Uber has been relying on Google Maps for its mapping needs but has been interested in having its hands on its own mapping service. The company showed interest in Nokia’s HERE Maps recently. But the news is that they have acquired a part of Bing Maps, including 100 employees.
Over the past year, we have taken many actions to focus the company’s efforts around our core business strategy. In keeping with these efforts, we will no longer collect mapping imagery ourselves, and instead will continue to partner with premium content and imagery providers for underlying data while concentrating our resources on the core user experience. With this decision, we will transfer many of our imagery acquisition operations to Uber.