Uber wants to buy all of Tesla's self-driving cars, someday

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick told venture capitalist Steve Jurvetson that Uber would buy every one of the 500,000 self-driving cars Tesla plans to build in the next five years. Replaying the conversation for a crowd at the 17th annual Top 10 Tech Trends dinner in San Jose, CA, this spring, Jurvetson said Kalanick sees self-driving cars as the wave of the future, Forbes reported.

Though the comments are weeks old, they've since gained new life on the internet. Tesla is developing its self-driving technology and testing 12 cars on roadways. It's been moving toward autonomous vehicles for a few years, but is not alone in the race to develop the technology. Tech companies and automakers alike are developing self-driving vehicles.

Where Tesla is the darling of the tech world, Uber is facing legal challenges around the globe. In the last month, the ride-sharing service has faced a new spat of restrictions, protests, and even violence in cities in the US, France, Mexico, Brazil, and South Africa. The action against Uber stems from taxi drivers who argue their livelihoods are threatened by Uber's cheap rides and easy-to-use hailing app. Though still some years away, self-driving cars could put such drivers out of business permanently, with or without Uber.

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