Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

VW Mobility Chief Ole Harms Says Self-Driving Cars Core to Plan


Volkswagen AG’s fledgling Moia mobility unit is betting on the rise of self-driving cars to deliver on its plan to catch up with ride-hailing leaders such as Uber Technologies Inc. without burning through piles of cash.

Christoph Rauwald | Bloomberg News
June 26, 2018
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous, TCA

Uberizing the Truck Industry in United Arab Emirates

Trucks in Dubai Construction site with construction machinery, excavator and trucks in Dubai. (Getty Images)

The idea of TruKKer was born at a dinner table when Gaurav Biswas realized how hard it was to find a suitable truck at the right time at a reasonable cost. He was quick to spot a lucrative gap in the market, and the region’s first and fastest growing truck aggregator was born.

Sandhya D’Mello | Khaleej Times (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
June 25, 2018
Business, Technology, Logistics

Investors Bet on the Uber of Brazilian Trucking

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Brazilian truckers still get much of their business off of handwritten placards. The antiquated and inefficient system was ripe, low-hanging fruit to Federico Vega.

June 19, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Fatal Uber Crash Sheds Light on Use of Thermal Imaging

This March 19, 2018 still image taken from video provided by ABC-15, shows investigators at the scene of a fatal accident involving a self-driving Uber car on the street in Tempe, Ariz. (ABC-15.com via AP)

Since the Uber accident in March, autonomous car researchers’ eyes have been opening to the need to teach robots how to drive in the dark and avoid people who wander into the road.

Keith Naughton | Bloomberg News
May 29, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Uber Self-Driving Car in Fatal Crash Wasn’t Programmed to Brake

This March 19, 2018 still image taken from video provided by ABC-15, shows investigators at the scene of a fatal accident involving a self-driving Uber car on the street in Tempe, Ariz. (ABC-15.com via AP)

Uber Technologies Inc.’s self-driving vehicle wasn’t programmed to stop for obstructions in its path, including the pedestrian it struck and killed last March in Arizona, according to federal investigators.

Ryan Beene and Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
May 24, 2018
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.

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