Ride-hailing application Uber on Thursday launched their engineering center in Bangalore- first ever in Asia.
Thuan Pham, Chief Technology Officer, Uber Inc. asserted the importance of Indian market on global map and launched the center at their Bangalore office. Stating that “Bangalore is pool for technological talents and it is the center for technology in India hence, Bangalore would be the ideal place for Uber to set up it’s technology center.”
“The Indian market has become really important to us, so much so that it has reached a point where we are setting up an engineering center here,” said Thuan Pham.
Despite China being one of the biggest market for Uber, they launched the engineering facility in India as they believe India has unique technology problems to address.
Uber currently has around 7-9 people working in their engineering team in Bangalore and they are aggressively planning to scale up the team in this year, who will work with the ongoing operations of the company in San Francisco. Earlier, the engineering team was travelling from US to India but now, they will work in alignment with team in Bangalore. The present center will only cater to the Indian market for now and as the team gets bigger it will also look to cater the Asian market.
Role Of This Engineering Center:
- To reduce the friction in services and innovate in building a world class product.
- Innovate to work with network connection issues in India.
- Improve the ETA services.
- Innovation in accuracy and predictability.
- Enable ease of services during congestion and gridlocks.
- Innovate on cash/payment flow.