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Ford-Backed Driverless-Car Startup Argo AI Lures Talent From Uber, Apple

PITTSBURGH—In the auto industry’s war for tech talent, Ford Motor Co. made an unusual $1 billion bet last year to fund an artificial-intelligence company in Pittsburgh with fewer than a dozen employees. The company, Argo AI, has since grown to about 330 employees, in part by luring away software engineers and robotics researchers from Apple Inc., Uber Technologies Inc. and other tech companies. Ford, which holds a majority stake in the company, is banking on Argo to help it catch up in the race to build driverless cars.