Business, Technology, Autonomous

Uber Threatens to Fire Anthony Levandowski

Anthony Levandowski by John Sommers II for Transport Topics

Uber Technologies Inc. threatened to fire the man at the center of its legal battle with Alphabet Inc., telling its top driverless technology engineer, Anthony Levandowski, to either deny taking files from his former employer or turn them over.

Joel Rosenblatt | Bloomberg News
May 19, 2017
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Uber Launches App-Based Freight Platform

Aether Films

After surging to prominence with its ride-hailing app for car passengers, Uber Technologies Inc. is targeting trucking as its next big venture.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
May 18, 2017
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Three Wharton Dealmakers Bet Their Future on Trillion-Dollar Chinese Trucking Industry

Qilai Shen/Bloomberg News

In 2001, three Chinese men named Richard enrolled in the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School before heading to high-flying careers as bankers and dealmakers. More than 15 years later, they’ve teamed up to stake their future on building an Uber-like service for China's convoluted trucking industry.

Lulu Yilun Chen | Bloomberg News
May 15, 2017

Uber's Self-Driving Car Ambitions Live Another Day

Mark Beach/Fresco News via Bloomberg News

SAN FRANCISCO — Uber and Waymo's industry-critical battle over self-driving car technology now includes allegations of cover-ups, clandestine meetings and big stock payouts. But a court hearing May 3 didn't result in one possible outcome: A halt to Uber's self-driving car plans.

May 4, 2017
Business, Technology, Autonomous

China’s Uber for Trucking Said to Get $156 Million in Funding

Qilai Shen/Bloomberg News

Truck Alliance Inc., an Uber-type service for trucks in China known as Huochebang, is near an agreement to raise about $156 million, people familiar with the matter said.

Lulu Yilun Chen | Bloomberg News
May 1, 2017
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Uber Demotes Man at Center of Waymo Self-Driving Car Lawsuit

TT File Photo

Anthony Levandowski, who is at the center of Alphabet Inc.’s trade secrets lawsuit against Uber Technologies Inc., stepped down from his post overseeing self-driving car technology

Eric Newcomer | Bloomberg News
May 1, 2017
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Tech Startups Beat Uber to Freight Market, Connect Drivers With Loads Via Mobile Apps


Uber entered the freight world last year, launching speculation and arguments on whether the tech company could strike a second time and do to shipping what it did to passenger transportation — and if so, which segment of freight would have to endure the type of disruption experienced by the taxi industry.

Jonathan S. Reiskin | Associate News Editor
April 10, 2017
Business, Autonomous, Technology

Uber Tells Court That Otto's Self-Driving Sensors Aren't Stolen From Google

Levandowski by John Sommers II for TT

Uber Technologies Inc. has an alibi for Alphabet Inc.’s allegations of trade-secrets theft — the ride-hailing company’s driverless car technology is completely different from its rival’s designs.

April 7, 2017
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Uber Crash Shows Human Traits in Self-Driving Software

A recent crash involving an Uber Technologies Inc. driverless car suggests autonomous software sometimes takes the same risks as the humans it may one day replace.

Mark Bergen | Bloomberg News
March 30, 2017
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Online Freight Firm Freightos Raises $25 Million in Funding

Amir Cohen/Reuters

Freightos, an online marketplace for international shipping, said on March 29 that it raised $25 million in funding led by GE Ventures, bringing the company's total funding to date to $50 million.

Tova Cohen | Reuters
March 29, 2017