In Talks With Uber Over Self-Driving Technology
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Toyota is open to collaborating with other firms to quickly bring new mobility tech to market
17 March, 2018, 23:50
Uber is now is negotiating a deal with Toyota, discussing the possibility of installing its self-driving system in a minivan made by the Japanese automaker.
With Uber open to selling its autonomous technologies to other companies, Toyota is looking into installing the former's self-driving systems in its vehicles. Aiming to catch up with the front-runner, Uber has forged partnerships with a number of companies, including Toyota.
Like most other automakers, Toyota is already developing autonomous driving technologies of its own, but has signaled that it's willing to partner with other firms to advance its driverless wares. It's also reportedly the case that Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has now met with Toyota execs in the United States in relation to the talks.
Global automakers and technology firms are racing to develop self-driving vehicles as the rise of autonomous, on-demand vehicle services set the traditional business model of personal transportation that is highly based on individual auto ownership.
Uber is racing Google's Waymo self-driving auto unit, along with several other firms, to make the self-driving vehicle a reality.
Toyota, of course, is an investor in Uber, offering flexible lease terms for its drivers.
Toyota revealed at the beginning of this month that it is establishing a new company in Tokyo in the latest move to accelerate the development of self-driving vehicle technology. However, there's no info revealed on the size of Toyota's stake in Uber.
'Building production-quality software is a critical success factor for Toyota's automated driving program, ' said Dr. Kuffner.
The firm will be recruiting globally, Kuffner added.
Stay with us for the next update on Uber and Toyota's agreements in the field of self-driving cars.
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