Uber Car Race? Google Prepping Its Own On-Demand Car Service Using Driverless-Autos

February 4, 2015  |  
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Back up Uber, word is Google is planning its own on-demand car. This service will go hand-in-hand with the self-driving cars it’s been testing, reports Bloomberg.

If it does so, the service will be competing with the Uber, which too may be planning an autonomous taxi service. The company has been plagued with reports about drivers attacking passengers.

According to Bloomberg, Uber executives have gotten a peak at screenshots of what may be Google’s ride-hailing app, and are “deeply concerned” about Google possibly using its self-driving cars as a taxi service.

Things are even more intriguing when considering the fact that Google Ventures recently invested $258 million in Uber. And Google’s chief legal officer, David Drummond, has been a member of Uber’s board of directors since 2013.

Drummond reportedly told Uber’s board that Google may soon be a competitor and apparently the board is deciding whether Drummond will be asked to resign.

Google is looking to put its driverless-car technology to use in two to five years, reports Business Insider. Uber’s probably won’t be ready for a while.

But Uber’s not taking Google’s news standing still. The ride-sharing startup’s gearing up for its own version of autonomous cars–among other things.

“Aside from its private car service, Uber has experimented with food delivery, cargo transportation and courier services, among other offerings,” reports The New York Times.

And a fleet of autonomous cars could really push the company forward. They even have a new institute  called the Uber Advanced Technologies Center which will have a joint initiative with Carnegie Mellon University. The initiative will pair Uber with researchers from the National Robotics Engineering Center and Uber will fund robotics fellowships and professorships for the university. All in the hopes of offering autonomous vehicles.

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