Uber to out drivers
Uber is taking on Google with the driverless car and, copying Google’s ‘campus’ strategy, has created the Uber Advanced Technologies Centre together with Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Uber says the new facility will enable its ‘technology leaders’ to work with CMU faculty, staff and students at CMU and at the National Robotics Engineering Center, to conduct R&D research in the areas of mapping and vehicle safety and autonomy technology.
“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,” says Jeff Holden, Uber chief product officer. “This collaboration and the creation of the Uber Advanced Technologies Centre represent an important investment in building for the long term of Uber.”
CMU says it plans to work “on real-world applications, which offer very interesting new challenges at the intersections of technology, mobility, and human interactions.”