Uber’s mapping cars have a new high-tech home

Self-driving cars need the right mapping technology and eyes—or optics—to see the world around them. So Uber—a company keen to tap into vast economic potential of self-driving cars—is partnering with the University of Arizona’s College of Optical Science. The partnership, announced Tuesday by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s office, will focus on research and development in the optics space for mapping and safety. Uber’s test vehicles, Ford Fusion cars equipped with mapping and autonomous driving technology, will be tested in Tucson, home of the UofA.