Daimler and Uber join to bring autonomous Mercedes to the road

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Mercedes-Benz E-Klasse Coupé; 2016; Exterieur: designo hyazinthrot metallic, AVANTGARDE // Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupé; 2016; exterior: designo hyacinth red metallic, AVANTGARDE

Daimler and Uber have joined forces to bring autonomous Mercedes to the taxi-app's fleet.

An agreement was reportedly signed between the two global corporations, with a statement issued by Daimler stating that its self-driving vehicles will be seen on "Uber's global ridesharing network in the coming years".

While further detail is yet to be revealed, the German carmaker's updated E-Class is expected to be the first to be seen on the Uber fleet, due to its position as Mercedes' most advanced semi-autonomous vehicle currently available.

The deal will mark the first time that autonomous vehicles developed independently of Uber have been used in its fleet.

Previously Uber collaborated with Swedish carmaker Volvo to fit a fleet of XC90 SUVs with its own autonomous technology.

According to CarScoops, Chairman of the board of management of Daimler AG and head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Dieter Zetsche, said: "As the inventor of the automobile, Daimler aims to be a leader in autonomous driving – one of the most fascinating aspects of reinventing mobility.

"Mobility service providers offer an ideal platform for autonomous driving technology and Uber is a leading mobility platform company.

"The real revolution in future mobility lies in intelligently linking the four major trends we call CASE: connectivity, autonomous driving, sharing and electric mobility. And we will certainly be the driver of these changes."

Meanwhile Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said in a blog post published Tuesday: "Auto manufacturers like Daimler are crucial to our strategy because Uber has no experience making cars—and in fact, making cars is really hard."

"This became very clear to me after I visited an auto manufacturing plant and saw how much effort goes into designing, testing and building cars."