Uber Makes a Big Mapping Play, Hires 100 Bing Engineers

Uber is continuing its quest for maps self reliance, and is set to acquire a chunk of Bing’s mapping assets. Both Microsoft and Uber confirmed the deal to TechCrunch, but wouldn’t get specific on the terms. The deal will see…

Uber Steals Another Google Exec

Uber has poached another Googler. According to a report from Re/code, former Google engineering VP Brian McClendon is set to join the on-demand car company and will head its new Advanced Technologies Center. McClendon worked for over a decade as…

Uber’s Self-Driving Research Car Spotted in the Wild

Uber is in the early stages of developing “mapping, safety, and autonomy” systems, and its first vehicles tasked with doing so have just hit the road. Where? In Pittsburgh, where the Pittsburgh Business Times spotted a black Ford with a…

Tunnels Under Rome Being Mapped to Prevent Further Damage to City

An extensive series of ancient tunnels and quarries under Rome are threatening parts of the city that has been built atop them. Many years ago, Rome’s earliest architects discovered that tuff, or rock made of consolidated volcanic ash, was a…

Mapping While Driving Ruled Illegal in California

Thanks to a recent court ruling by a California appellate court, it doesn’t matter that you were only checking your smartphone to update Google Maps. That’s because the law, as it currently reads, bans any sort of hands-on use of…