Travis Kalanick says Uber needs self-driving cars to avoid ending up like the taxi industry
"Getting Google's cars to a 90% solution is going to happen soon," he said, but he asks, "when do they get to that 99.99% success level?" By his count, it could be five, 10, even 15 years."It's going to be interesting, ultimately, to see how cities handle these disruption waves, which are going to be coming faster and faster," he said. "Some cities are going to allow it, and then they're going to be the bastion of the future, and the other cities are going to look like they're in the middle ages."
Although he didn't give any specifics about whether Uber envisions itself building its own car or working with partners, he believes that self-driving cars are going to be "in the world that exists tomorrow," no matter what."Are we going to be part of the future?" he asked. "Or are we going to resist the future, like that taxi industry before us? For us, we're a tech company, so we've said, let's be part of that. It's a super exciting place to be."
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