The transportation giant Uber, launched its first Asian engineering centre in Bengaluru on Thursday. This centre, will work on consumer-facing products and will attempt to address local problems around poor Internet connectivity, accuracy in routing vehicles and supply projection among others.

“We started off our Uber India journey back in August of 2013, where Bengaluru was the first city we went live in. Since then, the India market has become really important for us,” said Bhavik Rathod, General Manager, Uber, adding that engineering team will help with product and service delivery, not only for the India market itself, but taking the innovations and capabilities developed here to the rest of the world.

The engineering centre currently has about eight engineers and is headed by former Google executive Jaikumar Ganesh. The company, which is the world’s most valuable start-up at $62 billion, will recruit hundreds of engineers in the current month, according to chief technology officer Thuan Pham.

Uber has another 10 engineers at its Hyderabad centre, but they work on the company’s internal system. The team in Bengaluru will work on consumer-facing products.

“Launching Asia’s first engineering center in Bengaluru is a testament to our commitment to investing in India and I can’t wait to see the innovations that will come from this team as they work to support the phenomenal growth of our business in cities across the country,” Pham said.

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