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Uber wins back license in London – but is put on probation

A London court has granted ride-hailing firm Uber a license to keep operating in the capital, accepting the firm’s assertions that its corporate culture had changed and that it should be allowed to keep driving on the streets of London.

Police: Backup driver in fatal Uber crash was distracted

The human backup driver in an autonomous Uber SUV was streaming the television show “The Voice” on her phone and looking downward just before fatally striking a pedestrian in suburban Phoenix, according to a police report.

Uber wants to join Seattle’s bike-share battle

A new competitor wants in on Seattle’s hypercompetitive, polychromatic bike-share landscape. Uber, the ride-hailing behemoth, plans to launch with its newly acquired, bright-red JUMP electric bikes.

Honolulu leaders approve 1st ride-hailing price cap in U.S.

Honolulu leaders approved a measure Wednesday to limit prices that ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft can charge during peak demand, a cap that the companies say would be the first restriction of its kind in the United States.

Uber’s 911 ‘panic button’ is now live in its U.S. app

Uber rolled out the 911 capability in its app across the United States, after saying in April the feature was in the works. Riders can find the option in a new safety center area that can be accessed from the app’s home screen.

Feds say Uber self-driving SUV saw pedestrian but didn’t brake

The autonomous Uber SUV that struck and killed an Arizona pedestrian in March spotted the woman about six seconds before hitting her, but did not stop because the system used to automatically apply brakes in potentially dangerous situations had been disabled, according to federal investigators.

Flying cars get Uber boost from research pact with NASA

Uber Technologies announced a partnership to study urban manned aircraft in conjunction with the U.S. space agency NASA, following a partnership last year that focused on unmanned drones. As part of the deal, Uber will share its data with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to move the world closer to developing air traffic management systems for a world with flying cars.

Uber to up its background checks for drivers

Uber will start doing annual criminal background checks on U.S. drivers and hire a company that constantly monitors criminal arrests as it tries to do a better job of keeping riders safe.