Stories tagged: Uber
UPDATED: Thu., April 20, 2017, 1:36 p.m.
Portland opens its streets to self-driving cars
Autonomous vehicles need to drive and drive and drive, vacuuming up hours of real-life encounters on the road to make their algorithms smarter and safer.
Wed., April 12, 2017, 8:24 a.m.
Uber’s PR head resigns amid tumultuous time for company
Uber says its head of communications has decided to leave the ride-hailing company.
Fri., April 7, 2017, 5:51 a.m.
Harassment headlines spotlight change – and the lack of it
The accusations – of an Uber manager propositioning an engineer via instant message on her first day in his department, of the top-rated host at Fox News calling female co-workers …
Wed., April 5, 2017, 7:53 a.m.
Pasco OKs ride-hailing companies but requires fingerprinting
PASCO – The Pasco City Council has voted to greenlight ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft. But the city is requiring that all drivers be fingerprinted. The Tri-City reported …
UPDATED: Tue., April 4, 2017, 1:26 p.m.
Seattle law allowing Uber, Lyft drivers to unionize blocked
Seattle’s first-in-the-nation law allowing drivers-for-hire to unionize was blocked by a federal judge, giving a legal boost to ride-hailing companies such as Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc.
Sat., March 25, 2017, 10:58 a.m.
Uber driverless car not at fault in Arizona accident, police say
A self-driving car operated by Uber Technologies was involved in a crash in Tempe, Arizona, the latest incident for a company reeling from multiple crises.
Mon., March 20, 2017, 7:47 a.m.
Uber president is the latest top executive to depart company after months of scandal
Two prominent executives, including the president who joined Uber just six months ago, are leaving the company, another sign of tumult as the ride-hailing service continues to grapple with months …
Sun., March 19, 2017, 7:21 p.m.
President of embattled Uber leaves after 6 months on job
Jeff Jones, president of the embattled ride-hailing company Uber, has resigned just six months after taking the job, the company confirmed Sunday.
Mon., March 13, 2017, 12:55 p.m.
Dispute heats up between Uber, Waymo over self-driving technology
Self-driving car company Waymo asked a judge to bar Uber from continuing to make or use self-driving technology that the company claims was stolen by former employees, according to court …
Tue., March 7, 2017, 11:09 a.m.
Portland to investigate Uber scheme to thwart regulators
Officials in Portland called for an investigation into whether Uber used software to identify and reject hails from city code enforcers.
Sun., March 5, 2017, midnight
Ride-sharing services give some millennials a reason to own cars
Services like Uber and Lyft have long been pitched as a replacement for car ownership.
UPDATED: Wed., March 1, 2017, 6:37 p.m.
Uber takes the path less traveled and it’s a rocky one
Uber’s CEO says he needs leadership help after a video has emerged of him arguing heatedly with a driver about fares.
Mon., Feb. 20, 2017, 5:11 p.m.
Uber investigating sexual discrimination claims by ex-engineer
Uber Technologies Inc. is looking into allegations from a former engineer of sexual harassment, a new accusation that’s likely to draw renewed attention to the lack of women in Silicon …
Wed., Feb. 15, 2017, 11:49 a.m.
Uber driver returns purse after receiving text from cop
A Seattle Uber driver who was demanding money to return a woman’s purse changed his mind after a police officer sent him a text and a selfie.
UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 6, 2017, 5:46 p.m.
Uber hires veteran NASA engineer to develop flying cars
In 2010, an advanced aircraft engineer at NASA’s Langley Research Center named Mark Moore published a white paper outlining the feasibility of electric aircrafts that could take off and land …
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 2, 2017, 6:37 p.m.
Uber chief quits Trump business council amid boycott calls
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has quit President Donald Trump’s council of business leaders, according to an internal memo obtained by The Associated Press.
Fri., Dec. 30, 2016, 4:10 p.m.
Plan ahead to avoid driving drunk on New Year’s Eve
Lyft and Uber users likely to face surge pricing during peak New Year’s Eve hours
Thu., Dec. 15, 2016, 10:48 a.m.
With shipping industry poised for massive upheaval, can FedEx weather the storm?
Between 10 and 11:30 p.m., as most of this city is winding down for the night, the FedEx Express World Hub is revving up for its busiest hours of the …
Fri., Dec. 2, 2016, 12:46 p.m.
Denmark files charges against Uber over ‘illegal’ business
Danish prosecutors have filed charges against Uber’s European regional hub in the Netherlands with “helping to commit illegalities.”
Mon., Nov. 14, 2016, 7:25 a.m.
Nebraska senator moonlights as driver for ride-sharing Uber
A Republican senator helped his constituents get around this weekend by moonlighting as a driver for the ride-sharing service Uber.
Thu., Nov. 3, 2016, 4:14 p.m.
Automated cars could threaten jobs of professional drivers
Ronald De Feo has watched robots take factory jobs for years. Now he sees them threatening a new class of worker: People who drive for a living.
Mon., Oct. 31, 2016, 5:56 p.m.
Study finds racial discrimination by Uber, Lyft drivers
Drivers for Uber Technologies in Boston canceled rides for men with black-sounding names more than twice as often as for other men. Black people in Seattle using Uber and Lyft …
Tue., Oct. 25, 2016, 2:59 p.m.
Beer run! Uber’s self-driving truck makes its first commercial delivery
The first commercial shipment by a self-driving truck was a beer run. Uber Technologies Inc.’s self-driving trucking unit, Otto, said Tuesday it partnered with brewing giant Anheuser-Busch Cos. to carry …
Tue., Oct. 25, 2016, 10:14 a.m.
Pierce Transit to test ride-hailing service to fill bus gaps
Pierce Transit is exploring the use of ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft and traditional taxis to connect people to bus lines.
Fri., Oct. 21, 2016, 12:52 p.m.
Tesla may enter ride-hailing business next year
Electric car maker Tesla Motors has plans to get into the ride-hailing and sharing businesses. The company hinted at the venture earlier this week when it announced that all of …
Thu., Sept. 15, 2016, 10:22 a.m.
Girl abducted by Uber driver outwits him with her cellphone
A teenage girl outwitted an ill-intentioned Uber driver thanks to her text messages from his car and a cellphone photo that alerted West St. Paul police to her peril.
Wed., Aug. 24, 2016, 12:39 p.m.
Uber drivers’ new option: Start a retirement account through the app
Uber has teamed up with an automated investor service to offer its drivers a way to set up retirement accounts through the ride-hailing app.
Fri., Aug. 19, 2016, 3:10 p.m.
Ohio Turnpike may soon see self-driving testing
Ohio’s toll road, a heavily traveled connector between the East Coast and Chicago, is moving closer to allowing the testing of self-driving vehicles.
Thu., Aug. 18, 2016, 1:50 p.m.
Uber to offer rides in self-driving cars in Pittsburgh
The option to hail a ride in a self-driving car, which was science fiction just a few years ago, will soon be available to Uber users in Pittsburgh, the first …
Thu., July 28, 2016, 5:02 p.m.
In a boost for Uber, China legalizes ride-sharing services
BEIJING – Lifting a cloud of regulatory uncertainty hanging over the future of Uber and its competitors in China, the government on Thursday legalized ride-sharing services but announced new licensing …