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SoftBank invests in Uber to take on Google

Stake in ride-hailing app will be key in company's quest for data

Uber Technologies' experimental driverless car guides itself over the streets of San Francisco.

SILICON VALLEY -- SoftBank Group, along with its partners, has all but secured a large stake in U.S. ride-hailing giant Uber Technologies, completing a portfolio spanning all aspects of autonomous driving -- from chips to vehicles to communications infrastructure.

Uber is also developing its own autonomous vehicles, along with automakers.

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