Uber failed autonomous car manufacture 5 years 2100 million euros invested - After 5 years and an investment of 2.100 million euros (almost 2.500 million dollars), Uber's efforts to manufacture an autonomous car have only managed to create a vehicle that always encounters a problem before traveling a kilometer.
This is what the Information narrates in a detailed report. In it, he publishes an email sent by the unit's manager, Eric Meyhofer, to Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, 3 weeks ago, which recounts his unease that his team is not even close to getting an autonomous vehicle on the streets.
"The car does not drive well" and the vehicle "costs simple routines and simple maneuvers", would have written the high office, whose identity the Information claims to have confirmed.
Therefore, the manager believes that the unit " has simply failed to evolve and generate a meaningful process so long that something has to be said before a disaster occurs."
It also conveys the feeling of its staff that Uber will lose the race to Alphabet's Waymo and Apple's autonomous car technology, which have already proven to have advanced much further.
"The talent is here to do its job, but the spirits decline," he says, while suggesting an atmosphere of internal struggles and talking about several complications.
Uber has invested millions in building an autonomous car since 2015 with its Advance Technologies Group unit.
Uber failed autonomous car manufacture 5 years 2100 million euros
The Information narrates that teams within the unit have different visions: those coming from the aerospace sector or the government are focused on safety while engineers believe that progress has been very slow since an Uber autonomous car killed a pedestrian in 2018 in Arizona, because they believe Uber overcorrected that mistake.
"We're not just building software and launching it on the streets to see how it works. Everything we do has to have rigor and verification [of software security]." "All of that can cause frustration, and I see that, too," says Meyhofer.
Jon Thomason, who reported last week that he was leaving Uber after 3 years as head of software engineering for the autonomous car team, said in his farewell letter that the team was increasingly "buried under layers of things that are not real work" and that "they did not even lead to real work."
The former CTO of the company Thuam Pham, who left in April, has told the same media that over the past two years has "periodically alerted" of the progress of the unit.
"I just don't understand why this isn't moving forward." "How could it be that there was neither accounting nor transparency," he regrets.
Uber, in addition to its business of cars with driver (Uber Rides) and its business of food at home (Uber Eats) has a multitude of other branches, in which it mostly investigates to launch new services: this is the case of its flying cars, which intends to launch in 2023 or these autonomous cars.
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