Uber is an app which offers convenience to people like you and me who wants a ride to our destination or people who wants to earn extra pocket money by becoming a driver to drive his/her passenger(s) from a location to another location. The fees are definitely lower than traditional taxi services and the drivers are qualified drivers.
Google Venture, Google’s capital arm, has invested $258 million onUber in August 2013. On top of that David Drummond, Google’s chief legal officer and senior vice president of corporate development, joined Uber board of directors in 2013.
Recently, Google has released leaks that the tech giant is preparing for its own ride-hailing service which also in conjunction with its long term driverless car project. Drummond has informed Uber’s board about this possibility and the Uber executives have seen the screenshots of the car-sharing apps, which is currently used by Google employees. There are also leaks that the Uber board is now considering whether to ask Drummond for resignation as a Uber board member.
Uber, on the other hand, is teaming up with Carnegie Mellon University to develop its own autonomous vehicle technology in a research facility in Pittsburgh Pa.
One possible scenario to use autonomous vehicles is that it will patrol around the neighborhood to pick up and drop off passengers as mentioned by Chris Urmson, Google executive in charge of the project, during Detroit auto show last month. On top of that, Chief Executive Officer Larry Page is mentioned to be excited with the challenges to make cities operate more efficiently. Google recently announce that the driverless car technology is ready for public use in another two to four years more.