A turf war is looming over driverless taxis after it emerged that Google and Uber are developing competing technologies.
Uber is to challenge Google’s supremacy in driverless cars by setting up its own testing facility with Carnegie Mellon University, which houses the world’s largest robotics research organisation. Meanwhile, Google is reported to be developing a taxi-booking service to rival Uber’s.
Uber is to focus its research on vehicle safety, autonomous driving and mapping. Travis Kalanick, its chief executive, angered drivers using the company’s platform by suggesting that they would soon become obsolete.