Uber Chief Executive Officer Dara Khosrowshahi (L) speaks with journalist and author Brad Stone (R) on stage at the second annual Uber Elevate Summit, on May 9, 2018 at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles, California.
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On the second day Uber Elevate Summit 2018, CEO Dara Khosrowshahi took the stage for an interview covering everything from a recent fatal crash involving one of its self-driving cars, to his relationship with Google and Waymo, to drone deliveries.
Asked what Uber learned after one of its self-driving cars struck and killed a pedestrian in Phoenix, Khosrowshahi said "Safety has to come first," while proceeding to lay out that it will get cars back on the road in the next few months. He said Uber is working "hand in hand" with the NTSB, as opposed to tweeting ahead of the organization's findings -- Tesla -- and said that a return would only happen after a "top to bottom" safety review. He wasn't specific about any details relating to the crash or investigation, including reports about the car's sensors detecting the pedestrian but ignoring her due to software settings, but mentioned being aware of "unintended consequences" in testing its cars, and future Elevate projects.
As far as Uber's relationship with Google, interviewer Brad Stone asked about Larry Page's Kitty Hawk, which isn't one of the companies listed as a collaborator in Uber's vision and Dara said he has spoken to Sebastian Thrun since Uber reached a settlement with Waymo. Their interaction is at "the beginning of a conversation," but the future of Uber and the various Alphabet-umbrella companies could be very different from its recent past.
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