Indian cab-hailing firm Ola is setting up a advance technology center in Silicon Valley of the U.S to develop technologies related to electric/ connected/ autonomous vehicles. The upcoming centre, which will be a first-of-its-kind in the US, will be in San Francisco Bay Area in Northern California of U.S. Notably, the much popular ‘Silicon Valley’ is in the southern part of the San Francisco Bay Area and houses Apple, Google, Facebook and Paypal, among others.

The development comes within few days after the report surfaced up saying that government of India is planning to mandate cab aggregators such Uber and Ola to convert 40% of their fleet of cars to electric by April 2026.

The technology center will reportedly be in Palo Alto in the Bay Area and Ola will be the second Indian consumer internet company to launch a technology center in Silicon Valley after Flipkart.

The center would look to on-board world-class talent who will collaborate with global teams in the various geographies where Ola operates. It would build technology solutions that can accelerate Ola’s ambitions across electric mobility and connected vehicles, as well as lead futuristic experiments like autonomous vehicles. Ola is looking to hire experts across artificial intelligence, machine learning, data sciences, engineering and product development.

Ola, which raised fresh capital for its electric Vehicle unit from Ratan Tata, in last month, is said to be hiring more than 150 engineers to work at the center who would also collaborate with Ola’s global team spread across India, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand to develop “next-generation technologies in mobility,” Ola said in a statement. The new hires would be across areas of artificial intelligence, machine learning, data sciences, engineering, and product development.

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The company will begin hiring this week for open positions. This includes hiring a senior data science professional.

Uber and Ola would have to begin switching their vehicles to electric as soon as next year in order to achieve 2.5 per cent electrification by 2021 and 10 per cent by 2023 before taking it to 40 per cent, Reuters quoted a source and records of government meetings around new rules for clean mobility.

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