Business, Technology

Uber Tests Letting Some California Drivers Set Their Own Fares

Uber is testing letting some California drivers set their own fares. A traveler uses a smartphone while waiting for a ride share ride in Oakland in August 2019. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

The feature is being tested across some airport routes “to preserve flexible work” for California drivers, a spokesman said.

Lizette Chapman | Bloomberg News
January 22, 2020
Government, Business, Technology

Uber Tweaks App in California to Comply With State Law

Uber An Uber office in Secaucus, N.J., in November 2019. (Seth Wenig/Associated Press)

Uber Technologies Inc. overhauled its ride-hailing app for California users, tweaking fares and features to respond to a new state law designed to reclassify drivers as employees.

Lizette Chapman | Bloomberg News
January 8, 2020
Government, Business, Technology

Germany Restricts Uber Citing Anti-Competitive Practices

Uber app Martin Meissner/AP

Uber Technologies Inc. has lost another ruling in Germany, after a regional court in Frankfurt ruled Dec. 19 that the company may not process orders for car-hire companies through its app.

Sarah Syed | Bloomberg News
December 19, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

San Francisco Wants to Require Permits for Transportation Tech Testing

Scooter in trash in San Francisco A man walks past an electric scooter that was dumped into a trash can in San Francisco. (Janie Har/AP)

SAN FRANCISCO — Tired of San Francisco streets being used as a testing ground for the latest delivery technology and transportation apps, city leaders are now requiring businesses to get permits before trying out new high-tech ideas in public.

Janie Har | Associated Press
December 11, 2019
Business, Technology

Barclays: Uber, Lyft ‘Well Positioned’ to Turn a Profit

Uber app The Uber app is seen open on a cellphone in London on Nov. 25, 2019. (Kirsty Wigglesworth/Associated Press)

A new analysis by Barclays Capital of about 2.4 billion taxi and ride-hailing trips in New York City addresses the biggest question investors have about Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. When will they turn a profit?

Esha Dey | Bloomberg News
December 10, 2019
Government, Business, Technology

Uber Loses License in London Over Safety, Vows to Appeal

Uber app in London A rider opens an Uber app in front of a taxi line at Waterloo train station in London. (Chris J Ratcliffe/Bloomberg)

LONDON — London’s transit authority Nov. 25 refused to renew Uber’s operating license over concerns about impostor drivers, with the ride-booking company vowing to appeal the decision as it struggles to secure its future in the British capital.

Kelvin Chan | Associated Press
November 25, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

NTSB Calls Uber’s Fatal Crash a Lesson for All Automated Vehicle Testing

Self-driving Uber involved in fatal accident in Tempe, Ariz., in 2018 An investigator works at the scene of a fatal accident involving a self driving Uber car and a pedestrian walking a bicycle in Tempe, Ariz., in March of 2018. (ABC-15.com via AP)

A 2018 fatal pedestrian crash involving an Uber Technologies Inc. automated vehicle in Arizona indicates that the challenges of self-driving vehicle operations have not yet been solved, and underscores a lack of sufficient federal and state oversight of developmental automated vehicle testing, investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board said at a Nov. 19 hearing in Washington.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
November 19, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

NTSB Slams Uber Self-Driving Car Unit’s Safety Culture

Uber self-driving fleet A fleet of Uber's autonomous vehicles. (Bloomberg News)

Uber Technologies Inc.’s self-driving vehicle unit lacked an effective safety culture at the time when one of its test vehicles struck and killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Ariz., in 2018, National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt said Nov. 19.

Ryan Beene | Bloomberg News
November 19, 2019
Business, Technology

Juno, Once Billed as the ‘Anti-Uber,’ Shuts Down in New York

Juno app Juno app by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Ride-booking startup Juno once billed itself as the “anti-Uber”— a kinder, gentler way to get a ride. It’s now closing down its New York-based operations, and inviting customers to join Lyft Inc.

Candy Cheng | Bloomberg News
November 18, 2019
Government, Business

New Jersey Seeks $640M From Uber for Misclassifying Workers

Uber sign at the New York Stock Exchange The threat of classifying workers as employees is the single biggest worry among investors in companies such as Uber and Lyft. (Richard Drew/Associated Press)

TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey is seeking more than $640 million from Uber in taxes and penalties, saying the ride-booking company misclassified its drivers as independent contractors.

November 14, 2019