Before the recent accident where a woman lost her life to an Uber AV crash in Arizona, Uber was considering selling its AV technology to Toyota. I don't know how the accident will affect the negotiations, but basically here are the initial details.
Uber and Toyota have been in negotiations to collaborate in the continuing development of AV technology. Uber is seeking a major game-changing player that can help them win the battle for AV supremacy against Waymo.
According to Toyota spokesperson, "We regularly exchange information about automated driving with Uber for some time now." However, as of now, there are no definitive actions that have been put in place.
Uber's decision to partner with Toyota comes after its defeat at the hands of Waymo. Another terrible glitch in Uber's AV future is the sudden death by car accident of a pedestrian in Arizona, where an Uber AV car hit the woman while under AV control, even with a safety driver in the car.
Toyota is pursuing its own AV program, and the only benefit it can get with Uber is access to a mass market, which will keep it in the automaker's race for road supremacy, fighting for its marketplace against other automakers including GM, Ford, Land Rover and more. Toyota recently partnered with Daimler and Mercedes Benz in their AV quest.