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Uber, a pioneer in ridesharing, just can't seem to avoid controversy. The latest one involves alleged collusion to drive up prices in certain cities with large populations. If true, it would be another black eye for Uber, which once admitted to (and promised to stop) using special software to evade law enforcement and has been at the center of a sexual harassment scandal. In this instance, researchers at the University of Warwick claim that to have evidence that Uber drivers in London and New York have been manipulating the ridesharing service's mobile app to make it look like there is a shortage... Read more...
Following months of turmoil, Travis Kalanick has decided to resign as the chief executive officer of Uber, the popular ride-hailing startup he co-founded in 2009 en route to disrupting public transportation as it existed before then. His resignation follows an announcement last week that he would be taking an indefinite leave of absence after his mother perished in a boating accident. The planned hiatus was not enough to appease Uber's investors. Five of Uber's biggest shareholders, including venture capital firm Benchmark, the largest stakeholder of them all, wrote a letter to Kalanick demanding... Read more...
The lead lawyer for Uber has threatened to fire Anthony Levandowski, one of the company's top self-driving car engineers, if he refuses to cooperate with an ongoing investigation into accusations that he stole trade secrets from Waymo, the autonomous vehicle division of Google's parent company Alphabet. Levandowski previously worked for Waymo before joining Uber. His path to Uber came by way of an acquisition. After departing Waymo, Levandowski co-founded Otto in January 2016. Just seven months later, his company was acquired by Uber for around $680 million. Since then, Alphabet has filed a lawsuit... Read more...
Waymo and Lyft are joining forces to help bring self-driving vehicles to the masses. The collaboration comes on the heels of a ruling in the case of Anthony Levandowski, a former Google employee, founder of Otto and current Uber employee. Waymo and Lyft were not forthcoming about the details of the new relationship and did not reveal what products they will be working on, or when their new projects will be available to the public. Both Waymo and Lyft have worked in the past to collaborate with corporations in the automobile industry. Waymo has been in formal talks with Honda and Fiat... Read more...
Anthony Levandowski, the former boss of Google's self-driving car program, invoked his Fifth Amendment right in a lawsuit alleging he stole thousands of files and IP from the firm's spin-off business Waymo, which focuses on self-driving car technology. Levandowski is currently the VP of engineering at Uber where he heads the company's autonomous vehicle program. Waymo claims Levandowski took 14,000 of Google's files before he went on to found his own autonomous company called Otto. His company was later acquired by Uber, the popular ride-sharing service, for a cool $680 million. The acquisition... Read more...
An Uber self-driving vehicle was just recently involved in a collision in Tempe, Arizona. At the moment there are no reported injuries and Uber has not confirmed whether anyone was in the vehicle during the collision. An Uber spokesperson has confirmed the accident, but did not provide any additional information.  Fresco News user Mark Beach posted the photograph and video of the wrecked vehicle on Twitter just a few short hours ago. The Uber self-driving Volvo XC90 is pictured on its side while the other vehicles are upright with multiple dents. If the car was in self-driving mode, this would... Read more...
Uber and its leadership does not exactly have the greatest reputation. Uber is being sued by Google for allegedly stealing its Waymo self-driving car technology, the company has been accused of attempting to evade law enforcement, and there have been a number of complaints regarding sexual harassment. Controversial CEO Travis Kalanick will not be stepping down from his position, however, the company has vowed to fix its culture and reputation.CEO Travis Kalanick has been under the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. A recently released video showed Kalanick yelling at an Uber driver who had complained... Read more...
Uber, the popular ride sharing service that allows app users to hail rides from regular people (as opposed to professional taxi drivers), is in search of a new president. Its former president, Jeff Jones, has decided to part ways with the company after less than a year as the number two executive behind chief operating officer Travis Kalanick. Apparently the controversies at Uber were just too much for Jones. Kalanick hired Jones last fall, plucking him from Target where he served as CMO. Jones' primary task was to rebuild Uber's image, which has taken several hits in the media for a number of... Read more...
Uber has issued a statement defending the use of its proprietary Greyball software, while at the same time going on record prohibiting employees from using the application to evade regulators. Joe Sullivan, the company's chief security officer, said it will take some time to ensure the prohibition is fully enforced. Some have taken that as an admission that Uber's been using the controversial tool to avoid being busted for breaking local laws. A recent report in The New York Times brought attention to Greyball, which is a play on the word blackball. Citing four former and current Uber employees,... Read more...
Is the Uber you just hailed trying to evade the police? It appears that Uber was using a tool called Greyball to elude law enforcement investigations and irate intrenched competition like traditional taxi companies. Greyball utilizes data collected from Uber’s app in order to root out and circumvent law enforcement officials. The tool is part of the program “Violations of Terms of Service” or VTOS that was originally created by Uber to get rid of people it believed were using the service incorrectly. Greyball is predominantly used outside of the United States, but was approved for use by Uber’s... Read more...
In the words of Britney Spears, Uber is “not that innocent”. It was recently disclosed that Uber’s self-driving car was at fault for running a red light in December. Last year one of Uber’s self-driving Volvo’s ran a red light near San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art. The company claimed that the incident was due to human error and they suspended the employee who had been riding in the vehicle at the time. Uber’s own internal documents and information from two anonymous Uber employees have revealed that the self-driving vehicle was actually in the wrong. Uber’s mapping program failed to recognize... Read more...
Uber has been landing itself in a lot of hot water lately, and with a new lawsuit filed yesterday, it's looking as though that water is going to keep on boiling. In a San Francisco federal court, Google alleges that Uber outright stole intellectual property from its spin-off business Waymo, which focuses entirely on self-driving vehicle technology. Waymo claims that Anthony Levandowski, the man in charge of Uber's autonomous division, took 14,000 of Google's files before he went on to found his own autonomous company, called Otto. Last summer, Uber acquired Otto for an impressive $680 million.... Read more...
If you've been drinking, it's not outside the realm of possibility to believe that you might gain a hankering for some Tostitos. Apparently, the company understands this demographic well, as it decided to integrate a breathalyzer into a special edition bag of chips that aims to tell those who might think about driving home after watching the Super Bowl to shelve the idea. The only downside is that this special edition bag was only sent out to media and other VIPs, and is not intended for a commercial release. With a sensor placed in the bag, alcohol detected on your breath will light up a steering... Read more...
It often seems as though Google has its hands in an endless stream of projects, many times not being able to keep a focus on what’s truly important to its core. Google’s wandering eye is what led the company to spin off its self-driving car project into a separate company, Waymo, and now the company appears to be poised to use its newfound focus to take on the likes of Uber and Lyft. A new patent filing that has been uncovered describes the company’s efforts to deftly (and autonomously) navigate certain pickup and drop-off scenarios that could be handled with aplomb by human drivers, but could... Read more...
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