An Uber car equipped with cameras and sensors drives the streets of Washington, DC, on January 24, 2020. - Uber Advanced Technologies Group (ATG) announced it would begin data collection for self-driving vehicles on Washington, DC, roads beginning January 24. ATG self-driving vehicles - operated by two human drivers, better known as Mission Specialists - will collect road data to support the development of Ubers self-driving vehicle technology. (Photo by Eric BARADAT / AFP) (Photo by ERIC BARADAT/AFP via Getty Images)
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在經過多年開發並造成了幾起不幸的車禍事故後,Uber 的自駕業務最終似乎仍逃不過被出售的命運。TechCrunch路透社日前從匿名來源處獲悉,Uber 正與初創公司 Aurora 商談出售其自駕業務 Uber ATG 的可能性。據稱雙方從十月時便已開始洽談,不過在消息被曝光後兩家公司都選擇了不予置評。

去年 Toyota、Softbank、Denso 抱團向 Uber ATG 投資 10 億美元時,對它的估值達到了 72.5 億美元。但後續 Uber 經歷了自駕車禍被美國安全運輸委員會定為責任方、前高管 Anthony Levandowski 被判竊取 Waymo 商業機密罪成立等一系列負面事件後,Uber ATG 還能不能賣到這個價格就不好說了。而 Aurora 這邊過去得到過 Amazon 的投資,而且跟 Hyundai 也有合作,如果能吃下 Uber ATG 的話,未來在業界的影響力無疑會大大增強吧。