Cars

Google’s Waymo Opens Self-Driving Cars to Public for Road Tests

Google’s Waymo Opens Self-Driving Cars to Public for Road Tests

Associated Press

Waymo and Fiat Chrysler are getting to the fun part of the whole self-driving car enterprise -- letting regular people take the cars out for a spin. Oh wait, it's the other way around. And why aren't they trying this in snowy Vermont instead of Arizona?

1 day ago

Lyft Drivers Sue Uber Over Allegations of Spying

Lyft Drivers Sue Uber Over Allegations of Spying

Pamela MacLean, Bloomberg

Could things be any worse for Uber right now?

1 day ago

This Tiny Resort Island Doesn’t Want Uber or Lyft

This Tiny Resort Island Doesn’t Want Uber or Lyft

Matt O'Brien, Associated Press

If Austin tourism can still thrive despite the loss of Uber and Lyft, perhaps Block Island's resistance to ridesharing apps isn't a bad thing, either.

4 days ago

Apple to Test Self-Driving Car Software on Public Streets

Apple to Test Self-Driving Car Software on Public Streets

Mark Gurman, Bloomberg

Apple's taking tentative steps to join the self-driving car melee. It's gridlock already: On the Left Coast in California 29 other companies already have permits to hit the streets to test self-driving cars. This will be the mother of all shakeouts when things get serious

1 week ago

Uber Spied on Lyft Drivers Who Drove for Both Companies, Report Finds

Uber Spied on Lyft Drivers Who Drove for Both Companies, Report Finds

Associated Press

All the more reason to #deleteUBER?

2 weeks ago

Car-Sharing Startups BlaBlaCar and Turo Use NonTraditional Strategies to Boost Usage

Car-Sharing Startups BlaBlaCar and Turo Use NonTraditional Strategies to Boost Usage

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Car-sharing marketplaces are finding that partnerships with automotive leasing companies and insurers may be a more cost-effective way to get the word out about their services than using traditional digital marketing efforts.

3 weeks ago

Audi Will Buy Luxury-Car Rental Service Silvercar

Audi Will Buy Luxury-Car Rental Service Silvercar

Christoph Rauwald, Bloomberg

Silvercar has core devotees, especially younger car renters, but it's far from a household name. We'll see if Audi tries to scale the business or keeps it small.

4 weeks ago

Uber Will Soon Release Findings of Sexual Harassment Investigation

Uber Will Soon Release Findings of Sexual Harassment Investigation

Eric Newcomer, Bloomberg

Some are saying the recent "Delete Uber" campaign is hurting the company more than it has let on. Unfortunately for Uber, there are no quick fixes for a fundamentally problematic corporate culture.

1 month ago

Attempted Hack of Baidu Is Latest Twist in Driverless Car Drama

Attempted Hack of Baidu Is Latest Twist in Driverless Car Drama

Tom Mackenzie, Bloomberg

Between the Google/Waymo lawsuit against Uber over allegedly pilfered driverless car technology and now the apparent bid by hackers to exploit Baidu's intellectual property related to self-driving cars, it is even more apparent that there are enormous stakes in this sector.

1 month ago

Uber Rivals in Dubai and China Form Alliance to Compete

Uber Rivals in Dubai and China Form Alliance to Compete

Bloomberg

While Uber is facing its own internal struggles, rivals are teaming up in China and Dubai although Yidao in China confronts problems of its own. There will be a ton of maneuvering around the world before the pecking order is really established.

1 month ago

Uber President Resigns and Takes Shot at Current Leadership

Uber President Resigns and Takes Shot at Current Leadership

Olga R. Rodriguez, Associated Press

The ride-hailing company had hired Jeff Jones from retailer Target to improve Uber’s reputation. He says, “The beliefs and approach to leadership that have guided my career are inconsistent with what I saw and experienced at Uber." Ouch.

1 month ago

Can Tech Bros Navigate Austin’s SXSW Without the Help of Uber?

Can Tech Bros Navigate Austin’s SXSW Without the Help of Uber?

Joshua Brustein, Bloomberg

In this new era of regulation-light, consumer-hostile rule changes, Uber and Lyft probably won't have to wait long to get their way in the state of Texas.

2 months ago