Uber is investing $150M in Toronto to expand self-driving car efforts

Months soon after an Uber self -driving automobile struck and killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona, the journey-hailing big has announced it is including a new engineering hub in Toronto and increasing its autonomous exploration workforce as it refocuses its self-driving automobile endeavours.

In his initially take a look at to the Canadian tech hub given that getting to be CEO of Uber final 12 months, Dara Khosrowshahi introduced programs to invest $150 million in Toronto about the future 5 a long time. Uber will provide on 300 new personnel, bringing the company’s full headcount in Toronto to 500. The new engineering hub is expected to open early subsequent 12 months.

We have arrived at out to Uber for comment.

“At Uber, we figure out Canada’s motivation to innovation and the vibrancy of Toronto’s tech ecosystem,” Khosrowshahi mentioned in a statement offered to the Toronto Star. “We want to help the innovation coming out of this wonderful, diverse region.”

Uber opened the Toronto Advanced Technologies Group workplace past Could. It is led by neighborhood AI researcher Raquel Urtasun, a University of Toronto professor and the Canada Investigate Chair in Equipment Finding out and Laptop Eyesight.

The organization to begin with suspended all attempts to get self-driving cars on the road pursuing the deadly crash and opted not to renew its self-driving auto permit in the condition of California. Its cars have returned to general public roads, but in manual method.

Uber has been testing self-driving automobiles in Toronto due to the fact final 12 months and has said the business remains “very committed” to beefing up its AV investigate in the location.

Uber self-driving autos back on general public streets, but in handbook method

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