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Google may be winning the race to self-driving cars, but Uber isn’t giving up. The University of Arizona has announced that it will be partnering with the ride-sharing behemoth to help with the development of optical systems for its self-driving car.

Thanks to the deal, the University of Arizona will be the new test-bed for Uber’s prototype mapping vehicles and Uber will donate $25,000 to the university’s College of Optical Sciences. On top of all that, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has signed an executive order “supporting the testing and operation of self-driving vehicles in Arizona,” according to a release from the Arizona Governors Office.

Previously Uber had been rumored to be partnering with Carnegie Mellon University to open a robotics lab in Pittsburg, where Uber’s prototype cars have been spotted already. It’s unclear if this deal is instead of that one, or in addition to it. After all, self-driving cars require optics research and robotics research. It may not be long before Uber can get rid of those pesky humans it needs to drive the cars around

Late in today’s IndyCar 500 miler at Pocono, Andretti Autosport’s Justin Wilson was struck by debris from Sage Karam’s Dallara. He has been airlifted to Lehigh Valley Network Cedar Crest Hospital. No further information is known at this time, but this post will be updated when further official word on his condition reaches us.

The race was not red flagged, it was restarted for eight laps, allowing Wilson’s Andretti teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay to take the win.