Uber will acquire assets from Microsoft Bing, including roughly
100 employees focused on the product’s image collection
activities. In short, Uber is absorbing data-collection engineers
from Microsoft to bolster its own mapping work.
The companies confirmed the transaction with TechCrunch, but each
declined to name the terms of the agreement. Microsoft handing
Uber part of its operating expenses is minor, given the financial
scale of the firms. The technology transfer is far more
Interesting in light of my discussion with Horace Dediu about the state of the maps industry on this week’s episode of The Talk Show — Horace specifically mentioned Uber as the next major player in the game.