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How Uber and Waymo ended up rivals in the race for driverless cars

Uber and Google once considered each other allies

Mike Isaac 

At a technology conference in mid-2014, Google co-founder Sergey Brin presented the company’s first prototype for a self-driving car. Watching in the audience was Travis Kalanick, chief executive of Uber, the ride-hailing start-up. Brin’s presentation — including a video of a compact two-seater autonomously doing laps around a parking lot — jolted Kalanick, according to two people who spoke with him. Google, the search giant — long considered an Uber ally — seemed to be turning on him. And even as Uber was a growing force to be reckoned with, it ...

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First Published: Thu, May 18 2017. 22:45 IST
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