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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.


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 …


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 …


Uber drivers must accept service animals under lawsuit settlement

Uber drivers who refuse to take passengers with service animals may soon be dropped under policies the ride-hailing company is adopting as part of a lawsuit settlement with the National …


Uber raises $1.15 billion in leveraged loan

Uber has reportedly raised $1.15 billion in a new high-yield loan that will allow the company to take advantage of low interest rates without diluting the equity of early investors.


Uber, Lyft battle governments over driver fingerprint checks

Hailing a ride with a smartphone app in many U.S. cities is coming down to a fight over fingerprints.


Fine print says riders can’t blame Uber for unsafe drivers

When you catch a ride using Uber or Lyft, you do so at your own risk. Under terms and conditions that riders agree to – but few read – at …


The future of Uber in New Jersey - fingerprinting?

When Democratic New Jersey Assemblyman Joseph Lagana decided to regulate ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft in the state, his said his main priority was making sure the drivers were …


Uber cuts off Bremerton, citing $75 license requirement

The popular ride-sharing service Uber said it’s no longer doing business in Bremerton.


Uber testing self-driving car in Pittsburgh

Uber is testing a self-driving car on public streets in Pittsburgh.


Uber to pay up to $100M in lawsuits with drivers

Uber will pay up to $100 million to drivers who had sought to be classified as employees, settling two lawsuits that posed a threat to the company’s on-demand business model, …


Pennsylvania fines Uber $11M for operating without approval

Pennsylvania regulators fined Uber $11.4 million on Thursday – a record for the utility commission – for operating for six months in 2014 without the required approval. The company said …


Uber to give drivers option to be paid instantly

Uber is launching a pilot program intended to help the ride-hailing service’s drivers draw their pay faster, an effort that may also fend off emerging payday lenders who are targeting …


Authorities: Lawsuit against Uber by shooting suspect bogus

A lawsuit against Uber filed in the name of a driver accused of gunning down six people in between stops to pick up fares is a hoax, authorities said Thursday.


No clear data on safety of Uber vs. cabs

LOS ANGELES – The deadly shooting rampage in Kalamazoo, Michigan, raises anew a question that has dogged Uber and other taxi competitors: Their rides may be cheaper and more convenient …


French taxis, air traffic controllers, schools on strike

Paris police fired tear gas and taxi drivers lit bonfires on a major highway Tuesday amid nationwide strikes and protests over working conditions and competition from non-traditional services such as …


100 years ago in Spokane: Facing competition from the Uber of the day, streetcar companies announce merger

From our archives, 100 years ago Spokane’s streetcar companies were in a slump, partly because of the steep rise in auto ownership, and partly because of competition from the jitneys, …


Spokane judge orders Lyft, Uber to provide ridership records

Records provided by Lyft and Uber to Spokane City Hall showing the number of trips and payments to public coffers must be released, a Spokane County judge ruled last month.


Britain’s High Court rules that Uber app is lawful

LONDON – Britain’s High Court ruled Friday that the Uber app to hail minicabs is lawful – a blow to London’s famous black cab drivers, who argued that it violated …


Until team pays, Francis picks up some cash as Uber driver

DAVIE, Fla. – Word on the street is Miami Dolphins reserve defensive tackle A.J. Francis has good acceleration, an excellent motor and a high ceiling in his 2014 Dodge Charger. …


Uber, Lyft get court order blocking release of Spokane County reports

Ride-sharing juggernauts Lyft and Uber are fighting – and winning – a legal battle to keep ridership numbers and other data about their business in Spokane under wraps. A judge …


Jim Kershner’s This Day in History

From our archives, 100 years ago The uproar over jitneys – unlicensed private cars operated like buses or taxis – reached a new level when a local businessman asserted jitneys …


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago A century before the era of Uber, Spokane was trying to deal with a new and unlicensed form of public transportation – the jitney …


‘Air Uber’ helicopter flies fans to College Football Playoff championship game

DALLAS – Ride-sharing service Uber offered a novel way to get to college football’s national championship game: by helicopter. Company spokeswoman Debee Hancock told the Dallas Morning News that 20 …


Council ready to OK Uber, Lyft; taxis to get breaks

When Chris Wetherell gets off shift as a firefighter at Spokane International Airport early in the morning, he takes a long drive to his home in Spokane Valley. On his …


Spokane City Council to study cab rules; may suspend fees

Spokane cab drivers could soon face fewer regulations thanks to a new form of competition. The Spokane City Council is considering the temporary elimination of fees on cab drivers and …


Ride-share startups reach Spokane, and taxi companies cry foul

Two firms that use web apps to create a paid ride-share system as an alternative to taxis have begun operating in Spokane during the past three weeks. And as they …