Uber, Daimler partner on self-driving car initiative
February 01, 2017
Uber and car manufacturer Daimler (ETR: DAI) have entered an agreement in which Daimler will work toward introducing and operating its own self-driving vehicles on Uber’s ridesharing network. The partnership with Daimler—perhaps best known for owning the Mercedes brand—is the first of its kind, marking the beginning of Uber's plans to open its platform to manufacturers.
The ridesharing giant has teamed with Volvo in the past to produce self-driving SUVs, a fleet of which launched in Pittsburgh last October, but that partnership differs in a key way from the Daimler agreement. Those SUVs operate as self-driving taxis owned by Uber, whereas Daimler's cars will be the property of the auto giant and use Uber’s platform.