Ride-hailing app Uber is setting up its first engineering centre in India in Bengaluru to customize solutions for the local market. Uber India’s product team will be the latest addition to its existing engineering outposts in San Francisco, Amsterdam, Sofia in Bulgaria, Aarhus in Denmark and Vilnius in Lithuania. Uber’s engineering team is the new entrant to the city’s tech roster following Twitter beefing up its presence in Bengaluru after its acquired missed call startup Zipdial earlier this year.
Uber is looking to hire software engineers and products managers in Bengaluru who will work closely with its on-ground operations teams and its product engineering team in San Francisco. Called the India growth product engineering team, it will be responsible for all product and engineering projects related to growing Uber’s business here. “When Uber sets up engineering offices, our goal is to give the teams high impact projects and a considerable amount of autonomy. Currently we have engineering teams travelling to India and once this Bangalore team is established they will be aligning frequently,” Satish Shah, head of India recruitment at Uber, said. Uber employs over 4,000 people globally.
Uber’s latest ammo, to develop India-focused products, comes at a time when the ride-sharing battle is getting fierce with an anti-Uber coalition – Ola of India, Didi Kuaidi of China, Lyft of the US, and GrabTaxi of Malaysia – forming a global ride-sharing partnership under which their respective apps can be used in any of the countries in which the others operate.