Uber introducing self-driving car research lab in Toronto.

Uber,the ride-hailing company’s first such research hub outside the United States is coming up in Toronto.

It has hailed a prominent artificial-intelligence academic to lead a driverless-car project in Toronto with Raquel Urtasun, an associate professor at the University of Toronto, on board.

Urtasun is expected to take eight students with her and Uber said it hoped to attract others from the region’s “impressive” talent pool.

Travis Kalanick, CEO-Uber said that the new lab will focus on improved mapping for autonomous cars but the company, which also does driverless-car research in San Francisco and Pittsburgh but had no plans to actually test the vehicles in Toronto.