In a recent event, search engine magnum Google has purchased a mapping analytical and visualisation firm named Urban Engines on a steady note, here on Monday, September 19. The acquisition will help locate and understand the way the world moves in a better manner. Although, the terms and conditions of transactions has not been disclosed yet.


The following company focuses on providing exact locations based on analytics for urban planning as well as give support to the organisations for appropriate mapping. By joining hands with Google Maps the team aims to improve the concept of urban mobility. The information will be taken from billion of users planning trips, travelling or making plans on an everyday basis. A startup Urban Engines is all set to improve the lives of billion of commuters by preparing itself for the better phase of the journey.

Urban Engine will provide hefty data and spatial information to local government organisations as well as businesses having an assess to mobility along with an urge to offer improved transportation in its locality or surroundings. Nevertheless, the company’s head has a long-lost connection with Google and henceforth, Google Maps acquiring the mapping analytical firm will help guide billion of transporters, passengers commute properly.

Founded in 2014, Urban Engine was established by Shiva Shivakumar, Deepak Merugu, Giao Nguyen and Balaji Prabhakar. Previously served as the Vice President of Engineering and Vice President of Principal Engineer in Google, Shivakumar and Nguyen felt as homecoming after a long span of time. Both of them gave their ten best years to Google Inc. and after the acquisition, it’s the similar feeling as of a decade back. The respective company is headquartered in Los Altos, California.

According to Urban Engines, Today, we’re excited to share the next phase of our journey — Urban Engines is now a part of the Google Maps team! Location analytics is an important focus for both Urban Engines and Google, and we’re excited to combine forces to help organisations better understand how the world moves. There’s a lot we look forward to building together, and we can’t wait to show you what’s next. 

This is not the first time that the firm asked for funding as in earlier cases it has always been backed by notable investors like SV Angel, GV, Executive Chairman of Google Eric Schmidt, Andreessen Horowitz, and so on. The company has worked for many customers in various countries such as Middle East, Asia, Africa, America, Europe, etc. It has offered assistance to several mayoral offices and ministries within Smart Cities so as to help them understand the challenges faced by the common public while commuting in the day to day life.

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