Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous, TCA

Uber Aims to Restart Self-Driving Car Tests in Pittsburgh This Summer

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Uber is shutting down testing operations in Arizona and focusing instead on testing in Pittsburgh and San Francisco, according to an internal e-mail from Eric Meyhofer, a Carnegie Mellon University graduate and the head of Uber’s self-driving car operations.

Aaron Aupperlee | The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
May 24, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Uber to Offer Food Delivery by Drone in San Diego

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Uber Technologies Inc. plans to deliver food by drone in San Diego as part of a wide-reaching commercial test program approved by the federal government May 9, CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said.

Eric Newcomer and Brad Stone | Bloomberg News
May 11, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Uber’s Self-Driving Software Reportedly Decided Not to React Before Fatal Collision

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Uber believes its self-driving software that chooses how to react when it detects objects in the roadway is the cause behind a fatal collision between one of its vehicles and a pedestrian.

Benjamin Raven | MLive.com (Walker, Mich.)
May 8, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Uber Hires Former NTSB Chairman Christopher Hart as Adviser in Midst of Crash Inquiry

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Uber Technologies Inc., whose self-driving car program is reeling from a fatal collision with a pedestrian, has hired former National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Christopher Hart to advise the company.

Eric Newcomer | Bloomberg News
May 7, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Anthony Levandowski to Defend Himself Against Google’s Breach-of-Contract Claims

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, left, and Anthony Levandowski, co-founder of Otto, pose for a photo in the lobby of Uber headquarters, Aug. 18, 2016, in San Francisco. (Tony Avelar/ AP Photo)

Uber Technologies Inc.’s settlement of Waymo’s trade-secrets lawsuit in February left a key piece unresolved: the role played by Anthony Levandowski, the engineer at the center of the alleged theft of critical self-driving technology.

Joel Rosenblatt | Bloomberg News
April 30, 2018
Business, Technology, Logistics

Mumbai Cargo Company Allcargo Logistics Wants to Build an Uber for Shipping


Allcargo Logistics Ltd. is emulating Uber Technologies Inc. to boost its business of sharing marine containers.

P R Sanjai | Bloomberg News
April 30, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Don Burnette Becomes Last Otto Co-Founder to Leave Uber Technologies

Don Burnette checks the software on a computer inside the cab of the self-driving, big-rig truck during a demonstration at the Otto headquarters Aug. 18, 2016. (Tony Avelar/AP)

With the recent departure of Don Burnette, all four co-founders of driverless-trucking company Otto have left Uber Technologies Inc., about 18 months after Uber’s purchase of the startup.

Mark Gurman and Eric Newcomer | Bloomberg News
April 19, 2018
Government, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Uber Crash Sparks Talk of Tighter Rules for Self-Driving Vehicles

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U.S. lawmakers have applied a light touch in regulating robot cars. At the national level, the Trump administration has proclaimed that driverless-car guidelines should be “entirely voluntary” for automakers, and bills pending in Congress would clear the way to putting tens of thousands of autonomous cars on the road — orders of magnitude more than the few hundred in the country today — before federal safety regulations are set.

Carolyn Said | San Francisco Chronicle
April 2, 2018
Technology, Opinion

Opinion: Uber Restricts Driver Hours; Should Others Follow Suit?

In an effort to combat drowsy driving, Uber announced on Feb. 12 new national rules that restrict drivers to 12-hour shifts with mandatory 6-hour breaks in between. Uber will enforce the rule through a new drive-time function in its driver app, which will first warn drivers and then temporarily cut off their access to the app, which is their only conduit to receive ride requests. The Uber announcement drove a lot of media coverage, almost all of it positive, but it also left open opportunities to do more to improve safety.

Pete Allen | Chief Client Officer, MiX Telematics
April 2, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Uber Isolated by Partners and Competitors in Aftermath of Crash

Uber headquarters entrance in San Francisco. (Getty Images)

Uber Technologies Inc. has found itself isolated a little more than a week after one of its self-driving SUVs hit and killed a pedestrian in Arizona.

Ryan Beene and Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
March 29, 2018