Uber said to be close to selling its self-driving tech to Toyota. There is no doubt to the detail that Uber has been working on self-driving technology, but now we have got another news that ride hailing firm may have its first customer soon. Since, the company is allegedly in talks with Toyota. This step is certainly going to put its self-driving technology in one of its minivans.
According to the Nikkei Asian Review reports, Uber Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi recently met with two Toyota executives this week at the ride-sharing firm’s Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania research and development facility.
Furthermore, Uber has been also partnering with several other companies, of which Toyota is one. The ride-sharing company is said to be working with Volvo on self-driving technology as well. In order to add more value into its network Uber has struck a deal to use self-driving vehicles from Daimler.
It is important to mention here that Uber’s self-driving technology is a system that can be set up in usual vehicles after customers purchase them. The explanation and introduction of this upcoming technology was given by the head of the company’s advanced technologies group. He further explained that the system uses data provided by lidar, a set of sensors and cameras and then processes it all centrally.
After it’s installed in a vehicle, the system gives the vehicle self-driving capabilities that can be used under normal driving circumstances, but not during emergencies.
Apart from the fact that Toyota is also working on its own self-driving technology it got some plans to use systems developed by other companies for vehicles used in mobility services.
According to the details of Nikkei Asian Review, apart from to Uber’s self-driving system, the Japanese automaker could bring into play the technology developed by Chinese ride-sharing firm Didi Chuxing.
Self-driving car fitted with Uber tech gets into an accident
In a view of fact, self-driving technology is just as good as its proficiency to keep away from accidents, so any time there’s a smash involving an autonomous vehicle, it makes the news. We all know that crashes involving Tesla’s Autopilot have been famous topic for years, but it seems now, its Uber’s turn to be in the limelight for such cases.
Earlier this month in late February, WXPI initially reported on the accident in Pittsburgh involving the Uber self-driving car. In this accident both vehicles were badly damaged, even if no one was hurt.
So, when the self driving technology will completely take charge on the roads, we can expect more cases like this. This will be under close watch as precedents regarding fault in cases relating autonomous cars still need to be set.