Google executive leaves Uber board
GOOGLE executive David Drummond has left the Uber board of directors as competition revs up between the companies over selfdriving cars.
“I recently stepped down from Uber’s board given the overlap between the two companies,” Google chief legal officer Drummond said.
Mr Drummond noted that Google remains an “enthusiastic investor” in the on-demand ride-sharing service.
Uber co-founder and chief executive Travis Kalanick said he was looking forward to continued cooperation between the companies.
Google parent Alphabet and San Francisco-based Uber have both been working on getting self-driving cars on roads, with their relationship evidently getting bumpier as efforts gain traction.
Uber recently announced plans to deploy driverless cars for its ridesharing services in Pittsburgh this month, pushing the envelope for the use of self-driving technology.
Uber said the program would begin with the cars carrying company “co-pilots” and engineers.
At the same time, Uber also announced two other moves to further solidify itself as a trailblazer in driverless cars.
It established a US$300 million venture with Chinese-owned, Sweden-based Volvo Cars to develop self-driving cars for sale by 2021.
And Uber is buying Otto, a San Francisco startup developing selfdriving commercial trucks. –
Doug Parker, COO of nuTonomy, stands next to a driverless taxi in Singapore on August 29.