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Published on : Saturday, December 19, 2015
Google is all set to roll out its own fleet of self-driven cars under its new umbrella company, Alphabet. The story of autonomous cars from Google is going to pose a stiff competition for Uber, which is trying to improve its ride-sharing service to a self-driving version for quite some time.
As Bloomberg reports a private statement from a Google official citing how the self-driven cars have already logged more than 1 million miles on public roads, speculations reveal that these auto-vehicles will be deployed in college campuses, office parks and military bases to start off. The statement from the Google official also revealed that the autonomous cars traversed the roads around Texas, San Francisco and Austin as test drives.
The launch of the self-driven cars from Google will officially unveil the competition with Uber that remained under cover for all these years. Uber, in which Google Ventures has previously invested hundreds of millions of dollars, dominates the ride-for-hire business in the U.S. In fact, Uber’s 1.1 million active drivers can reach about 75 percent of the U.S. population.
By challenging ride-sharing pioneers like Uber and Lyft Inc., as well as traditional taxis, Google is providing the clearest indication yet how it plans to make money from self-driving automotive technologies that it began testing in 2009. Google spokeswoman Gina Scigliano declined to comment.