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Uber Buys New York’s Geometric Intelligence to Power New A.I. Lab

Uber is ratcheting up its efforts to advance artificial intelligence technologies as it pushes down the road toward self-driving vehicles.

The ride-hailing app company has launched Uber AI Labs, a new division based in San Francisco focused on A.I. and machine learning research. The initial core team is made up of the 15 employees of New York-based A.I. research startup Geometric Intelligence, which Uber has acquired, according to a Monday announcement on its website. Deal terms weren’t disclosed.

San Francisco-based Uber is best known for its mobile app that enables people to summon a private driver to shuttle them to local destinations, but the company has also moved into other areas,

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