Uber, Lyft, Google’s Waymo—much of the auto industry’s shown a recent interest in launching taxi services of their own, with the hope of one day operating fully-autonomous cars without a driver. Next month, Nissan joins the crowded field, as the automaker plans to launch a taxi business in Japan it’s calling Easy Ride.
Uber is huge and blowing lots of cash to stay huge. Finance reports revealed to investors show the ride sharing titan lost $4.5 billion in 2017, its annus horribilis that began with accusations of heinous sexism and ended with bombshell revelations about a dubiously legal network of spies. Co-founder and CEO Travis…
Well, that was fast. Not even a week into a high-profile trial between Google’s self-driving car unit Waymo and ride-hailing company Uber, both sides said on Friday that a settlement has been reached, bringing the year-long dispute to an abrupt end.
After a year of legal jockeying, a high-profile trial between ride-hailing company Uber and Google’s self-driving car unit Waymo is finally kicking off Monday. The case centers on whether Uber advanced its self-driving car program by relying on autonomous tech files allegedly stolen from Google. Here’s what you need…
The arrival of autonomous vehicles is an inevitability, so it makes sense that before mass adoption hits, companies like Lyft and Uber would want to band together to determine what our self-driving future will look like. Sounds pretty harmless, right?
In a bit of lecturing that is not just smug and annoying but also, uh, telling on his company a bit, Uber’s CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said Tuesday that (shockingly) the secret to getting a better passenger rating was “aggressive” tipping.
Arianna Huffington was supposed to be Uber’s high-powered savior. When former Uber employee Susan Fowler came forward with an explosive piece last February detailing the ingrained culture of sexism at the company, Uber recruited Huffington, its only female board member, to help tackle the problem.
Remember a year ago when a video emerged of former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick berating a driver? When Kalanick learned the clip had been published online, he “...literally got down on his hands and knees and began squirming on the floor.” That’s just one of a litany of anecdotes strung together in a stirring feature on…
Google’s self-driving car unit already has driverless cars on the road as part of a pilot project. General Motors says it wants to have cars without a steering wheel or pedals on the road by next year.
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“All of you said all said this would work!!! Shit! Shit! Shit!” Anthony Levandowski reportedly screamed after he was publicly accused of stealing trade secrets from Google.
Uber is currently facing as many as five criminal probes over various schemes from the company’s earlier years under former-CEO Travis Kalanick, but could face more legal scrutiny thanks to yet another secret program unveiled Thursday by Bloomberg.
In January, Uber settled claims by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that it misled drivers about how much money they could make on the platform. But in a letter obtained by Gizmodo under the Freedom of Information Act, Uber argued that drivers were fundamentally at fault for earning less than the advertised rates…
It’s well-known that some Uber drivers work dangerously long shifts, but a new letter from the company offers some additional insight into how many seem to be plowing through most of their week behind the wheel.