Uber hires ex-Google Maps chief for driverless car project

Uber is getting serious about maps, and it has poached the former head of Google Maps to lead the charge. Brian McClendon, a Google engineering VP and 10-year company veteran, will be overseeing Ub…

Source: safecarnews.com

Google Maps + Uber = Autonomous taxi service? In Uber’s case I wonder where the savings will be, perhaps their drivers are the largest cost in their service. If you did not have drivers though, Uber will have to own the self-driving cars.  See labor analysis: http://time.com/money/3678389/uber-drivers-wages/. The real money is in the high resolution maps that all the geo mapping servers want. Uber drivers could help build and maintain that database with their cars I suppose.

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