Uber and Toyota have agreed to partner up on self-driving vehicles.
The agreement would install Toyota?s self-driving Serra Minivans on Uber?s network, integrated with Uber?s own autonomous driving system. Both brands are looking to introduce it to the wild in 2021 with a small pilot program.
?The deal is the first of its kind for Uber and signals our commitment to bringing world-class technologies to the Uber network,? said Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO of Uber. ?Our goal is to deploy the world?s safest self-driving cars on the Uber network, and this agreement is another significant step toward making that a reality.?
In a separate transaction, Toyota has invested $500 million in Uber, amidst ongoing competition that has paired automakers with technology companies – most notably Waymo?s partnership with Chrysler and Jaguar Land Rover.
Before Uber, Toyota has worked aggressively to lead in the space with a $1 billion investment in the Toyota Research Institute artificial intelligence lab and the e-Palette concept launch, which promises to self-drive pizza to your door. It will debut during the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic games.