Uber announced a big deal — and it could mean driverless Mercedes at your door

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Uber’s next round of self-driving cars won’t be owned by Uber at all — and the cars could be Mercedes.

Daimler, the German automaker behind the Mercedes-Benz, will manufacture autonomous cars meant for Uber and and operate them through the ride-hailing company, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick announced in a blog post Tuesday.

“We can combine Uber’s global ridesharing network with the world-class vehicles of companies like Daimler, so that Uber riders can have a great experience getting around their cities,” Kalanick wrote.

The partnership is part of Uber’s strategy to run a network of self-driving cars, but not build them itself. The ride-hailing company already operates the world’s largest fleet of human-driven cars while owning only a fraction of them. …

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Via: Mashable: Business

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