Uber has teamed up with Daimler to build self-driving cars, marking the second partnership between Uber and a major automaker for its autonomous efforts.
Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes, will build self-driving cars for Uber, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick wrote in a blog post Tuesday.
Uber also has a partnership with Volvo and integrated its self-driving technology into Volvo XC90s for a pilot program in San Francisco.
(The San Francisco pilot was moved to Arizona after Uber refused to file necessary permits with the California DMV for autonomous vehicles testing.)
For its first self-driving-car pilot program, Uber attached roof kits with its self-driving-car hardware to Ford Fusions. An Uber spokesperson said the company doesn’t have an official partnership with Ford, only with Volvo and now Daimler.
“Auto manufacturers like Daimler are crucial to our strategy because Uber has no experience making cars-and in fact, making cars is really hard,” Kalanick wrote in the blog post. “That’s why instead of building them ourselves, we want to partner with the best auto manufacturers in the world.”
Daimler will build cars that use its own software and hardware to navigate, but operate on Uber’s platform.
Daimler made history when its self-driving truck became the first to drive itself on a public highway in 2015. Uber also has ambitions in the self-driving truck space – it acquired self-driving-truck startup Otto in August.