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Uber Expands With Addition of Uber Freight

After months of testing, new app ready for truck drivers.

by on May.19, 2017

One of Uber Freight's big appeals to drivers is the ability to get paid for jobs in seven days, rather than three months.

Uber is no longer just about hauling people from the airport to their hotel or from the bar to their homes — it’s hauling freight.

The company unveiled Uber Freight, a cloud-based, on-demand, full truckload brokerage after the company tested concept in the “Texas Triangle,” Dallas, Houston and San Antonio for several months. And it basically operates the same way the ride-sharing service does.

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Uber Freight features an app just like the regular Uber app. However, it’s aimed at approved driers, who can search for available loads, see destination info, distance required and payment before they agree. Once they find a gig they like, the driver taps and it’s booked. (more…)

Lyft Inks Autonomous Development Deal with Waymo

Judge issues ruling in Uber/Waymo court battle.

by on May.15, 2017

Waymo and Left are partnering up to help the ride-share company accelerate its goals autonomous vehicle goals.

The intensity of the driverless ride-share competition just ratcheted up a bit more with the new partnership between Lyft and Waymo.

Lyft officials believe the deal will accelerate its vision for transportation while Waymo sadi in a statement said a deal to launch self-driving pilots would accelerate its vision for transportation and said the partnership would let its technology reach “more people, in more places.”

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Neither offered many details of the agreement. Lyft is the second-largest ride-share service in the U.S. behind Uber, which has been developing its own self-driving vehicles while in the midst of a battle over industrial secrets with Waymo. (more…)

Judge Calls for Criminal Probe in Waymo/Uber Trade Secrets Case

A dangerous turn for Uber and key employee.

by on May.12, 2017

Uber could face the possibility of having its autonomous vehicle program shut down or slowed.

A trade secrets lawsuit filed by autonomous vehicle company Waymo may be taking a dangerous turn for ride-sharing service Uber.

The self-driving spin-off of Google has alleged that a former employee stole thousands of pages of confidential documents before leaving to set up his own company that, in turn, was sold to Uber. The case has, until now, been handled as a civil matter in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, but it could now turn into a criminal matter.

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While U.S. Judge William Alsup said he would take “no position,” he did declare that there is “ample evidence” that Anthony Levandowski breached his contract when leaving Waymo several years ago, something Judge Alsup said needed to be reviewed by the U.S. Department of Justice for possible prosecution.

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Uber Moves Autonomous Testing North

University of Toronto Professor joins ride-sharing group.

by on May.08, 2017

Uber's driverless Volvo's will soon be seen piloting around Toronto as the ride-sharing company has established an office there.

Uber’s autonomous vehicle testing group is feeling the heat from Waymo’s trip hammer of allegations about stolen corporate secrets and the attempts by the company to get an injunction forcing Uber to suspend its testing operations in the U.S.

The key component being “in the U.S.”

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No problem. Uber expanded its Advanced Technologies Group by opening an office in Toronto and placing a soon-to-be-growing team of researchers under the guidance of University of Toronto professor Raquel Urtasun. (more…)

Criminal Probe Adds to Uber’s Legal Headaches

Court reportedly issues subpoena for information on “Greyball” app.

by on May.05, 2017

Uber reportedly used its Greyball software to not only bar disruptive customers but to keep hostile regulators at bay.

A federal district court in Northern California reportedly has issued a subpoena demanding information about the controversial Greyball app used by ride-sharing service Uber.

The existence of the app was revealed two months ago by the New York Times which reported that, among other things, Greyball was used to track and avoid regulators who might try to monitor Uber’s services. The company subsequently confirmed the existence of the app, but said it was used “exceedingly sparingly” to protect drivers from dangerous riders.

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A new criminal probe – which is today being reported by Reuters, the Washington Post and others – would add to the legal headaches Uber already faces. Among other things, it is battling a civil suit filed by Google spin-off Waymo alleging Uber stole its proprietary autonomous vehicle technology. Uber also is in the midst of an internal probe examining alleged sexual discrimination within the company.

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Are Privately Owned Cars Set to Vanish?

“Historic revolution” could see 95% of motorists turn to driverless, shared EVs.

by on May.04, 2017

Waymo is now offering to let the public check out its autonomous vehicles in Phoenix.

