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Google plans to compete with Uber with its own on-demand car service

Discussion in 'Uber Drivers Forum' started by Dreamer, Feb 2, 2015.

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  1. Dreamer

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    Jan 19, 2015
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    Google is preparing to offer its own ride-hailing service to work with its self-driving cars, Bloomberg's Brad Stone reports, citing sources with knowledge of the plans.

    Such a move could put the company in direct competition with on-demand car service Uber, which has also hinted at plans to eventually offer an autonomous taxi service.

    Uber executives have reportedly seen screenshots of what appears to be Google's ride-hailing app, according to Stone's sources, and are "deeply concerned." about the possibility of Google using its self-driving cars to pick up and drop off passengers.

    To make matters even more interesting, Google's venture arm, Google Ventures, has invested $258 million in Uber. Google's Chief Legal Officer, David Drummond, has been on the company's board of directors since 2013.

    Drummond reportedly informed Uber's board of the possibility that Google could launch its own competitive service, and the board is weighing whether he will be asked to resign.

    Stone's report comes hot-on-the-heels of a TechCrunch report revealing Uber's plans to start working on its own autonomous vehicles at a research facility in Pittsburgh, Pa.

    If both reports prove accurate, Uber and Google could become intense rivals.

    Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/repo...ans-to-compete-with-uber-2015-2#ixzz3QdCeGNKD
  2. UL Driver SF

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    Feb 5, 2015
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    Here's the important question. How do they plan on doing this in CA?
  3. ClevelandUberRider

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    More competition in any market is typically good for the consumers in the long run.
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