New Uber feature lets you call rides for friends

November 22, 2017

Image: brittany herbert/mashable You can now add Uber to your list of holiday gift ideas. The ride-hailing service just rolled out a set of updates that include the ability to request trips for friends and family members without Uber accounts, as well as new in-app gifting features, and a new “live location” sharing feature. SEE ALSO: Uber just released the ultimate millennial credit card The update rolls out today and…


Uber loses its license to operate in London

September 23, 2017

In a huge blow to Uber in the UK London’s transport regulator has rejected its application to renew its license to operate in the city. In a statement today TfL said it has concluded that Uber is “not fit and proper to hold a private hire operator licence”. “TfL’s regulation of London’s taxi and private hire trades is designed to ensure passenger safety.  Private hire operators must meet rigorous regulations,…


Breaking: Uber has offered CEO role to Dara Khosrowshahi from Expedia

September 10, 2017

An Uber spokesperson tells us its board has reached a decision to offer someone the CEO role. “The Board has voted and will announce the decision to employees first.” We’ve confirmed from a source familiar with the situation that this person is Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO of Expedia. Kara Swisher of Recode was first with the news. Both Meg Whitman and Jeff Immelt had been considered for the top job, but…


Uber failing to report sex attacks by drivers, says Met police

August 14, 2017

Senior officer says firm putting concerns for its reputation over public safety by not notifying police of some serious crimes Uber has been accused by police of allowing a driver who sexually assaulted a passenger to strike again by not reporting the attack, along with other serious crimes. In a strongly worded letter, Insp Neil Billany of the Metropolitan polices taxi and private hire team suggested the company was putting…


Uber discloses details of Travis Kalanicks deposition in Waymo lawsuit

August 8, 2017

Uber unsealed former CEO Travis Kalanicks deposition in the Uber versus Waymo self-driving car technology case over the weekend. Kalanick, who was deposed for more than six hours last month, spoke about when he learned that Anthony Levandowski, who formerly worked at Google, downloaded documents related self-driving technology. The deposition yet again confirms that Uber was focused on building its technology from the ground up. Uber never wanted any Google…


Theres a manifesto criticizing Googles diversity efforts circulating inside the company

August 6, 2017

A screed from a Googler against the companys diversity policies appears to be circulating internally at the company, according to Gizmodo, which has published the memo. Motherboard first reported on the existence of the document making the rounds, which Googlers condemned on Twitter. In it, the author of the manifesto appears to try to argue that the gender gap in technology is not a product of discrimination but rather inherent…


‘No more brilliant jerks’ Arianna Huffington ushers in the new Uber

August 1, 2017

While Huffington doesnt want to be Ubers next CEO, shes been putting in the hard yards trying to turn the companys tarnished reputation around The next Uber CEO will be charged with sweeping up multitudes of corporate sins. In their in-tray will be a daunting array of problems and issues to resolve in the wake of Travis Kalanicks high-profile departure last month. These include rehabilitating the company internally and externally…


Judge rules Anthony Levandowski can be called to testify in Uber/Waymo trial

July 27, 2017

In the latest discovering to define the scope of the upcoming trouble between self-driving engineering challengers Waymo and Uber, District Judge William Alsup announced Anthony Levandowski, the hotshot technologist at the centre of the occasion, could be called to testify in tribunal. But he also ruled that Uber and Waymo would be limited in the issues to they would be able to ask him, just knowing that he is very…


Lyft is finally developing its own self-driving cars at home in Silicon Valley

July 23, 2017

Lyft's self-driving vision.Image: lyft Uber had the lead on ride-hailing and self-driving cars for a while, but it’s encountered some roadblocks. Now Lyft is jumping in, with the announcement that the U.S. ride-hailing company will develop its own self-driving technology at a facility in Silicon Valley. “We believe Lyft is in the best position to demonstrate what a great overall user experience can be. Lyft is also uniquely positioned to…


Lyft launches a new self-driving division and will develop its own autonomous ride-hailing technology

July 22, 2017

Lyft is betting the future of the road midsts on sharing autonomous vehicles. It aims to be at the vanguard of information and communication technologies with a new self-driving discord and a self-driving organization “manufacturers ” could plug into their self-driving cars. The company expects to hire hundreds of people for the new division by the end of next year and has just indicated a lease for 50,000 -square-feet on…