Uber just moved another step closer to realizing its goal of driverless cars.

The ride hailing company announced a new research partnership with the University of Arizona focused on mapping and optics, both of which are essential to self-driving vehicles.

The partnership will allow Uber employees to work with researchers at the university specializing in lens design “to improve the imagery of what we capture and use to build out mapping and our safety features,” Uber’s Brian McClendon told the Associated Press. The company will also test its mapping vehicles in Tuscon and is donating $25,000 to the university’s College of Optical Sciences as part of the project. Read more…

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Uber announces new research project for self-driving cars