Uber CEO will court carmakers beyond Toyota for self-driving

Uber CEO will court carmakers beyond Toyota for self-driving

The world’s largest car maker and biggest ride-hailing company plan to team up on autonomous driving as technological changes sweep through the transportation industry. On Thursday, Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO of Uber Technologies Inc., posted a photo on Twitter of him and Toyota Motor Corp. President Akio Toyoda and Executive Vice President Shigeki Tomoyama at the automaker’s headquarters. The Uber CEO is smiling and holding a black baseball bat from local hero Ichiro Suzuki, while Toyoda laughs at his side.

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Japan’s latest driverless car hits the Tokyo highway

Japan’s latest driverless car hits the Tokyo highway

Last month, motoring giant Nissan installed its latest autonomous drive technology on its Infiniti Q50 model.  The modified car was equipped with 12 sonars, 12 cameras, nine radar sensors and six laser scanners to enhance the accuracy of its solo journey. The test drive saw the vehicle travel 12 miles (20 kilometers) without human interference. The journey ended where it started.

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Uber orders up to 24,000 Volvo XC90s for driverless fleet

Uber orders up to 24,000 Volvo XC90s for driverless fleet

 

Uber has entered into an agreement with carmaker Volvo to purchase 24,000 of its XC90 SUVs between 2019 and 2021 to form a fleet of autonomous vehicles, according to Bloomberg News. The XC90 is the base of Uber’s latest-generation self-driving test car, which features sensors and autonomous driving computing capability installed by Uber after purchase on the XC90 vehicle.

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