-- The future we dreamed of decades ago is here -- and instead of flying cars, it's all about driverless vehicles.
"The center will focus on the development of key long-term technologies that advance Uber’s mission of bringing safe, reliable transportation to everyone, everywhere," the company said in a statement.
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has previously expressed a fascination with driverless technology and said at a conference last year that autonomous cars would drive down the cost of hailing a ride since customers would no longer have to pay for the driver, or as Kalanick put it, "the other dude in the car."
The move into autonomous technology could eventually pit Uber against Google, which has been one of the company's biggest investors. The search giant is reportedly working on an Uner competitor using its driverless technology, according to a Bloomberg report.