Daimler, the parent company of German luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz has teamed up with ride-sharing giant Uber to provide fleets of autonomous Mercedes taxis around the world.
The fleet of cars along with the self-driving technology will be developed by Mercedes before being introduced into Uber's fleet of taxis across the world, where they will be booked by customers through the Uber app.
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick in a blog post published Tuesday, January 31 said, "Auto manufacturers like Daimler are crucial to our strategy because Uber has no experience making cars and in fact, making cars is really hard. This became very clear to me after I visited an auto manufacturing plant and saw how much effort goes into designing, testing and building cars."
The new partnership with Mercedes is quite different from Uber's current link up with Swedish carmaker Volvo which saw Uber and Volvo together retrofitted a fleet of XC90 SUVs with Uber's autonomous technology.