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How Car Manufacturers Are Planning To Dominate The Self-Driving Car Market

Mercedes-Benz E-class upgraded to become a self-driving vehicle.


In 2017, many car manufacturers have decided to sign different partnerships with tech companies in order to enter the self-driving car market as soon as possible.

Today, almost all car companies in the world are trying to produce a fully autonomous vehicle that could enter the market in the following years.

General Motors (GM) announced in 2016 a $500 million investment made in the Lyft company (Uber’s rival), to develop self-driving technology.

BMW has announced at the beginning of his month (August 2017) the partnership signed with the U.S. computer chip giant Intel to produce self-driving vehicles that could hit the road in the U.S. and Europe by the end of this year (2017).

Fiat Chrysler has announced a partnership with Google’s partner company Alphabet to produce self-driving cars.

Earlier this week, the German premium car manufacturer Daimler has announced a partnership with the U.S. company Uber to supply self-driving vehicles for the U.S. ride-hailing company and to create autonomous cars that could dominate the self-driving car market.

Daimler CEO, Dieter Zetsche stated that the “inventor of the automobile” aims to become a world leader in autonomous driving, which represents “one of the most fascinating aspects of reinventing mobility” in the XXI century.

The Uber company with the headquarters in San Francisco has invested heavily in autonomous driving technology in recent years, and today is testing self-driving vehicles in Pittsburgh, California.

CEO and co-founder of Uber Travis Kalanick stated that his company has no experience in car building, and that is the reason why the Uber platform was opened to the auto manufacturer Daimler.

Kalanick said further that “the self-driving technology holds the promise of creating cities that are safer, cleaner and more accessible. But we can’t get to that future alone”.

The Swedish car manufacturer Volvo is also working with Uber to develop self-driving cars that could enter the market by 2021.

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