Uber poached Carnegie Mellon’s robotics lab to make self-driving cars (updated)

Remember how Uber forged a partnership with Carnegie Mellon University to get its ambitions for self-driving cars off the ground? It turns out this deal wasn’t exactly balanced.The Verge understands that Uber poached much of the autonomous vehicle team fromCarnegie Mellon’s robotics lab, including top staff who’d been there for more than a decade. There’s a transition period that keeps these researchers around to finish existing work, but the rash of departures is reportedly creating a vacuum at the school — and it’s not clear if those soon-to-depart people are working on academic projects or Uber technology.