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Exclusive: Mapbox nabs Uber engineering leader

Nico Belmonte. Photo: Mapbox
Nico Belmonte. Photo: Mapbox

Mapbox has tapped Uber's Nico Belmonte to be its GM of maps.

Details: At Uber, Belmonte led a team of more than 50 engineers working on the core business as well as future areas including autonomous vehicles.

  • He was also very familiar with the company's digital mapping technology, having used it for Uber's analysis of its dispatch and routing as well as self-driving car visualization.
  • "For the past four years, we've been using Mapbox," he said. "I feel this is such a natural transition for me to just move there."

Why it matters: Mapping remains a hot area for companies like Google, Apple, Here, and Mapbox that are in the business, as well as for all the internet and transportation companies that rely on such technology.

Go deeper: Self-driving cars need a new kind of map