Uber has been developing their own self-driving tech, but it seems they might be willing to share. According to a report by Reuters, the ride-hailing company is said to be negotiating a deal with Japanese automaker Toyota to “use Uber’s automated driving technology in one of the automaker’s minivan models”. Toyota executives in the US had reportedly met with Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi to strike a deal.
A spokesperson for Toyota told Reuters that their staffers have been exchanging info with Uber about autonomous driving tech “for some time now”, but did not confirm the reported collaboration.
Despite their own investments in autonomous driving technology, Toyota has said before that they are open to partnering with other companies to sooner bring in self-driving vehicles into the market. Meanwhile this wouldn’t be Uber’s first partnership with a major automaker in developing self-driving tech, as they are already working with Volvo and has recently announced to be teaming up with Daimler, Mercedes-Benz and Mitsubishi Fuso’s parent company.