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  • Uber to require a 6-hour break for every 12 hours of driving in the U.S.

    Uber to require a 6-hour break for every 12 hours of driving in the U.S.

    Uber has added a feature that will force a six-hour offline break whenever a driver on its platform reaches 12 hours of driving time. The feature is similar to one that Uber has in place in a few markets already around the U.S., which differs depending on local regulations, but this will apply across the U.S., and fully block use of the driver app for accepting trips during the six-hour… Read More

  • Uber’s new CEO could probably win at 10 dimensional chess

    Uber’s new CEO could probably win at 10 dimensional chess

    The courtroom has been cleared and the initial takes are in on the Uber vs. Waymo trial. Uber will give Alphabet some $244 million worth of stock and agree to ensure that no Waymo intellectual property makes its way into Uber autonomous vehicles. This is hardly a Waymo victory. Indeed, the only person who comes out of this looking like a winner is Uber’s new chief executive, Dara… Read More

  • Uber settles lawsuit with Waymo

    Uber settles lawsuit with Waymo

    Uber has agreed to settle the lawsuit brought against it by Waymo for theft of some of the company’s trade secrets. As part of the settlement, Uber has agreed to work with Waymo to ensure that the company’s LIDAR and software represents just the work of Uber engineers. The agreement also comes with a financial settlement of roughly $244 million in stock. Read More

  • Waymo gets to the heart of its case

    Waymo gets to the heart of its case

    Attorneys for Waymo, Alphabet’s autonomous vehicle spinout, are nearing the end of their plaintiffs presentation against Uber in a trial that is likely to have broad ramifications for the common Valley practice of acqui-hiring talent. The case hinges on whether the jury believes Uber’s assertion that the technology used in its autonomous car project was developed and acquired… Read More

  • In an alternate universe Lyft may have bought Otto

    In an alternate universe Lyft may have bought Otto

    The Uber vs. Waymo trial took a turn for the the weird today when testimony revealed that Otto, the company whose acquisition is at the center of this lawsuit, was entertaining bids from other suitors. For a bit of background, Otto is the self-driving truck company that Anthony Levandowski co-founded with Lior Ron. Both men previously worked at Google/Alphabet/Waymo — Levandowski on… Read More

  • Lyft expands tax-saving commuter benefits to all Lyft Line cities

    Lyft expands tax-saving commuter benefits to all Lyft Line cities

    Lyft is hoping to make its Lyft Line commuter route service even more appealing by expanding commuter benefits, which allows riders to use pre-tax dollars via a benefits card from a number of providers to pay for their ride. This can result in savings of up to 35 percent vs. paying for the service the usual way. Lyft Line currently operates in 18 cities across the U.S., and Lyft says that in… Read More

  • Uber CEO hopes to have self-driving cars in service in 18 months

    Uber CEO hopes to have self-driving cars in service in 18 months

    Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi was speaking to Bloomberg Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait today at the new outlet’s event #TheYearAhead event, and he shared some more information about Uber’s plans around autonomy, and autonomous ride-hailing service rollout. “True autonomy for every single use case, is some ways away,” Khosrowshahi began, acknowledging that the problem is… Read More

  • Uber’s big SoftBank deal has officially closed

    Uber’s big SoftBank deal has officially closed

    SoftBank’s $1.2 billion primary direct investment deal has officially closed, according to Uber itself, which confirmed the deal closure and provided the following statement to TechCrunch via a spokesperson: We’re proud to have SoftBank, Dragoneer and the entire consortium in the Uber family. This is a great outcome for our shareholders, employees and customers, strengthening… Read More

  • Toyota teams up with Uber, Amazon, Pizza Hut and more on mobility services

    Toyota teams up with Uber, Amazon, Pizza Hut and more on mobility services

    Toyota has partnered with a number of companies to form the “e-Palette Alliance,” which is a group intended to help guide its transformation as a mobility services company, and determine how it makes use of its new e-Palette vehicle platform, which is a modular, driverless vehicle intended to suit a number of purposes at once. The alliance at launch includes Uber, Didi, Mazda… Read More

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