The age of autonomous cars are just over the horizon, and thus no wonder, they are all the rage amongst tech companies who are near the transportation business. Uber announced a plan to cooperate with Daimler-Benz on the development of self-driving cars.
The cars, the autonomous technology, will be manufactured by Daimler. “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’s CEO Travis Kalanick in a blog post. “This became very clear to me after I visited an auto manufacturing plant and saw how much effort goes into designing, testing and building cars.”
Uber also has a cooperation with Volvo, in which they implemented Uber’s autonomous technology to a fleet of XC90 SUVs. Early last year, Uber had said to place an order for 100,000 Mercedes S-Class series. This purchase report was never verified. Since then, Uber launched its first autonomous driving program in in Pittsburgh, where it used Ford Focus vehicles and then Volvo SUVs.