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Uber sought a Google partnership before they became bitter rivals

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The filings contain a series of emails between former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick and Google senior VP David Drummond, who at the time was also an Uber board member. The exchange, which happened in early 2015, show Kalanick becoming increasingly concerned over rumors that Google was looking to start its own ride-sharing service with the self-driving cars it was developing. From the emails, it appears that Uber was looking to partner with Google in its autonomous vehicle efforts and Kalanick, worried about the rumors, repeatedly sought a meeting with Alphabet CEO Larry Page. In one email from March of 2015, Kalanick reached out to Drummond after receiving information that Google would be launching a self-driving service in a few months. In it, Kalanick said, "We get stuff like this more than I would like.


Recent Partnerships in Autonomous Car Industry – Mobility Foresights

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The companies form partnerships, to fill gaps in their product portfolio or services. It saves them the pain and risk of rushing into a new market segment alone. The same holds true for companies trying to create a name for themselves in the autonomous car market. In order to flourish in this increasingly competitive automotive market, both suppliers and OEMs will have to move from the reactive stand to a proactive position based on market feedback and customer inclination. The partnerships in the autonomous industry will become increasingly important as conventional auto suppliers look to fill gaps in their capabilities, which in turn will allow them to deliver complete and fully functional autonomous/ADAS systems.


Baidu and BAIC Motor team up for Level 3 autonomous vehicles ZDNet

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Chinese internet giant Baidu and state-owned passenger vehicle manufacturer BAIC Motor Corp have formed a strategic partnership that will see the companies produce and promote autonomous vehicle technology in China. Announced on Friday at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017, Baidu's autonomous driving research and development arm, Baidu Intelligent Vehicle, will work with the automaker on two key projects, the first of which is the launch of a BAIC-built vehicle equipped with Baidu's telematics solutions at the Shanghai auto show in April. Level 3 autonomy still requires human drivers to be present and capable of taking the steering wheel if needed to prevent accidents, however continuous monitoring isn't required. As part of the partnership, the companies will also collaborate on HD maps for use in autonomous driving, and BAIC will provide OEM solutions including CarLife, CoDriver, and MapAuto for Baidu's intelligent vehicle program. CarLife, a smartphone integration application for connected cars, has been deployed in nearly 150 car models from 60 automakers including Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai, and Shanghai GM, and counts more than 700,000 car owners as active users.


Wyze adds ability to call for help in its app through partnership with Noonlight

ZDNet

With the latest update to the Wyze app, you can call for help while you watch a livestream feed from one of your cameras. Wyze has slowly expanded and added to its smart home and security portfolio, with $20 security cameras, door and window sensors, a door lock, and now a partnership with Noonlight. Noonlight currently provides the same functionality in apps like Tinder and integrates with the Lyft or Uber apps. With the push (or release) of a button, it alerts the company's emergency dispatchers who can direct first responders to your location. With the Emergency Button feature activated in the app, you'll see a siren button placed at the top of the screen when viewing a Wyze camera feed.


American Airlines, JetBlue launch codeshare partnership, add 33 new routes

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Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., discusses potential airline layoffs, the push to remove Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., from key committee posts, and President Biden's $1.9 trillion relief plan. American Airlines and JetBlue's partnership has taken off. On Thursday, the two airlines launched their "Northeast Alliance," a codeshare partnership that brought together almost 80 flights from both carriers -- including 33 brand-new routes. All routes are either into or out of Boston or New York City's three airports. Now customers can book 49 codeshare routes operated by JetBlue using the American Airlines website, or 25 codeshare routes operated by American Airlines using the JetBlue website, according to the launch announcement.