Uber Wants 500,000 Self-Driving Cars by 2020

By Gary Cutlack on at

Those currently working as freelance Uber drivers in cities around the world may find themselves in need of a new form of zero-hours work from 2020, should the company's bosses manage to source a decent quantity of self-driving cars.

The claim comes via venture capitalist Steve Jurvetson, who told the Forbes web site that Uber's CEO Travis Kalanick has said his company would buy Tesla's entire production run of self-driving cars, should the maker be able to hit its goal of producing 500,000 self-driving cars by the year 2020 -- and also successfully lobby the governments of the world to have them actually allowed out on public roads.

Jurvetson is apparently a bit of a fan of the self-driving cars of the possible future, saying: "For those of us who have a chance to be in one, you'll never go back. I believe they are already safer than my parents," which is either a firm endorsement of autonomous cars or a sad glimpse into the mental and physical decline of his mum and dad. [Forbes via Telegraph]