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

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Flying car-maker Terrafugia bought by Geely

Chinese automaker Geely has been given the all-clear to purchase would-be flying-car manufacturer Terrafugia, ending months of scrutiny after the acquisition was first reported last summer. While most carmakers—including Geely-owned Volvo—are developing self-driving car technologies in...Read More»

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Lyft opens Big Apple office in bid for larger slice of ride-share pie

New York is already one of the most hotly-contested rideshare markets, with Uber surging ahead of the city’s famed Yellow Cabs and Lyft registering gains on both, in terms of rides hailed. Now, Lyft is folding the battle for the Big Apple into its overarching strategy, amplifying its East...Read More»

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Industry vet Bob Lutz: Driving will be over in 20 years

The fate of the automobile is already sealed, as is your legal right to drive one — both of which will be confined to history books and country clubs in two decades time. The culprit of such a transformative shift in society: self-driving cars. That’s the official prognostication of...Read More»

Toyota Camry Hybrid NYC Taxi [Photo: Flickr user gomattolson]
Uber eclipses the ubiquitous yellow taxi in New York

According to Morgan Stanley, Uber has parted New York’s yellow sea, surpassing the city’s famed taxi fleets for the number of dispatched trips in the month of July. While Uber had been gaining for a while, the real surprise could just Uber’s main competition in the ridesharing...Read More»

Uber launches self-driving pilot in San Francisco with Volvo Cars
Uber CEO apologizes for “mistakes we’ve made”

In the wake of London’s bombshell decision last week to deny Uber’s licence renewal, the embattled company’s new CEO has struck a conciliatory tone. In an open letter, Dara Khosrowshahi acknowledged that Uber “got things wrong along the way,” and offered an apology...Read More»

London anti-Uber taxi protest: June 11, 2014 (photo by Flickr user David Holt)
London denies Uber’s license due to “public safety and security implications”

If you're in London, the next Uber you hail may be the last to whisk you past the Tower, the Bridge, and Westminster Abbey. London's transportation department has refused to renew Uber’s private hire operator license, which expires at the end of September, meaning the ride-sharing giant could...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»

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Uber may enlist the former head of GE to combat its “brain drain”

Uber, which for months has been operating without a CEO following Travis Kalanick’s unceremonious exit, is considering former GE CEO Jeff Immelt, with a deal possibly in place as early as Labor Day, according to multiple reports. The potential move comes after a period of turbulence for the...Read More»

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV added to Maven car- and ride-sharing fleet in Los Angeles, California
Awkward: GM may get into the ridesharing game, despite partnerships with Lyft & Uber

In January 2016, General Motors announced a major partnership with Lyft--like, $500 million major. Before the year was through, GM had revealed that it was developing a fleet of self-driving taxis with Lyft; that it would rent cars to wannabe Lyft drivers on the cheap; and, weirdly, that it would...Read More»

Ford Transit Connect Hybrid taxi prototype
Safety doesn't take a back seat; buckle up in your next cab, Uber, or Lyft

Just because you're riding in the back seat doesn't mean you're any safer in a crash, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. A report released this week revealed that four out of five adults who admitted that they didn't buckle up in the back said they didn't buckle up in cabs or...Read More»

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Waymo drops 3 out of 4 patent claims against Uber

If you read that headline and thought that Uber might be off the hook for making use of information stolen from Waymo/Google, think again. It's true that the autonomous car start-up has dropped 75 percent of its patent claims in the increasingly messy court battle. The suit has centered on...Read More»

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Is this the 'smoking gun'? Uber promised former Waymo engineer legal aid

It's hard to believe, but Uber's no good, very bad week, just got less good and even worse. Following the resignation of the company's embattled CEO, Travis Kalanick, a document has emerged that suggests Uber knew about a massive theft of trade secrets from Waymo, which was carried out by one of...Read More»

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick resigns after months of damaging headlines

Back in April, former Fox News employee Bill O'Reilly took a long vacation from which he never returned. Now, Uber's uber-bro CEO, Travis Kalanick, is following the same play. Not that he's going willingly, mind you. According to reports, Kalanick was forced out by investors who've become unhappy...Read More»

Gavel. Image: Brian Turner
Ohio judge orders drunk drivers to install Lyft, Uber on their smartphones

You might've heard of Judge Michael A. Cicconetti. Based in Painesville, Ohio, he's become widely known for meting out punishments that are often thoughtfully matched to the wrongs of the convicted. For example: He ordered a woman who abandoned 35 kittens in the woods to spend a night in the woods...Read More»

Uber driver (photo by Uber)
Auto industry nightmare: consumers are giving up cars for good

Unprecedented changes are taking place in today's auto industry. Companies old (e.g. Ford, Toyota) and new (e.g. Tesla, Waymo) are working overtime to make cars that run on battery power, drive themselves, and function as taxis. They're doing all that to prepare for a future 10 or 20 years down the...Read More»

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Uber fires former Waymo engineer, but can it stay in the self-driving car race?

It's been nearly three weeks since the messy legal battle between ride-sharing giant Uber and self-driving car company Waymo made headlines, but rest assured, all is not quiet on the West Coast front. Yesterday, Uber finally fired the engineer at the center of the contentious court case, Anthony...Read More»

From the INRIX Connected & Autonomous Vehicle Consumer Survey
Study: People don't trust self-driving cars from Uber or Lyft

Last September, we reported on a study showing that consumers would be interested in vehicles made by tech firms like Apple and Google. The gist was that decades-old car companies like Ford, General Motors, and Toyota could soon face stiff competition from auto industry newbies. Now, there's...Read More»

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