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On Friday, Uber announced that it hired Amit Singhal, a Google search veteran, as its new SVP or Senior Vice President of Engineering.
Amit Singhal will mostly be involved in the Uber mapping and marketplace department. He will be working and reporting to Travis Kalanick, the Uber CEO. And he will also be working with Anthony Levandowski. He is the Uber self-driving program leader. Singhal will reportedly be acting as an adviser.
Uber Technologies Inc is an online transportation network company. It was founded in 2009 and based in San Francisco, California. The company is perhaps best known for its Uber app. It is developed, marketed, and operated by them.
Uber’s services are spread at a worldwide level. They are available in more than 50 countries. These account for about 550 cities at a global level.
The company app offers a ride-hailing service. Not only that but it also calculates the fare. It then transfers the money to the driver. Several companies have started following the Uber business model.
But its ride-hailing service is not its only target. Uber is also working on developing self-driving and autonomous vehicles.
On January 20, Uber announced that a new member will be joining the company. Amit Singhal is well known in the domain. He is amongst the Google veterans.
Sighal was part of the company for 15 years. He was recruited in the Internet giant company back in 2000. Amit Singhal was in charge of the core search quality department part of Google. Together with his team, they were in charge of search algorithms.
Singhal was named a “Google Fellow”. The title came based on his work for the search department. More exactly, his rewrite of the Google search engine back in 2001.
Amit Singhal held various positions during his Google years. He was also a senior vice president. And he was one of the company’s software engineers. The man left Google back in February 2016. At the time, he was the Head of Google Search.
Following the Uber announcement, Singhal also offered some details. These were posted on his personal blog. The software engineer gave Uber the following nomination. He declared it to be “a geek’s candy store”.
Singhal began by expressing his excitement. According to him, Uber’s technology is changing the urban mobility. And he is reportedly excited to be part of the team to do so.
Amit Singhal also stated another fact. He declared that Uber will be facing him with a tough challenge. More exactly, a difficult computer science problem. He is referring to the company’s mapping system and plans. Uber intends to develop a highly exact mapping system.
This will be one of the bases for its self-driving and autonomous vehicles. Such a system is vital for the good and safe working of such a car.
According to Singhal, connecting millions and millions of users in real time is quite a task. Especially so when you set out to offer them optimal driving routes. And now, this system will see a few additions.
It will have to predict real-time traffic. And will have to support multiple riders. Not to mention that it will have to be economically attractive.
Following his retirement from Google, Amit Singhal focused on philanthropy. He set up a foundation that offers high-quality education to underprivileged children.
Uber’s CEO, Travis Kalanick, also released several statements. He declared, in a Facebook post, that Singhal will offer them a chance to learn. And that he is excited to welcome the newest team member. He also appreciated the man’s passion for improving lives through technology. And at solving complex science problems.
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