Uber to invest $500 million in global mapping project: Financial Times

  • Reuters, New York
  • Updated: Aug 01, 2016 10:51 IST
The logo of car-sharing service app Uber on a smartphone over a reserved lane for taxis in a street. (Reuters Photo)

Ride-hailing service Uber will invest $500 million in an ambitious global mapping project to wean itself off dependence on Google Maps and pave the way for driverless cars, the Financial Times reported on Sunday.

The San Francisco-based company is ramping up spending in new technologies such as mapping and driverless cars following new investments in the company earlier this year, the report said.

An Uber spokesperson declined to comment on the report.

Last week, Uber executive Brian McClendon, who was formerly the head of Google Maps, said the company was “doubling down” its investments in mapping. It put mapping cars on the road in the United States last year and was sending them into Mexico this summer, he said in a statement posted on Uber’s website.

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