Leading global app-based taxi hailing service provider Uber has placed an order for the Mercedes S Class of epic proportions. Germany’s Manager Magazin reports that, according to its sources at both companies, Uber has ordered 100,000 units of Merc’ flagship saloon in a bid to gain access to the brand’s autonomous technology. That’s almost the total number of S Class’ the company managed to sell globally last year!
Industry experts think that, if the deal is true, it’s primary motive is to make Mercedes forthcoming with letting Uber in on some crucial aspects of its autonomous vehicle technology. It’s to be noted that the taxi company has been laying enhanced emphasis on autonomous car technology for quite some time now. The strongest hint came when it recruited 40 researchers from Carnegie Mellon University which is known for its top-notch National Robotics Engineering Centre.
Uber appears to be trying to build on Mercedes S Class’ semi autonomous capabilities to arrive at an advanced fully autonomous driving technology. It’s worth noting that Mercedes successfully completed a test on a self-driving S Class which drove the historic ‘Bertha Benz Route’, a 103 km stretch between Mannheim and Pforzheim, without any driver inputs.
Both Uber and Daimler refused to comment on the order but we can observe that Uber is all geared up to be one of the top researchers of self driving car technology.
Mercedes S Class Cabriolet – Photos
Via – Reuters.com