As one of the world’s fastest rising companies in recent history, securing $8.71 billion in funding since 2009, and a leader of the wave of change currently shaping the future of transportation, Uber’s success and strategy are at the center of the discussion on the future of mobility. In a recent appearance at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit the usually reticent Kalanick opened up about the company’s success and gave a glimpse at the next stage of its plans for the automation of its ride-hailing fleet.

Following a rough couple years as the company expended considerable effort in attempting to enter the Chinese ride-hailing market, contributing to a loss of $1.27 billion over the first half of 2016 according to a Bloomberg report, the company sold its Chinese operations to local market leader Didi Chuxing. The following months saw the company take a strong first step into the world of automated vehicles, stating its goals of replacing all drivers with automated cars and launching a pilot in Pittsburgh Kalanick characterized this strategic shift as nearly a whole scale reinvention of the company, moving from a transportation company to a robotics company as it develops the self-driving cars together with companies like Ford and Volvo.

The company is also breaking away from its traditional model of private transportation to explore commercial delivery markets. The company recently acquired self-driving vehicle copay Otto and has already given a glimpse of the future of freight delivery with an Otto truck’s first successful delivery, taking a load of beer, from beverage giant Anheuser-Busch, 120 miles.

As Uber continues to explore the world of autonomous vehicles and improving upon the technology, it, together with other interested parties like car manufacturer Tesla and major automakers like GM, will quite possibly shape the way we conceive of mobility in the future.

Read a Techcrunch article on the appearance. 

See the video of the interview at Vanity Fair 

Read about Uber’s use of Volvo SUVs in its Pittsburgh pilot at The Verge.

On Uber’s venture in the shipping industry.

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