Uber Plans Expansion into Maps and Driverless Cars

By Tim Maytom


Uber has announced a partnership with Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) to form the ‘Uber Advanced Technologies Centre’, with the aim of developing mapping, vehicle safety and vehicle automony technologies.

The centre, which will be established in Pittsburgh near the Carnegie Mellon campus, will enable Uber technology specialists to work with CMU faculty, staff and students along with representatives from the National Robotics Engineering Centre. The partnership also includes a fund for graduate fellowships and faculty chairs.

“We are excited to join the community of Pittsburgh and partner with the experts at CMU, whose breadth and depth of technical expertise, particularly in robotics, are unmatched,” said Jeff Holden, chief product officer at Uber. “As a global leader in urban transportation, we have the unique opportunity to invest in leading edge technologies to enable the safe and efficient movement of people and things at giant scale.”

The move into developing driverless car technology places the company in direct competition with one of its largest investors Google, who recently reaffirmed their commitment to getting autonomous vehicles into showrooms by 2020. Developing its own mapping technology would enable Uber to move away from its reliance on Google and Apple’s maps.

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