Uber CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, has said that the ride hailing platform is in talks with Alphabet’s Waymo to add self-driving vehicles to the Uber network. Uber’s CEO hopes that the talks and potential deal, can help heal a rift between the two firms following a court battle over trade secrets that wrapped up in February.
Speaking to Recode, Khosrowshahi said:
“The relationship is getting better. You build relationships slowly but surely. I have a long relationship with Google and we have a trust level. We’re having discussions with Waymo. If something happens, great.
They’re an incredible technology provider, they’re serious about autonomous. To the extent that that technology could show up on the Uber network, I think it could be a good thing. It’s up to them whether they want to do it or not.”
In March, Uber made the decision to suspend its self-driving vehicle from the roads after it was involved in a fatal accident involving pedestrian Elaine Herzberg. If Uber does manage to strike a deal with Waymo it will mark a u-turn on the policy it adopted in March.