Google's Driverless Car Endgame is a Fleet of Uber-Bothering Autonomous Taxis

By Gary Cutlack on at

Reports claim Google is preparing to launch its own competitor to taxi app Uber, with the tech giant's ultimate ambition being the launch of fleets of self-driving taxis in cities across the world. London's cab drivers are going to be livid.

According to Bloomberg, Uber board members have been shown screenshots of a Google ride-sharing app that's currently in testing, which is causing some trouble for David Drummond, Google’s chief legal officer and senior VP of corporate development, who's also an... Uber board member. Hmm.

But the app's only the first step. The big idea is that Google will one day use the groundwork being laid now to create a network of taxis, with its driverless car the obvious choice for building a fleet of 24-hour taxis in any country brave enough to give driverless vehicles the nod. [Bloomberg]