So I’m sitting in the back of an Uber the other day. It’s a Nissan Altima, the last-generation model, the one where it looks like the rear tail lights were styled using the rare Photoshop feature More Turn Signal. The driver is yammering away on the phone. And he’s cruising along about three inches from the car in… »
Uber, the car service oh excuse me technology company that just makes an app and definitely does not employ drivers, is currently fighting it out in court to make sure its employees don’t legally count as employees. In its latest motion, filed Thursday, the company argues 160,000 California Uber drivers shouldn’t be… »
On the same day that Uber got bad news from the California Labor Commission, the New York Post reports another ill omen for the technology-company-and-definitely-not-a-car-service everyone loves to hate and use anyway: NYC has impounded nearly 500 Uber cars since April in a sting against illegal “street hails.” »
Even though Uber might be considered a kind of terrible company by many, it does do some pretty cool promotions. Like when it delivers poutine to the fine people of Montreal during poutine week. And now, before the Indy 500, you can get an IndyCar to pick you up. »
A bidding war is brewing between Germany’s Big Three and Uber for a controlling interested in Nokia’s Here mapping service. And as Uber goes from glorified ride-sharing company to mover of all the things, it’s going to be a key technology to get them there.
Uber has cut off operations in Kansas after the state legislature overrode the Governor’s veto of a bill that would impose tighter background checks on drivers and increase the insurance the company would need to provide to workers in the state.
One of the best things about ride-sharing services is you can match the car to your destination. Headed out to the opera? An Uber Black fits the bill. Meeting friends at the bar? Lyft is a solid choice. But what if you want something even more specialized? I mean really specialized? »
New York City continues its path towards becoming rich people Disneyland as there are now more Uber cabs in the city than actual yellow cabs. »
Uber has inked a deal with BYD, one of China's largest automakers, to supply a fleet of electric cars, and the pilot project is reported already underway in Chicago. »
Uber is almost single-handedly redefining what it means to get around. It's also led by a greedy shitweasel, joyfully violates local laws, gouges customers in times of crisis, threatens to spy on reporters, and has problems with drivers sexually assaulting passengers. It also sucks at apologizing, which makes this »
On this week's edition of Late Friday News Dump: Uber's driver database was accessed by an unknown third party, compromising the personal information of about 50,000 drivers. So far there have been no reports of unauthorized use of the information. »
Apple probably isn't getting into the car business. At least not in the way we know it today. It's getting into the mobility business, where you dial up a ride on your smartphone, Uber-style, get to where you're going and move on with your life. No monthly payments, no insurance, no maintenance and repairs. That's… »
Helicopter rides are fun and fast; and ridesharing apps are booming. These are the core ideas behind Gotham Air, a helicopter rideshare service that promises to get you from helipad to airport in six minutes. Do you need it? Definitely not. Is it amazing? We tried it — and yes, it absolutely is. »