Toyota joins GM to invest in ride-hailing apps
NEW YORK (AP) — Toyota is investing in Uber, making it the latest car company to put money in a ride-hailing app.
The Japanese company did not say how much the investment is worth.As part of the deal, Uber drivers can lease Toyota vehicles with money earned from their driving.Investing in ride-hailing services can be a way for automakers to sell more cars.
Earlier this year, General Motors Co. invested $500 million in Uber rival Lyft.
Uber relies on drivers who use their own cars to give customers rides.
Riders request and pay for their rides through the Uber phone app.
The company has entered more than four hundred cities around the world, despite pushback from regulators and the taxi industry about how it vets drivers.
Toyota is investing in San Francisco-based Uber alongside Mirai Creation Investment Limited Partnership, an investment fund backed by Toyota and Japanese bank Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp.-AP