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Uber hasn't lived up to its end of the bargain in Pittsburgh
Uber hasn't lived up to its end of the bargain in Pittsburgh

A few months ago, everyone seemed to be hating on 2016. Between its nonstop run of celebrity deaths and the highly contentious U.S. presidential election, more than a few folks were eager to wish last year good riddance. Unfortunately for Uber, 2017 is the new 2016. There have been so many awful...Read More»

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick
Tesla turned down Uber's offer to work on self-driving cars

In July 2015, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick allegedly announced that he'd buy every self-driving car Tesla could build. According to a new book, however, when Kalanick rang up Tesla CEO Elon Musk last year to discuss partnering on autonomous vehicles, Musk shot down Kalanick's offer. The book in...Read More»

Lyft car with trademark pink mustache (via Wikimedia)
Waymo's new plan to undo Uber? Building self-driving cars for Lyft

In case you hadn't noticed, the relationship between Uber and Google spin-off, Waymo, has been tense the past few months. In February, Waymo filed suit against Uber, claiming that the ride-sharing giant has been using Waymo's proprietary technology to build self-driving cars. Worse, the engineer...Read More»

Waymo self-driving prototype
The Uber vs. Waymo case is about to play out in public

Grab the popcorn and set your phone to vibrate: the messy lawsuit between Waymo (aka Google's self-driving car project) and Uber (aka the ride-sharing company that needs another bad headline like Mark Zuckerberg needs another million dollars) is going to play out in public. If you're already...Read More»

Uber’s Volvo XC90 autonomous car prototype
Good news for Uber's self-driving cars, bad news for Uber itself

Given the endless series of dumpster fires that have engulfed Uber since late last year, this week wasn't so bad. Of course, that's not saying much. And in fact, two of the week's major headlines suggest that Uber could face far worse trials in the near future. Here's a quick good news/bad news...Read More»

Uber self-driving prototype in San Francisco
Uber's self-driving car guru steps aside in wake of lawsuit

Uber's race to develop fleets of self-driving cars and big rigs has hit another speed bump: yesterday, the head of its autonomous vehicle program stepped down from his post in the wake of a complicated lawsuit. The move isn't especially surprising. A recap For nearly nine years, Anthony Levandowksi...Read More»

Concept drawing for Uber Elevate flying taxi service
Uber to launch flying autonomous taxis in Dallas and Dubai within 10 years (or less)

Flying cars are April's flavor of the month. Aeromobile recently showed off an awkward prototype in Monaco, clips of a Larry Page-backed levitating jet ski have gone viral, and studies have even been published about the things, even though serious talk about flying cars seems pretty premature. Now...Read More»

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick
Uber sued for unleashing 'Hell' on Lyft drivers

Uber has been experiencing its own brand of hell for the past several months. Complaints about mistreatment of female and LGBT employees, allegations of trade-secret theft, faulty self-driving software, its tone-deaf manchild CEO: headlines about these and other unsavory matters have fueled a...Read More»

Waymo self-driving car prototype
The Waymo/Google vs. Uber/Otto battle is getting uglier (and way more complicated)

Not so long ago, someone might've looked at that headline and thought we'd lost our minds, or at least fallen asleep on the keyboard. These days, though, we're all too familiar with what each of those words means and what's at stake as two of the biggest players in the field of self-driving cars go...Read More»

Navigant Research Leaderboard Report on autonomous cars (April 2017)
Who's winning the self-driving car race? It's not the company you think

When you think of self-driving cars, you probably think of Tesla and its well-known Autopilot software. Or perhaps you think of Uber and its recent troubles with autonomous tech. Or you might just think of Waymo (formerly, Google's autonomous car program), which has been working the longest and...Read More»

Self-driving Uber prototype involved in a crash in Tempe, Arizona
Uber's self-driving car program at risk from lawsuits, possibly flawed software

There are plenty of metaphorical dumpster fires raging in America today, but few are as fascinating to watch as the one consuming Uber. The ride-sharing company and its proto-bro CEO, Travis Kalanick, have been in the news for months, and rarely have the headlines been flattering. (If you need to...Read More»

Uber’s Volvo XC90 autonomous car prototype
Uber parks self-driving car fleet after wreck

Ride-sharing giant Uber says it is parking its fleet of self-driving cars after an accident involving one of the experimental vehicles late last week in Tempe, Arizona. The wreck involved a Volvo XC90—part of a fleet of vehicles being tested by Uber—but the company says that although...Read More»

Uber’s Volvo XC90 autonomous car prototype
Uber's self-driving software fails about once per mile

Remember how Uber launched a fleet of self-driving vehicles in San Francisco last December, and the California Department of Motor Vehicles flipped out because the company hadn't applied for the proper $150 permit and shut down the program within a week? Turns out, the DMV was right to be...Read More»

Uber self-driving prototype in San Francisco
Good news, bad news for Uber and its self-driving cars

Uber's public relations team has been working overtime the past couple of months, thanks in large part to the antics of Uber's brash bro of a CEO, Travis Kalanick. In January, the man at the top of Uber's org chart did a lousy job of justifying his participation on Trump's business council...Read More»

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick
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»

Waymo self-driving prototype
Waymo sues Uber, claiming former employee stole top-secret technology

We live in confusing times. Presenters dole out movie awards to films that didn't win. The last Republican president has been criticizing the current one. And two self-driving car start-ups are embroiled in a court battle over allegations of corporate espionage. Oh, and to make that last item even...Read More»

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick
Uber, Lyft could cut NYC taxi fleet by 85 percent because they're more efficient

Love them or loathe them, there's no denying that companies like Uber and Lyft are attractive to many consumers. Unlike most taxi fleets, ride-sharing services are app-based, they provide detailed estimates of when a car will arrive, they facilitate carpooling to cut down on fares, and of course...Read More»

Uber self-driving prototype in San Francisco
Uber shifts self-driving cars from CA to AZ after governor tweets an invite

What a weird couple of weeks it's been for Uber. After months of not-so-secretly testing its fleet of self-driving vehicles in San Francisco, Uber announced that the public would be able to begin riding in the cars on December 14. That was apparently too much for the California Department of Motor...Read More»

Uber self-driving prototype in San Francisco
California lives up to its threat, forces Uber's self-driving cars off the road

For more than a week, tensions have run high in San Francisco due to a stand-off between the California Department of Motor Vehicles and ride-sharing giant, Uber. We're happy to report, however, that the confrontation over self-driving cars has finally come to an end: the DMV prevailed by forcing...Read More»

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