Uber said to have considered automaker joint ventures for self-driving


Uber was reportedly approached by an unnamed automaker about a potential acquisition of its self-driving business, according to The Information. The idea was shot down by Uber execs, but the approach did prompt debate at the ride hailing company around potentially partnering with an automaker on development of self-driving tech, possibly even through the formation of a joint venture.

Uber’s self-driving effort is housed under its Advanced Technology Group, which is based primarily in Pittsburgh and includes a staff heavy with Carnegie Mellon alumni and former students, whose prior research was in the field of robotics and autonomous driving.

Self-driving is an area where Uber has so far sought to develop its own technology, though it uses vehicles from automakers including Volvo…

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