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Self-driving cars might be the future of transportation, but for Uber, the time to pounce is now. Uber's ultimate goal is to replace the ride service's more than 1 million flesh and blood drivers with autonomous vehicles, and it wants to do it as soon as possible. While it seems premature to think about such a thing, Uber's going to let customers in downtown Pittsburgh virtually thumb rides from self-driving cars using their smartphones. Some riders who request rides will be picked up in specially modified Volvo XC90 sport-utility vehicles. The autonomous vehicles will sport an array of sensors... Read more...
In the grand scheme of the tech world, it's safe to say that Google is "everywhere". This is especially true with Google Maps, thanks to its easy-to-implement API. Businesses the world over have come to rely on it to show potential customers exactly where they're located. Sometimes, it almost feels like Google Maps has a monopoly; when have you ever visited a website that had a Bing maps widget? While many companies rely on Google Maps in one way or another, it doesn't mean that all of them are content to stay if a better option arises. In Uber's case, it now has fat enough pockets to not just... Read more...
Uber customers may be comfortable with the idea of being shuttled around by a human driver, but what if in the future those human drivers were replaced with computers? Fully autonomous/self-driving production vehicles are definitely going to be hitting our roads within the next decade, so it makes sense that Uber would be looking to embrace the technology. Uber’s autonomous vehicles are currently being developed at the company’s Advanced Technologies Center (ATC) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. That’s where you’ll find the company’s modified Ford Fusion Hybrid roaming the streets. In its current prototype... Read more...
Whether it's showing up to the blacktop to trash talk the regulars in a game of hoops or meeting downtown with investors on a new venture, you'll make a bigger statement by stepping out of a Bimmer (it's's not a Beemer, folks) than showing up all sweaty from pedaling your Schwinn. Sure, life may have had other plans, putting a BMW out of your price range for the time being, but once the automaker launches its ReachNow car-sharing program, it won't matter. This isn't BMW's first foray into the car-sharing sector. BMW offers a similar service in Europe called DriveNow, and that's what ReachNow will... Read more...
Part of the reason why Uber is so popular is because of its feedback system. Drivers rate passengers and passengers rate drivers, a sort of check-and-balance system between two parties. But what if negative feedback isn't warranted? As a means of investigating complaints, Uber has launched a pilot program that uses smartphone technologies to see how a driver performs. "Gyrometers in phones can measure small movements, while GPS and accelerometers show how often a vehicle starts and stops, as well as its overall speed. If a rider complains that a driver accelerated too fast and broke too hard, we... Read more...
Last month, we reported on something rather concerning: vehicles with Internet connectivity can be broken into, and in same cases, controlled. It didn't take long before we found out that the story wasn't fake - a testament to the fact that vehicle makers are not taking security seriously enough. Would the hackers, Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, be targeted in a lawsuit for bringing such vulnerabilities to light? Nope - it's instead landed them a job. Companies sure are getting creative with how they hire, aren't they? The company to snatch these blokes up first is Uber, a company that is really... Read more...
Electronic Arts is getting ready to release it's newest Madden game, Madden NFL 2016, to various game consoles tomorrow (August 25, 2016), though if you're anxious to hit the gridiron, you can score a copy for free for the Xbox One today, a day early. All you have to do is enter a promo code in Uber and cross your fingers. You're not guaranteed to get a free copy, and considering that demand will be "VERY HIGH" with limited availability, it amounts to a Hail Mary pass. Nevertheless, free copies are out there for the taking, and I've already seen one of my Facebook contacts boast about scoring one... Read more...
If there's one thing Uber can't seem to drive far enough away from, it's controversy. In the past six months alone, we've seen it suffer a database breach, cause major strikes, get hit with a class action, quadruple fares during a crisis, and backtrack on invasive measures. Continuing this perpetual controversial ride is a lawsuit filed Friday against Uber itself, its CEO Travis Kalanick, and some early investors. The man behind the suit is Kevin Halpern, founder of Celluride Wireless, an Uber-like company that was established six years before Uber's launching. This case isn't a mere matter of... Read more...
Apparently Uber has big plans that extend beyond simply being an alternative taxi service for smartphone users. The startup wants to grow into something more: enter the logistics game and deliver both people and goods in short time frames. In order to do that, the company is willing spend several billion dollars acquiring Nokia's mapping service. According to a report in The New York Times, Uber is one of several companies caught up in a bidding war for Here, the primary competitor to Google Maps. Citing multiple people speaking on the condition of anonymity, NYT says Uber's offered as much as... Read more...
Uber announced that it suffered a database breach at the hands of hackers last year. The company admitted that about 50,000 drivers may have been affected by the breach and announced that a lawsuit has already been filed by Uber against the as-yet unidentified hackers. “A small percentage of current and former Uber driver partner names and driver’s license numbers were contained in the database,” Uber’s managing counsel of data privacy, Katherine Tassi said in a statement. “Immediately upon discovery we changed the access protocols for the database, removing the possibility of unauthorized access.... Read more...
Add South Carolina to the list of states and cities grappling with the pluses and minuses of allowing ride-sharing services like Lyft and Uber. The state’s Public Service Commission released a cease and desist order yesterday afternoon to put a temporary end to ridesharing services from Uber subsidiary Raiser.  The state is contemplating an application from Rasier for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity, which would give Uber approval to operate in the state. Trouble sprang up when the Public Service Commission determined that the ride sharing service might... Read more...
Despite the negative press over class action lawsuits and questionable tactics, Uber wants cities to know that it can be of benefit, not just to people in need of a ride from point A to point B, but also in shaping more efficient transportation. Uber's pitch is that its level of data collection is unmatched and can be of great benefit to municipal partners. "To date, most cities have not had access to granular data describing the flows and trends of private traffic. The data provided by Uber will help policymakers and city planners develop a more detailed understanding... Read more...
It appears that Uber is giving up its expansion efforts into Spain, at least for now. The app-based transportation company announced that it would be temporarily halting its efforts in Spain in response to a court injunction against Uber from the Association Madrileña Del Taxi. “Today we have received the formal ruling and, in compliance with the December 9th order from the commercial judge and in respect of the law, we are temporarily suspending uberPOP in Spain while we appeal the court ruling and look to develop new options to give Spaniards access to safe, reliable rides,” a statement... Read more...
For consumers, a service like Uber offers a number of benefits, with a big one being convenience. But, with that convenience brings a large number of caveats, some of which we've seen exhibited over the past couple of months. Take, for example, an executive that encourages digging up dirt on journalists that are critical of the company, or the fact that the company will invoke surge pricing during emergencies. And we can’t forget that ridiculous "safe rides fee". For these and other reasons, many have issues with Uber -- especially some countries overseas that have... Read more...
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