At the Code Conference tonight, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi spoke concerning the firm’s relationship with drivers, autonomous driving, uberEATS having a $6 billion bookings run fee, taking on as CEO and flying taxis, clearly.
Just this week, San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera sent subpoenas to Uber and Lyft in search of info on driver pay, benefits and classification information. Uber wasn’t accessible for remark at the time, however now evidently the corporate is looking at methods to supply benefits and insurance to drivers. Specifically, Uber is looking at an economically-sound solution to provide drivers a benefits and insurance package deal in order that “this can be a safer way of living,” Khosrowshahi mentioned.
And regardless of what former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick mentioned up to now about needing to eliminate the driving force, Khosrowshahi mentioned he disagrees.
“The face of Uber is the person sitting in the front seat,” Khosrowshahi mentioned. He added that it normally is a person driving, however that he would “love to have more women sitting in the front seat” as a result of it’s a “great form of employment.”
Still, Uber is shifting forward with autonomous driving. That’s in mild of the fatal car accident in Tempe, Arizona involving one among Uber’s autonomous autos.
“We will get back on the road over the summer,” Khosrowshahi mentioned.
Uber additionally envisions licensing its expertise — as soon as it’s protected sufficient — to third-parties and authentic gear producers (OEMs). Despite the high-profile lawsuit between Uber and Waymo over self-driving automotive expertise, Khosrowshahi mentioned he’d welcome Waymo to place its vehicles into its community. Regarding Uber’s relationship with Waymo, Khosrowshahi mentioned it’s “getting better.”
In addition to Uber’s core driver enterprise and autonomous driving, it has a number of different issues occurring for it. One of these is uberEATS, which Khosrowshahi mentioned has a $6 billion run fee, is rising 200 % and is the most important meals supply firm on this planet, aside from these in China.
Uber additionally recently acquired JUMP Bikes for about $200 million, launched UberRENT, announced a public transportation partnership with Masabi and is engaged on flying vehicles by way of its Elevate program.
Just like residential and buildings have gone three-dimensional, Khosrowshahi mentioned, “you’re going to have to build a third-dimension in terms of transportation.”
For Uber, Elevate is its “big bet” on that third-dimension of transportation, he mentioned. The huge plan with all of those modes of transportations — whether or not that’s bike-sharing, ride-sharing, flight-sharing or whatnot — is to change into a multi-modal transportation service.
“We want to be the Amazon for transportation,” Khosrowshahi mentioned.
Earlier within the dialog, Khosrowshahi shed some mild into how he had no thought he’d get the chief govt officer job at Uber. In reality, he mentioned that whereas his spouse thought he would get the job, he wasn’t as optimistic.
He additionally spoke about his relationship with Kalanick and how, early on, Khosrowshahi requested for house and Kalanick revered that.
“I consult with him the way I consult with the board,” Khosrowshahi mentioned.
Moving ahead, Khosrowshahi nonetheless has his eyes set on the second half of 2019 to go public.
“We’re on track,” he mentioned.