Google, Uber ally with auto giants to fight for self-driving cars
Tech giants like Google and Uber may be destined to compete with traditional automakers as we veer towards a self-driving future, but for the time being, at least, they’re teaming up to clear the road for autonomous vehicles.
The Cilicon Valley giants, along with the ride-sharing firm Lyft, have formed a coalition with Ford and Volvo to help overcome the regulatory barriers preventing the tech being approved.
In a statement on Tuesday, the new Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets extolled the safety credentials of the autonomous tech as well as the potential for the absence of human control to lessen traffic problems.
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Strickland said the group is looking to establish “clear rules” to enable a path for fully autonomous vehicles to become legal. “Nobody wants to take a shortcut on this,” he said on Tuesday.
All of the companies are working on self-driving cars for a variety of purposes. In Uber’s case an autonomous fleet would enable it to eliminate its largest expense… its drivers.
In a statement the company said: “1.3 million people die every year in traffic accidents—many of them young people. Self driving cars can help save millions of lives as well as cut congestion in our cities.”
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