US: Google’s former head of mapping is joining Uber Technologies, as the mobile car-booking startup ramps up efforts to develop its own technology related to maps, navigation and transport. Brian McClendon will lead Uber’s Advanced Technologies Centre, the San Francisco-based company said on Tuesday. McClendon will report to Jeff Holden, Uber’s Chief Product Officer. “We’re thrilled that Brian is joining the Uber team. He led the development of Google Earth and Google Maps, truly world-class products, from the early days,” said Holden.