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Uber's hiring plans show outlines of self-driving car project

Zach Miners | April 7, 2015
Whether the company is planning cars of its own or technology for others isn't as clear

The inclusion of "vendor interactions and supplier management" for manufacturing engineers might suggest Uber is looking to develop a system advanced enough for wider manufacturing, said Bryant Walker Smith, an assistant professor at the University of South Carolina, who chairs the Emerging Technology Law Committee of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies.

Or, with "robotics motion planning," Uber could be looking to develop technology to help a car autonomously travel along a set route, said Clemson's Taiber.

Uber indicated plans to improve its mapping systems when it said last month it was acquiring DeCarta, which holds data pertaining to mapping, local search and turn-by-turn navigation.

 

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