Published On: Sat, Aug 29th, 2015

Uber Hires Valasek, Miller Computer Engineers For Driver-Less Cars Project

After Google and Apple working on self-driving vehicles, Uber Technologies Inc. too has joined with the cause. It has hired two the computer-security engineers who was in news recently for hacking into a Jeep Cherokee. They gained control of the engine, brakes and steering of the car.

Earlier this year Uber has set up a R&D lab in Pittsburgh with Carnegie Mellon University. The facility is working on self-driving vehicles as well as to improve its mapping and GPS technology.


According to CEO Travis Kalanick of the San Francisco-based car-booking company, the day will come when all the cars of Uber will be of self-driving.

The two engineers hired are Chris Valasek who was director of vehicle-security research at IOActive, and Charlie Miller from Twitter Inc. They will be joining Advanced Technologies Center of Uber and work closely with Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan and Chief Information Security Officer John Flynn.

The ride-hailing company said the two are part of their project to build world-class safety and security program for the company.

Currently the company is working with a team of former Carnegie Mellon University robotics experts to improve its maps and automation technology.

Their recent hack of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles raised awareness how vulnerable to risk are the vehicles today which are loaded with more technology.

After the hack Fiat recalled 1.4 million vehicles in July this year. It also angered the executives of the auto giants as well as the atumobile industry’s trade group too.

However, the reaction in Silicon Valley was different where security research of the kind is common.

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