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Investors tell Uber to ditch self-driving car program, report says

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1202 Rider Driver Guru
 Posted 3 years, 10 months ago

They are spending $200 million per quarter - $800M a year on autonomous vehicles. I totally get it though that they are looking at driver pay being the largest expense, but I did always wonder if they should be the ones providing the AV capabilities.  I mean, they are now competing against every car manufacturer and Google and Apple.

This is the article that talks to how much they are losing: https://www.theinformation.com/articles/ubers-losses-mount-at-self-driving-car-unit

Recode's take on how investors are against Uber is below:

"Uber has been trying its best to develop its own self-driving vehicle platform, in the hopes that it can do away with all those pesky human drivers and their foolish needs like living wages and insurance. And while it's made some progress, some investors allegedly think the company is better off throwing in the towel.

Some investors have suggested to Uber that it should sell off its AV development program, The Information reports, citing a source familiar with the matter. An Uber spokesperson declined to comment on the report.

The Information reports that Uber has spent between $125 million and $200 million per quarter on its AV development over the last 18 months, totaling "at least" $2 billion since the program's inception. Uber does not separate its AV-related finances in its quarterly earnings reports, but The Information claims that the losses from its self-driving unit comprise between 15 and 30 percent of Uber's quarterly losses."



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    224 Driver
     3 years ago

    I have to agree with the investors. Uber would be better off concentrating on their core business and let other companies develop AVs. They also then avoid the liability that goes with having developed the AV.

    They can always but AVs later when and if they are reliable.

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     3 years ago

    That car looks so cool.  I always loved the new designs of Ford Focus.  Looks like an Aston Martin.

    I also want that stuff on the top.  but instead of censors and cameras, I want rocket launchers and speakers.

    Who's with me?!

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       3 years ago

      Don't we all? So kickass.  

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      1072 Rider Driver
       3 years ago

      LOL.  It's a Ford.  That, in itself, is its biggeest flaw. 

      Once you've owned a Ford, you'll know why so many of us hate their cars. 

      p.s. you don't need rocket launchers, the car will eventually destroy itself.  Just give it some time. 

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     3 years ago

    I always thought Uber was biting off more than they could chew with this. Good on the investors for trying to reign this crazy company in.