Waymo, Google’s sister company, filed a lawsuit against Uber in February over claims it stole the intellectual property for lidar, a key sensor that allows self-driving cars to avoid obstacles.
Uber is falling further behind as it battles it out in court. Only a few self-driving platforms will ultimately secure the market, and if Uber is late it could be costly.
For a company burning through cash, self-driving tech is starting to look like a problematic vestige Uber could stand to leave behind.
Meanwhile Lyft is setting itself up to become the first autonomous ride-hailing service.
GM, which invested $500 million in Lyft last January, will deploy thousands of self-driving Chevy Bolts on the network in 2018. Lyft has also partnered with self-driving startup nuTonomy to launch a pilot in Boston before the end of the year.