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By Pramod Thomas

UBER on Wednesday (9) said that it plans to expand engineering and product operations and would recruit around 250 engineers in Bengaluru and Hyderabad.

This will strengthen rider and driver growth, delivery, eats, digital payments, risk and compliance, marketplace, customer obsession, infrastructure, adtech, data, safety and finance technology teams, the company said in a statement.

By 2021-end, the total headcount at these centres is expected to touch 1,000, it added.

“Uber’s expansion plans are in line with its vision to make mobility and delivery more accessible, and to become the backbone of transportation in over 10,000 cities across the globe,” Uber said.

Uber senior director (engineering) Manikandan Thangarathnam said the teams in Hyderabad and Bengaluru work on important global mandates, and pioneer various industry-first innovations.

“In order to serve more people across the globe, we’re expanding our teams and are looking for bright engineering minds so we can collectively solve mobility and delivery challenges across all our global markets,” said Thangarathnam.

According to the company, tech teams have been heavily invested in building technology to enable safer rides and delivery across cities, including enabling mask-detection features and updating maps across countries.

Uber has been accelerating digital payments in several countries, and also using Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to digitise several parts of its operations, including driver onboarding, and uploading digital menus.