Uber and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) are jointly creating a robotics research lab and technology center at the RIDC Chocolate Factory in Pittsburgh with the goal of developing new aspects of mapping, vehicle safety, and technology with an eye toward autonomous taxi fleet development.
"This is yet another case where collaboration between the city and its universities is creating opportunities for job growth and community development," says Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto.
The partnership will include funding from Uber for faculty chairs and graduate fellowships and will enable Uber to tap CMU faculty, staff, and students, both on campus and at its National Robotics Engineering Center.
"We are very proud of our long history of being first in the world in robotics, and this really cements what's going on here with Pittsburgh as a robotics city with this great new partnership coming into play," says CMU School of Computer Science dean Andrew Moore.
Uber and CMU will hold an event in Pittsburgh to formally kick off the partnership in the coming weeks. "This is kind of a very synergistic thing," notes Uber's Jeff Holden. "Robotics is at a really interesting cusp. It's basically exploding right now as a major technology area, and the industry is starting to build around that."
From Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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