As two of the most innovative and forward-thinking companies in the automotive realm, it seems filling that Toyota and Uber would join forces to develop automated vehicle technologies. Plans are aimed specifically toward autonomous ride-sharing technology to be incorporated in Toyota models rather than full-scale autonomous cars. Read on to learn a bit more about the Toyota-Uber collaboration.
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“Combining efforts with Uber, one of the predominant global ride-sharing and automated driving R&D companies, could further advance future mobility. This agreement and investment mark an important milestone in our transformation to a mobility company as we help provide a path for safe and secure expansion of mobility services like ride-sharing that includes Toyota vehicles and technologies.”
– Shigeki Tomoyama, executive vice president, TMC, and president, Toyota Connected Company
What could this Toyota-Uber partnership lead to?
Toyota’s recent $500 million investment in Uber is geared toward developing new and existing technology to improve and build upon automated vehicle technology. Eventually, this could result in several ride-sharing vehicles for Uber that have autonomous capabilities via Toyota technology. The first fleet will be based on the Toyota Sienna platform and incorporate both Uber’s Autonomous Driving System and the Toyota Guardian. The utilization of these developments is projected to begin in 2021.
Stay tuned to the Toyota Vacaville blog for additional details and updates on the Toyota-Uber collaboration.
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