Uber Adds AI Labs Division, Acquires Machine Learning Startup


Uber has taken another definitive step toward eliminating human drivers from its fleet of vehicles. This week, the ride service pioneer created a research division, known as AI Labs, while simultaneously acquiring machine learning startup Geometric Intelligence for an undisclosed sum. The new lab will become the incubator for products and technology that Uber can use to further automate the operation of its vehicles and service. The new lab will be initially populated by the 15 employees that made up Geometric Intelligence, a New York-based startup that assembled a team of young AI university researchers and enthusiasts. Heading the new Uber lab will be Geometric Intelligence founding CEO Gary Markus, a professor at NYU.