Elon Musk Rejected Uber's Partnership Offer For Tesla On Self-Driving Cars

Posted: May 17 2017, 5:19am CDT | by , Updated: May 17 2017, 5:59am CDT, in News | Cars & Vehicles

Uber Offered Tesla Partnership on Self-Driving Cars But Elon Musk Rejected
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  • Tesla Rejected Uber's Partnership Offer on Self-Driving Cars

It seems that Tesla Motors rejected any and all plans for cooperation with Uber regarding autonomous vehicles last year before they announced Tesla Network.

As a book which is about to hit the shelves says, the chief of Uber tried to make Elon Musk of Tesla Motors an offer he couldn’t refuse. Yet things didn’t pan out in the end. Travis Kalanick called up Elon Musk in 2016 regarding a partnership on self-driving cars.

According to Bloomberg, this happened after Apple Inc. gave funds amounting to $1 billion to Didi Chuxing. This was a rival of Uber in China. Wild Ride, a book by Adam Lashinsky, which will come to bookstores next wee,k mentions the pitch made by Kalanick to Musk in 2016.

According to Kalanick, he tried his best to convince Musk that the two firms ought to cooperate regarding this matter in order to defeat Apple at its own game.

However, Musk explained to Kalanick that such a scheme wouldn’t work in the long run. He also spoke of how Kalanick was going to botch up the whole thing in the end.

It would be best if the two companies minded their own business, said Musk. Way back then Tesla was introducing the Autopilot system in its vehicles. Uber too was busy in its autonomous cars projects at this time.

A few days after this conversation between Musk and Kalanick, a ten year plan was instituted at Tesla Motors. Tesla was to start a rent-a-robot-car system of its own like the one extant at Uber.

Kalanick had previously expressed the fact that he felt awe everytime he saw Tesla Motors and its products. Uber later on sold its shares to Didi in China and gave up on the quest to compete with Apple.

It is all there in the paperback titled Wild Ride. Musk is shown prevaricating and weighing his options in the book. He kept saying that these plans would not be feasible and may even backfire. Musk especially felt that Kalanick was not the right man to do the job.

According to Electrek, Uber even had plans to buy over 500,000 cars from Tesla for its taxicab scheme. Yet Musk wouldn’t return Kalanick’s calls. So the deal didn’t reach its denouement.

Only a little time had passed since Musk’s refusal when Kalanick instinctively figured out that Tesla Motors was competing all by itself in the autonomous car business. So he decided not to bother Elon Musk anymore since he got the idea that Elon wasn’t interested in the proposal.

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