Uber may be planning to work with Waymo
An unlikely sounding deal could speed up the deployment of autonomous cars.
The news: The Information ($) says that, now legal wrangling between the two firms is over, Uber is mulling a partnership with Waymo to roll out autonomous cars.
The idea: Uber’s CEO says “the network is [its] business.” And a source tells the Information that the company may happily allow driverless car operators, like Waymo, to take a chunk of fares, just like drivers do now.
Why it matters: The pairing of Waymo’s autonomy tech—arguably the most advanced in the world—and Uber’s network could get robo-taxis on roads faster than either firm going it alone.
Plus: It may be prudent for Waymo to work with Uber. After all, it owns around 4 percent of the ride-hailer.
But: There’s no sign that Waymo is interested. And Uber is also reportedly set to test its own autonomous vehicles without safety drivers in Phoenix, Arizona, which Waymo is already doing—so there’s still competition, for now.