Uber might be near waving the white flag on its self-sufficient driving aspirations.
The ride-hail goliath is apparently in converses with sell its Advance Technologies Group — which has been plagued by infighting and mishaps — to self-driving vehicle startup Aurora.
The discussions have been progressing since October, TechCrunch reports, however there is no assurance an arrangement will be reached. Uber is additionally considering taking a stake in the new organization if Aurora takes over ATG.
Simply a year ago, Uber’s ATG had raised $1 billion at a $7.25 billion valuation. Yet, the business arm has battled to make important advances, and faces extreme rivalry from Alphabet-claimed Waymo and Apple’s independent vehicle endeavors.
Uber has of late been investigating choices for ATG, a weighty money consume machine, including looking for additional external venture as the pandemic has constrained CEO Dara Khosrowshahi to zero in on center organizations including ride-hailing and food conveyance.
ATG is as yet recuperating from 2018 mishap which saw a walker executed by a self-driving Uber in Arizona, with certain specialists accepting the division’s recharged center around wellbeing is hindering advancement, as indicated by a September report.
Aurora is among many new businesses, automakers and enormous innovation organizations chipping away at self-driving vehicle frameworks, anxious to exploit an ocean change in the transportation business.
The startup, which is now trying its vehicles in the San Francisco Bay Area and Pittsburgh, in July said it was extending trying and advancement of its vehicles to Dallas-Fort Worth Area in Texas.