University of Arizona Joins Forces with Uber for Research on Driverless Cars

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Uber is giving the UA's College of Optical Sciences $25,000 to research and develop lenses and sensors for car navigation, which could eventually lead to driverless cars being tested in Tucson, according to UA News

Gov. Doug Ducey visited the college Tuesday, and called the partnership, "A great day for Uber, for the UA and for the future innovation in Arizona."

(Can the UA have its funding back, yet?)

"Today's announcement is the latest signal that it's working...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," he said, according to UA News. "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."

Ducey signed an executive order yesterday supporting the testing and operation of self-driving cars in the state, Ducey's office said in a press release.

Uber's Vice President of Advanced Technologies Brian McClendon says the move puts Arizona on the map as a state that welcomes innovation and new technology. 

“Over the last twenty years, technology has helped democratize access to so many services—working in partnership with forward-thinking universities and elected officials across the United States. We’re still in the early days of what’s possible—and I look forward to working with Arizona to make the next step of that journey a reality," he said, according to UA News.

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