This Week in the Future of Cars: TFW the Future Isnt Here Yet

January 22, 2018

It’s January, but already 2018’s car industry is looking a little Harvey Dent-ish. At Las Vegas’ Consumer Electronic Show, automakers, suppliers, and the developers who love them showed off futuristic visions: electric, connected, autonomous, luxury vehicles that scream, in neon, NEW! But a few days later, those same players were hiding from the cold at Detroit’s North American International Auto Show, reminding us about what’s actually selling here, today, in…

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This thoughtful gift from grandma can’t really be used in an Uber, or can it?

January 16, 2018

Keep track of those 'Uber appointments.'Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock Remember a time before Uber? Your grandma does, and she’s more pure than this world will ever be again. Especially reddit user ck2400’s grandma, who presented her grandchild with a 2018 weekly pocket planner because she “thought this would be good for your Uber appt’s.” SEE ALSO: This hidden gem of a game will make you want to hug your grandpa Not quite…

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This Week in the Future of Cars: Everything Happens At Once

January 16, 2018

Once upon a time, the Consumer Electronics Show was about personal devices: thought phones, veering videos, college-educated refrigerators. But in recent years vehicles have become the stars, and the auto manufacture has made its sit in Vegas. This week at CES, Ford CEO Jim Hackett held a theme talk about the future of urban mobility. Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda made a selfie with gathering members after reeling out the carmaker’s…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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‘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…

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