UA to Partner With Uber on Research

UA to Partner With Uber on Research

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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (left), UA President Ann Weaver Hart and Uber executive Brian McClendon at Tuesday's news conference to announce a partnership between the UA and Uber. (Photo: John de Dios/UANews)
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (left), UA President Ann Weaver Hart and Uber executive Brian McClendon at Tuesday's news conference to announce a partnership between the UA and Uber. (Photo: John de Dios/UANews)

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and University of Arizona President Ann Weaver Hart joined Uber executives at the UA College of Optical Sciences on Tuesday to celebrate a major economic development partnership between Uber and the UA.

As part of the partnership, which focuses on research and development in the optics space for mapping and safety, the University will become home to Uber's state-of-the-art mapping test vehicles. Additionally, Uber will donate $25,000 to the College of Optical Sciences to help the next generation of scientists, engineers and researchers continue to explore and develop new, innovative technology.

Ducey called it "a great day for Uber, for the UA and for the future of innovation in Arizona," adding that his administration has been focused on helping companies such as Uber succeed in the state.

"Today’s announcement is the latest signal that it’s working," Ducey said. "All Arizonans stand to benefit from embracing new technologies – especially when it means new jobs, new economic development, new research opportunities and increased public safety and transportation options for our state. That's what this partnership is about, and I thank Uber and the University of Arizona for their efforts and commitment to making it happen."

"This is an exciting new partnership, and I am glad that the UA's global research leadership allows us to join in a collaborative effort that will have great benefit for this state," Hart said. "Ranked as a top-20 public research university by the National Science Foundation, the UA's role in Arizona’s innovation and knowledge economy is absolutely vital. Our achievements in advanced optics and imaging technologies in particular will help Uber on the ground in Arizona.

"I'm impressed with Uber’s vision and commitment to this partnership, and grateful for Gov. Ducey’s support and leadership in helping to facilitate it." 

Read more in this UANews article.

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