Tesla turned down Uber’s offer to work on self-driving cars

In July 2015, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick allegedly declared that he’d obtain each individual self-driving car Tesla could construct. In accordance to a new book, even so, when Kalanick rang up Tesla CEO Elon Musk very last calendar year to go over partnering on autonomous motor vehicles, Musk shot down Kalanick’s provide.

The book in concern is Wild Experience: Inside Uber’s Quest for Earth Domination by Adam Lashinsky. In it, Lashinsky offers Kalanick’s description of that sick-fated simply call to Musk. To hear Uber’s head honcho explain to it, Musk gave Kalanick the operate-around, urging him to “stick to what [Uber does] ideal”.

Musk’s hesitation–mixed with phrase-of-mouth experiences that Tesla was doing work aggressively on self-driving motor vehicles–manufactured it distinct to Kalanick that Tesla was aiming to be Uber’s competitor, not its ally.

A couple of days afterwards, Musk proved the rumors and Kalanick’s hunches to be accurate when he discovered Tesla’s Top Mystery Tesla Masterplan, Part 2. Among Musk’s grand visions for his company have been a car-sharing community baked into Tesla’s operating system that authorized homeowners to hire out their motor vehicles to strangers. And Musk also outlined that in some marketplaces, Tesla would just one working day run its individual fleets of self-driving motor vehicles. 

Kalanick wasn’t pleased then, and he’s likely not pleased now.

It can be been a tough calendar year for Uber: the company had to do an about-deal with in China, strike street blocks in California, and now sits at the middle of just one messy lawsuit and two felony investigations. Also, Uber’s biggest U.S. rival, Lyft, just lately teamed up with Google spin-off Waymo to construct a fleet of self-driving motor vehicles.

And of study course there’s the entire #DeleteUber campaign that was spawned in reaction to Kalanick’s ties to president Donald Trump and experiences of misogyny and homophobia at Uber. 

In other words: Wild Experience is an really apt title for a book about Uber. It hits bookshelves and e-readers up coming Tuesday, May possibly 23.