Uber is expanding its research operations in Pittsburgh, where the company conducts r&d on self-driving cars and other technology.
The ride-sharing service said this week that it will expand its advanced technologies center with a second operation, in Pittsburgh’s Hazelwood neighborhood.
The advanced technologies center, a partnership with Carnegie Mellon University that Uber announced last year, focuses on autonomous vehicle technology in addition to mapping and safety-related technology.
“Self-driving technology has the potential to drastically cut down on accidents and congestion while making transportation even more affordable and convenient for everyone,” said John Bares, Uber’s advanced technologies center director, in a statement. “The adoption of this technology at scale is likely still many years off, but the Steel City is a terrific place to invest now and in the future.”
A research building will be built at the Almono riverfront development, where Uber will renovate a train roundhouse and construct roadways for testing.
Uber will break ground on the project in the coming months. The company said it is working with local leaders to finalize the project’s details and will work with them to develop roadways on the site.