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New York City to vote this week on historic cap for Uber, Lyft ride-sharing vehicles
New York City to vote this week on historic cap for Uber, Lyft ride-sharing vehicles

New York City officials will vote this week on whether or not to cap the number of ride-sharing vehicles from apps like Uber and Lyft at the current level and bar any new vehicles from operating, save those that are handicap accessible. MORE: Uber rethinks autonomous efforts in Pittsburgh in wake...Read More»

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BMW goes after Uber, expands ReachNew car-share app to include ride-sharing

BMW said Tuesday that its ReachNow car-sharing app will add the ability to book an Uber or Lyft-like ride-share, making it the first to merge the two services. The app allows members to reserve a car, snag a ride, or schedule a pick-up for later. MORE: Trump trade tirade threatens BMW...Read More»

Mercedes-Benz EQA concept, 2017 Frankfurt auto show
Daimler, Bosch take self-driving taxi project to Silicon Valley competitors

Daimler, the parent company of the Mercedes-Benz and smart brands, and major parts supplier Bosch announced Tuesday that it will deploy a self-driving taxi test program in Silicon Valley next year, taking the fight right to the heart of the ride-sharing world. MORE: Volkswagen, suppliers team up to...Read More»

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Uber pushing for more electric car rides with driver bonuses, partnerships

Uber said it hears the future coming, and it's relatively quiet. This week the company announced a yearlong program to provide up to 5 million electric-vehicle (EV) rides through its ride-sharing app in a small number of North American cities. The so-called "EV Champions Initiative" will roll out...Read More»

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Toyota invests $1B in Uber's Asian ride-share rival

Toyota on Tuesday pumped $1 billion into Grab, the Singapore-based ride-sharing firm that bought out one-time rival Uber in Southeast Asia. The investment makes Toyota the largest global automaker involved in ride-sharing. By comparison, GM has invested about $500 million in Lyft in the U.S. MORE...Read More»

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Uber’s app now reminds riders to buckle up

Under the direction of its new CEO, Uber is on a mission to clean up its reputation. The latest step? The cellphone app that summons its ride-share service now reminds both drivers and passengers to buckle up for safety. Uber drivers will receive a notice asking them to ensure that passengers are...Read More»

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Ride-sharing may be driving people away from car ownership

Ride-share company Lyft has released an “economic impact” report for 2017, and it makes some bold claims. Most notably, Lyft says that nearly 250,000 of its customers gave up owning a car because of ride-share availability. Must of the report focuses on growth, with 2017 numbers rising...Read More»

Prototype from Uber’s fully autonomous ride-sharing fleet
Uber to sell its leasing business

Uber is ready to sell off its two-year-old Xchange leasing program, according to multiple reports. Earlier in 2017, Uber announced it was planning on ending the program due to heavy losses. While the company had previously estimated losses averaging nearly $500 per car, new revelations place that...Read More»

Didi Chuxing's Mountain View, CA Laboratory
Uber’s Chinese rival just raised $4 billion

As turbulent as 2017 was for Uber, 2018 looks set to start off even worse for the maligned company, as China’s Didi Chuxing says it raised over $4 billion from SoftBank Group in yet another round of funding. The large injection of cash makes Didi the world’s second-largest startup, with...Read More»

Concept drawing for Uber Elevate flying taxi service
Uber looks beyond cars in Middle East

The idea of using an app to hail a bus might not be as sexy as summoning a flying taxi in Dubai or Dallas, but for Uber, it might be a path to profitability. As a means of beating traffic in ways no car possibly could, the company has begun utilizing alternate modes of transportation in Cairo. If...Read More»

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Uber's Chinese rival coming to North America

Didi Chuxing, the rideshare giant that drove Uber out of China, is turning its attention to Mexico in a bid to gain a foothold on North American soil. The move marks Didi’s first attempt at international expansion. The company has already met with Mexican trade and investment officials, and...Read More»

General Motors' Dan Ammann (center) with Lyft's John Zimmer (right) and Logan Green (left)
Uber investor pumps $500 million into Lyft

First, it was Uber’s misfortunes helping to accelerate arch-rival Lyft’s growth. Now it’s Uber’s fortunes. Mutual fund Fidelity will take part in Lyft’s newest round of financing, in which the company is expected to raise $1.5 billion overall. All total, the latest...Read More»

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Uber's wild ride gives Lyft a lift

To put it mildly, Uber has had a tumultuous year. The company’s highs, which include knocking off the ubiquitous yellow taxi as the most used ride service in New York, have been tempered by scandal after scandal, ultimately leading its CEO, Travis Kalanick, to resign over the summer. Now...Read More»

Uber self-driving prototype in San Francisco
Uber agrees to buy 24,000 Volvo SUVs in its march toward self-driving vehicles

Uber will purchase up to 24,000 Volvo XC90 SUVs between 2019 and 2021, the ride-sharing company announced Monday. According to Volvo, the vehicles are an “autonomous driving-compatible base.” As the name suggests, they constitute the next step for Uber as the rideshare company looks for...Read More»

Lyft "Stranger Things" mode
Lyft's "Stranger Things" mode delivers a spooky ride-sharing experience

Netflix's hit series "Stranger Things" returns this week and ride-sharing service Lyft partnered with the studio to roll out a seriously... strange ride-sharing service. For two nights—October 27 and 28, between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m.—Lyft will feature a "Strange Mode" for users in Los...Read More»

Lyft car with trademark pink mustache (via Wikimedia)
Lyft to begin testing self-driving cars in San Francisco

Ride-sharing service Lyft says it plans to test self-driving vehicles on the streets of San Francisco, offering free rides to customers in exchange for their participation in the test. The company has long shared rival Uber’s ambitions of self-driving rideshare vehicles, and the latest plan...Read More»

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Uber to ban diesels, require electrified vehicles in London by 2025

Uber is taking its own initiative in the global push toward electrified vehicles. Fresh off the heels of Jaguar Land Rover’s proclamation that each new car it introduces will be electrified—either hybrid or purely electric—by 2020, the rideshare giant announced that every one of...Read More»

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Uber to debut lounges in shopping centers across US

Ride-sharing app Uber is set to partner with one of the country’s largest retail shopping center operators to offer new services to patrons. As part of the new alliance, Los Angeles’ Century City will receive a sleek new “Uber Lounge,” while Westfield’s other 33...Read More»

Lyft car with trademark pink mustache (via Wikimedia)
Lyft expands operations to remote locales

Formerly limited to metro areas, ride-sharing is now coming to the countryside. Uber challenger Lyft has opened up its operations to an additional 32 states, meaning its services will now be available in 40 states. While those eight states included 79 percent of the country’s total...Read More»

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