Google ex­ec­u­tive leaves Uber board

The Myanmar Times - - International Business -

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. –

Photo: AFP

Doug Parker, COO of nuTon­omy, stands next to a driver­less taxi in Singapore on Au­gust 29.

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