As far as the development of self-driving cars is concerned, we know that Uber is working on something, and we also know that Lyft is working on something as well, although last we check Lyft had teamed up with GM and more recently Waymo to help further develop the technology for the future.


It turns out that Uber had also previously seeked a similar partnership with Tesla. This is according to an upcoming book “Wild Ride” by Fortune’s Adam Lashinsky in which it quoted Uber’s CEO recalling that they had approached Tesla for a possible partnership, in which Tesla turned them down and even suggested that Uber focus on what they’re doing and not deviate.

According to Uber’s CEO Travis Kalanick, “I said, ‘Look man, we should partner.’ Elon spent the rest of the call convincing me that it’s too far out, and it’s not realistic, that I should just stick to what we do best and be focused, or I’m going to f— it all up. That’s when I knew Tesla was competing.”

That being said, Uber might have a slight setback in terms of their self-driving car plans where a US District Court Judge ordered the company to return confidential files back to Waymo as part of a lawsuit.

Filed in Transportation. Read more about Self-Driving Cars, Tesla and Uber.

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