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Newly humbled, Uber asks California for permission to test self-driving cars
Newly humbled, Uber asks California for permission to test self-driving cars

For years, Uber has gleefully courted controversy, but the past few weeks have been especially brutal for the company and its manchild CEO, Travis Kalanick. New reports suggest that Kalanick & Co. have finally had their fill of humble pie and are ready to begin playing by the rules. Uber under...Read More»

Uber self-driving prototype in San Francisco
Well, that was fast: California puts the brakes on Uber's self-driving fleet

Yesterday, we told you that Uber had brought its test-fleet of self-driving vehicles to San Francisco, and that the California Department of Motor Vehicles was not amused. Apparently, "not amused" would be an understatement. Within hours of yesterday's launch of the pilot program--which mirrors the...Read More»

Uber launches self-driving pilot in San Francisco with Volvo Cars
Uber takes self-driving cars to San Francisco, DMV isn't happy

In August, Uber surprised most of the auto world by launching a fleet of fully autonomous vehicles in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Now, the company is bringing some of its self-driving vehicles to San Francisco, California, and while that might please many Bay Area techies, the state's Department of...Read More»

San Francisco-based start-up Shift
Shift Start-Up Helps You Sell Your Old Car & Find A New One: Are Used Car Dealers Doomed?

Getting rid of a car is rarely fun or easy. Generally speaking, you're left with two options: sell it yourself, or trade it in at a dealership. Neither is ideal. Trading in a vehicle is simpler, though you'll lose a bit of dough in the process. (The transaction has to leave enough margin for the...Read More»

Lyft car with trademark pink mustache (via Wikimedia)
Lyft's New Lyft Line Offers Carpools At Mass Transit Pricing

Taxi-esque car-sharing services like Uber and Lyft have made lots of headlines recently -- and lots of enemies, too. So far, most of those enemies have been cab companies and their drivers, who are (rightly) worried about the lack of regulation in the car-sharing industry and also (less rightly)...Read More»

Monkey Parking app
MonkeyParking Told To Stop "Auctioning City Parking Spots" In San Francisco

Back in May, we told you about MonkeyParking, a new app that lets desperate drivers in San Francisco pay for parking -- or, more to the point, it lets them pay the owners of parked cars to leave prime spots. When MonkeyParking debuted, many feared that it would make parking in the Bay Area even...Read More»

Smart ForTwo tipped over in San Francisco. Photo by NBC Bay Area.
Another Downside Of The Smart Fortwo: Jerks Can Flip Your Car

"Beloved" isn't a word you'd use to describe the Smart fortwo -- not in the U.S., anyway. To those of us used to America's wide open spaces and the super-sized portions of American restaurants, the fortwo seems dangerously, unsatisfyingly petite. Our own John Voelcker scored it a cautious six out...Read More»

Car thief
Vehicle Theft Down But California Has 8 Of Top 10 Hot Spots, Report

The good news is that vehicle theft is down for the seventh consecutive year. The bad news – if you live in California – is that the state holds an unenviable eight of the top 10 hot spots. In a new report, the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) says that preliminary FBI estimates...Read More»

BMW ActiveE
BMW ActiveE: Important Proving Ground For BMW’s First All-Electric Vehicle, The i3

BMW, eager to get in the electric-car arena, announced this week in New York that it will lease 700 of its BMW ActiveE cars beginning this fall in select markets for a $499 per month, 24-month lease with $2,250 down. The ActiveE, a four-seater, is based on the 1 Series Coupe. The company will begin...Read More»

All-new 2012 Ford Focus Electric
Electric Cars Lead Cities To Amp Up

Better get ready for electric vehicles – if you want to stay with the times. That seems to be the message that some two dozen U.S. cities have gotten and are responding to with ambitious plans. On Wednesday, Ford Motor Company released its list of the top 25 most electric-vehicle ready...Read More»

Traffic Jam
Tale of 10 Cities: Worst Traffic Congestion In U.S.

Stewing and fuming, stuck in gridlock on American highways and wondering if there’s any way out of this mess? If you’re in the top 10 U.S. cities for traffic congestion, better learn some Zen meditation, choose different commute times, telecommute – or move to less congested...Read More»

policeman reaching into car
SFPD To Go Lightly On Drivers Without Licenses, Ruckus Ensues

Many police departments around the U.S. impound the cars of drivers caught behind the wheel without a license. But starting Sunday, San Francisco plans to abolish that policy, calling it unfair to illegal immigrants. Mayor Gavin Newsom, police chief George Gascón, and supervisor David Campos...Read More»

Parking Meter
Coming Soon To A Parking Spot Near You: Market Pricing?

A number of cities large and small are coming around to think of public parking spaces not as a subsidized right but a privilege worth a fee—more specifically, a sliding fee, depending on the demand for a particular spot. As the LA Times reports, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C...Read More»

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