June 22, 2017

Uber vs Google: And now, the self-driving car war gets nasty

Uber self driving car
By Diablanco (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Even the biggest, most powerful companies in the world are at the mercy of a grade-school concept: supply and demand.

That’s how a person like Anthony Levandowski can get paid $120 million by Google , leave to start his own company, watch that company get acquired by Uber just months later, and then find himself barred from working on self-driving car technology by a U.S. court.

That goes to show just how important Levandowski—and other engineers like him—truly are to the arms race around self-driving cars.

It’d be one thing if there was a small talent pool and few people hiring out of it. But the current reality? That limited supply of talent is being wrung dry, by a crush of demand from some of the biggest companies in the world: Google, Apple, Intel, Uber, Tesla, Toyota, Ford, BMW, Volvo, […]

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