When Waymo, the autonomous vehicle spin-off of Google began offering to let Phoenix-area families try out its vehicle service last month it touched off what a new study is calling “a historic revolution in transportation.”

While the number of Americans using all forms of ride-sharing – autonomous or otherwise – is currently quite small, RethinkX, an independent think tank that looks at the impact of new technology says it will grow rapidly. By 2030, it predicts in its new report, 95% of the miles traveled in the U.S. will be in self-driving, shared electric vehicles.

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That’s a far more rapid transition than others have been predicting. A recent report by the Boston Consulting Group delivered a shock to many by forecasting 25% of U.S. miles would be driven in shared, driverless, electric vehicles by 2030. But “it’s time to adjust our thinking,” said Tony Seba, a co-author of the RethinkX study, “Rethinking Transportation 2020-2030: The Disruption of Transportation and the Collapse of the ICE Vehicle and Oil Industries.”

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Uber Hopes to Elevate Riders with Flying Taxis

“Push a button, get a flight.”

by on Apr.25, 2017

An artist's rendering shows an Uber Elevates VTOL approaching Dallas.

It looks like ride-sharing service Uber is about to take off – quite literally.

Already running tests on a network of autonomous vehicles, Uber now wants to launch a flying taxi service. At a summit meeting in Dallas, Uber officials revealed plans to begin test flights by 2020 in Dallas and Dubai for what the company plans to call Uber Elevate.

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“Urban aviation is a natural next step for Uber,” chief product officer Jeff Holden said ahead of the opening of the three-day Uber Elevate Summit in Dallas. “That’s why we’re working to make ‘Push a button, get a flight’ a reality.”

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Uber Refutes Google’s Stolen Intellectual Property Charges

Uber denies charges in latest court filings.

by on Apr.10, 2017

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick company issued a broad denial of charges leveled against it by Waymo in a recent court filing.

Uber, the ride-hailing company that is trying to change how people use cars, issued a broad denial of claims that it stole critical intellectual property originally developed by and for Google’s automated vehicle subsidiary Waymo.

The lawsuit filed by Waymo in February charges Uber is using intellectual property that was downloaded on a laptop computer by a former employee at Google, which now goes by the name Alphabet. The employee downloaded thousands of critical documents before leaving to launch his own self-driving startup, Otto, which was later acquired by Uber.

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The former Google employee, Anthony Lewandowski, now holds a critical role in Uber’s self-driving-vehicle unit, which the ride-hailing service said is key to the company’s future. (more…)

Uber Exec Could Face Injunction – or Possible Criminal Charges in Waymo Lawsuit

Lawsuit could shut down Uber’s autonomous vehicle program.

by on Mar.31, 2017

An Uber autonomous prototype rolled on its side following a crash in Tempe, Arizona.

A lawsuit filed by Waymo is taking a potentially nasty turn for Anthony Levandowski, a former Google employee who founded one of Uber’s self-driving vehicle units.

Waymo, the autonomous vehicle spin-off of Google, has gone to court claiming Uber stole some of its intellectual property, and the spotlight has fallen on Levandowski. He was a senior employee at Waymo before leaving to start his own self-driving enterprise, Otto, which focuses on autonomous trucking.

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Called to testify, Levandowski invoked the Fifth Amendment and refused to testify, one of his attorneys saying that move was made because of “the potential for criminal action.” That appears to mean the potential Levandowski could be charged with stealing intellectual property.

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More Headaches for Uber as Autonomous Vehicle Crashes

Ride-share service suspends program; sexual harassment concerns escalate.

by on Mar.27, 2017

An Uber autonomous prototype rolled on its side following a crash in Tempe, Arizona.

(Update: Uber has since resumed its autonomous pilot program and police have issued a ticket to the human driver who they believe caused the Arizona crash.)

Ride-sharing giant Uber has suspended its autonomous vehicle pilot program in the wake of a crash involving one of its modified Volvo XC90 SUVs.

It comes as the latest setback for Uber, which has begun a search for a new management team to help address a series of embarrassments including numerous claims of sexual harassment, as well as a video showing its founder and CEO Travis Kalanick berating one of the company’s drivers over pay concerns.

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“We are continuing to look into this incident,” an Uber spokesperson said of the Saturday multi-vehicle crash in Tempe, Arizona that resulted in the Uber SUV rolling onto its side. “There were no serious injuries,” according to Uber, though two Uber “safety” operators were in the front seats.

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