Daimler, Uber Team for Self Driving
February 1, 2017
and Uber sign general agreement on the intended supply and operation of
self-driving Mercedes-Benz vehicles on Uber’ s network
Daimler and Uber today announced an agreement on their intent to
cooperate on the supply and operation of self-driving vehicles. Under
the terms of the cooperation Daimler plans to introduce self-driving
vehicles also on Uber’s global ridesharing network in the coming years.
Daimler is the first auto company to join with Uber as it opens up its
platform for manufacturers to introduce their own self-driving cars.
With its new corporate strategy entitled CASE – which stands for
“Connected”, “Autonomous”, “Shared & Services” and “Electric” –
Mercedes-Benz Cars is marking out the cornerstones for its future
success and the reshaping of mobility. This agreement is the next step
into the future of shared and autonomous driving. Daimler is a pioneer
when it comes to self-driving vehicle technologies. The new
Mercedes-Benz E-Class is the world’s first series-production vehicle to
be awarded a test licence for autonomous driving in the US state of
Nevada. With its Highway Pilot system, Daimler Trucks is now the world’s
first truck manufacturer with plans to develop an autonomous driving
system for use in commercial vehicles.
Uber has assembled a strong self-driving engineering group with its
Advanced Technology Group, which is testing self-driving vehicles on the
road in the US. Uber’s Otto division is also working on self-driving
trucks. And Uber has valuable experience that comes from running a
ridesharing and delivery network across 74 countries.
Each company will benefit from the other’s industry-leading capabilities
in research and development of autonomous driving and network
the inventor of the automobile, Daimler aims to be a leader in
autonomous driving – one of the most fascinating aspects of reinventing
mobility”, said Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of
Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars. “ Mobility service providers
offer an ideal platform for autonomous driving technology and Uber is a
leading mobility platform company. The real revolution in future
mobility lies in intelligently linking the four major trends we call
CASE: connectivity, autonomous driving, sharing and electric mobility.
And we will certainly be the driver of these changes.”
Travis Kalanick, CEO and Co-Founder of Uber, said: “Self-driving
technology holds the promise of creating cities that are safer, cleaner
and more accessible. But we can’t get to that future alone. That’s why
we’re opening up the Uber platform to auto manufacturers like Daimler.
By combining Daimler’s and Uber’s technological strengths, more people
can get access to reliable transportation at the push of a button.”