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Toyota Investing $500 Million in Uber

Both companies aim to work together to solve the huge challenge of how to design and mass produce self-driving cars, which use computers, cameras and sensors to guide the vehicles

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Toyota will invest half a billion dollars into ride-sharing giant Uber as part of a deal for the two companies to work together on developing self-driving vehicles.

Toyota, one of the world’s largest car makers, is seen as lagging behind other companies, including General Motors and Google’s Waymo, in the autonomous-vehicle race.

Uber has already begun testing self-driving vehicles, but was forced to remove hundreds of autonomous cars from the road in March after one of its test vehicles struck and killed a pedestrian on a street in Tempe, Arizona.

The deal between Uber and Toyota is an indication that Uber does not want to go it alone in creating the complex, autonomous driving systems.

Self-driving cars have always been important to Uber, which sees them as a way to reduce the cost of carrying passengers. Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick had insisted on developing a proprietary self-driving system, however current CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has been working to develop more partnerships for the company.

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A visitor walks through a Toyota showroom in Tokyo, Aug. 3, 2018. (VOA)

Uber has been doing safety evaluations since the March crash that killed a 49-year-old woman as she walked her bicycle across the street. The company took a step in July toward relaunching its vehicle testing in Pittsburgh, putting its self-driving cars back on the road in manual mode.

Toyota has been cautious in its approach to self-driving vehicles and has focused on partial autonomous systems. However, the company says it plans to begin testing self-driving electric cars around 2020.

Both companies aim to work together to solve the huge challenge of how to design and mass produce self-driving cars, which use computers, cameras and sensors to guide the vehicles.

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Proponents of the new technology argue that self-driving cars will prove to be safer than human drivers because the cars will not get distracted and will obey all traffic laws.

Critics have expressed concern about the technology’s safety, including the ability of the autonomous technology to deal with unpredictable events. (VOA)

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Uber Launches ‘Movement’ In Bengaluru, India

We are excited to launch this platform and its benefits for Bengalureans to encourage better infrastructure: Uber India

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Toyota Motor Corp. recently invested $500 million in working with Uber on self-driving technology for the ride-hailing service.

After successful launches in Delhi and Mumbai, US-based ride-sharing giant Uber on Wednesday rolled out “Movement” for Bengaluru.

“Movement” is a free urban planning tool accessible through movement.uber.com.

It allows people access to data on traffic patterns and travel times for any time-period and across all possible lengths of the city.

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Photo shows an exterior view of the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. (VOA)

“Through sustained efforts by our mapping team, we have been able to gather large amounts of traffic and congestion data for Bengaluru,” Christian Freese, Uber spokesperson, said in a statement.

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“We are excited to launch this platform and its benefits for Bengalureans to encourage better infrastructure, city planning and data driven policy solutions that will utilize technology to make the city more efficient,” Freese added.(IANS)