Self-driving tech attracts investors, but Uber still relies on its drivers


  • TECH
  • Sunday, 19 May 2019

Ride-hailing drivers picket on May 8, 2019, near Los Angeles International Airport demanding higher wages. (Gary Coronado/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Former Uber chief executive Travis Kalanick once blamed the high cost of each ride on the "other dude in the car" – the driver. 

It has long been on the ride-hailing company's road map to someday replace its vast workforce of contractors with self-driving vehicles, lowering fares and increasing profits. 

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