Cars

Self-Driving Cars Likely to Be Tested on Manhattan Streets in 2018

Self-Driving Cars Likely to Be Tested on Manhattan Streets in 2018

Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, Associated Press

New York wants to be a testing ground for autonomous technology, and General Motors is looking to bring fully automated Chevy Volts to the streets of Manhattan. We're glad an engineer and a second person will be in each car, just in case.

19 hours ago

Ride-Sharing Apps Like Uber and Lyft Are Contributing to Urban Congestion

Ride-Sharing Apps Like Uber and Lyft Are Contributing to Urban Congestion

Justin Fox, Bloomberg

Like any new technology or service, there are often unintended consequences. Uber, Lyft and others are putting more cars on the road, which isn't great, but on the other hand they make for more affordable transportation and possibly see fewer people driving drunk. So there's that.

3 days ago

Uber’s Self-Inflicted Woes Have Created a Wave of Legal Challenges

Uber’s Self-Inflicted Woes Have Created a Wave of Legal Challenges

Eric Newcomer, Bloomberg

Uber's new CEO may or may not be able to get the brand past its multiple challenges. The truth is, the previous CEO was never going to get Uber past them because his successes were so closely tied to the issues that are now causing it so much trouble.

1 week ago

Uber Testifies in UK About Business-Model Issues

Uber Testifies in UK About Business-Model Issues

Adam Satariano, Bloomberg

Sooner — rather than later — Uber will need to address and reform its relationships with drivers. On the other hand, the company is already losing money, and treating drivers as employees could push Uber further into the red.

1 week ago

Connected Car Bells and Whistles Make for a Distracting Trip

Connected Car Bells and Whistles Make for a Distracting Trip

Joan Lowy, Associated Press

Voice technology could limit the distractions in the connected car. But as with smartphones, social media and the world, Permanxiety will now penetrate the sanctum of the automobile.

2 weeks ago

Uber Saudi Arabia Wants to Hire Female Drivers After Ban Lifts

Uber Saudi Arabia Wants to Hire Female Drivers After Ban Lifts

Sarah Algethami, Bloomberg

This is some positive public relations for Uber but the company has a controversial history with ensuring female drivers and passengers' safety that it also needs to continue to address. Uber might have to go to great lengths to ensure female drivers' safety in Saudi Arabia because there undoubtedly is still opposition to women drivers — let alone being Uber drivers.

2 weeks ago

Uber CEO Juggles ‘Constructive’ London Meeting With Board Drama

Uber CEO Juggles ‘Constructive’ London Meeting With Board Drama

Adam Satariano, Bloomberg

Which is the easier "get?" Placing Uber back on London's streets or talking the Uber board of directors into an armistice? It's hard to tell but both will certainly come with plenty of high-stakes drama.

2 weeks ago

Uber UK and Northern Europe Boss to Step Down Amid London Licensing Fight

Uber UK and Northern Europe Boss to Step Down Amid London Licensing Fight

Adam Satariano, Bloomberg

Whether or not Bertram's departure is tied to Uber's problems in London, getting someone new in there sends a positive signal that Uber realizes its shortcomings in the UK, and wants to fix them.

2 weeks ago

Uber’s Path to $70 Billion Won’t Be Kind and Gentle

Uber’s Path to $70 Billion Won’t Be Kind and Gentle

Leila Abboud, Bloomberg

It will be a challenge for Uber to repair its image and conduct damage control while continuing to grow globally with an eye on going public.

3 weeks ago

Lyft Looks to Ford to Help It With Self-Driving Car Ambitions

Lyft Looks to Ford to Help It With Self-Driving Car Ambitions

Eric Newcomer, Bloomberg

Lyft has other technology issues to focus on as well, like gettting its drivers to show up on the same side of the street as its riders. We think it and Uber are over iterating with autonomous cars.

3 weeks ago

Ousted Uber CEO Fills 2 Board Seats and Wants Everyone to Know He’s Still a Force

Ousted Uber CEO Fills 2 Board Seats and Wants Everyone to Know He’s Still a Force

Eric Newcomer, Bloomberg

We hope there will be security guards sitting in during Uber's next board meeting because this is going to be rough. To borrow a phrase, former CEO Travis Kalanick is not going gentle into that good night. At all.

3 weeks ago

A Multi-Billion Dollar Investment in Uber Is Contingent on Keeping Ex-CEO Away

A Multi-Billion Dollar Investment in Uber Is Contingent on Keeping Ex-CEO Away

Caroline Hyde, Giles Turner and Eric Newcomer, Bloomberg

Benchmark would not go this far just to be petty. It's a striking indication of how much it feels like ex-CEO Kalanick created a toxic culture at the company.

3 weeks ago