Uber, Carnegie Mellon partner for new technology center

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) announced Monday it has agreed to a partnership with Uber to bring the Uber Advanced Technology Center to Pittsburgh.

Within this partnership, the ride share services company will be able to work with the university's community of faculty, students and staff, including those within the National Robotics Engineering Center.

"We are excited to join the community of Pittsburgh and partner with the experts at CMU, whose breadth and depth of technical expertise, particularly in robotics, are unmatched," Uber Chief Product Officer Jeff Holden said. "As a global leader in urban transportation, 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. This collaboration and the creation of the Uber Advanced Technologies Center represent an important investment in building for the long term of Uber."

Uber, whose mission is to provide technological solutions for reliable and safe transportation, will supply funding sources for the university including fellowships for graduate students and department chair endowments. According to the university, the center will strengthen the area in job creation and help Pittsburgh's growing sector in advanced technologies.

"I am pleased to welcome Uber to the growing list of leading technology companies that are coming to Pittsburgh to help invent the future," Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto said. "This is yet another case where collaboration between the city and its universities is creating opportunities for job growth and community development."

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