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Uber’s getting into the long-haul trucking business

Uber’s getting into the long-haul trucking business

Uber is getting into the long-haul trucking business, expanding its focus beyond mere consumer ridesharing (and possible future VTOL flights). The company recently acquired Otto, a trucking startup with self-driving ambitions, and now it is working on establishing partnerships with truck drivers and more. Per statements made recently by Otto co-founder Lior Ron, the Otto fleet is being expanded from six trucks to 15 or so, with the trucks being slated to hit the road starting next year.

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Uber may offer short VTOL flights in big cities in the future

Uber may offer short VTOL flights in big cities in the future

For now, hailing an Uber ride means waiting for a human driver to show up in a car. In the relatively near future, we expect it’ll mean an autonomous car showing up. In the somewhat more distant future, it could include a different option entirely: a short duration autonomous flight from one place to another. Such a reality was recently discussed by Uber’s Jeff Holden, who said the company is looking into so-called VTOL technology — that is, vertical takeoff and landing vehicles.

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Uber rolls out security selfies in US for driver authentication

Uber rolls out security selfies in US for driver authentication

Uber has taken another step toward addressing safety concerns voiced by critics, doing so by starting a rollout of security selfies in the United States. With these selfies, an Uber driver takes a selfie using their phone before they can go online in the Uber system, which users the selfie to determine whether the driver matches the account owner's photo on file. By doing so, it serves as an authentication of sorts that the driver is who he or she is supposed to be.

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Uber in New York City gets ride scheduling

Uber in New York City gets ride scheduling

Uber is great if you need to catch a ride somewhere, but lacks when you have to catch a ride at a specific time — if no drivers are close by, you’ll be forced to wait however long until a driver swings by. To help deal with that issue comes a scheduled rides feature for those located in New York City. With it, you can schedule a ride ahead of time to ensure there’s a car ready to pick you up right when you need it. This is part of the feature announced in June, which already went live in Seattle and many other places.

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Uber facility to open in Detroit soon

Uber facility to open in Detroit soon

Uber will soon open a facility in Detroit, doing so to work with suppliers as part of its future transportation goals. The information was announced today by Uber executive Sherif Marakby, who said the facility won’t be used to make hardware or produce cars. The ridesharing company is said to be close to finalizing its plans for the Michigan city, and that it is ‘close’ to launching the Detroit facility. Autonomous cars have become a large focus for the company, which already has research efforts underway in Pittsburgh.

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Uber now lets you request rides using Apple Maps and Siri

Uber now lets you request rides using Apple Maps and Siri

It's been a big couple of days for Uber. Yesterday the company announced that it was rolling out a fleet of self-driving vehicles in the Pittsburgh area for testing, and now the app is getting a pretty major upgrade on iOS. A new update to the Uber iOS app is offering up some increased functionality, as users can now use Apple Maps and Siri to hail a ride.

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Uber kicks off self-driving tests in Pittsburgh

Uber kicks off self-driving tests in Pittsburgh

Last month, we told you that Uber had plans to launch a fleet of self-driving cars in Pittsburgh, kicking off a slew of real-world tests for the system developed by its Advanced Technology Center. At the time, the tests were said to begin before the end of August, but we entered September without any word of self-driving Uber cars arriving to pick up passengers. Despite showing up a little late to the party, Uber has announced that its real-work tests of self-driving technology begin today in Pittsburgh.

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Chase and Uber Payment Rewards join Android Pay roster

Chase and Uber Payment Rewards join Android Pay roster

Google has announced new Android Pay support for a multitude of banks and services, adding one of the largest in the US to its roster today. Android Pay now supports credit and debit cards from Chase, with Google pointing out that Chase customers can still enjoy the benefits they get with those cards while using them with Android Pay.

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UberEats London drivers protest as gig economy sours

UberEats London drivers protest as gig economy sours

Uber has another issue on its hands, this time involving a planned protest by UberEats drivers in London who are upset about a pay cut. Pay has been a contentious issue among Uber workers all over the world, with many arguing that after things like taxes, fuel costs, and maintenance, they make near or less than minimum wage. That's the same issue inspiring this latest protest, with drivers saying they may make less than minimum wage due to the pay cut.

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Uber reportedly lost a staggering $1.2b in first half of 2016

Uber reportedly lost a staggering $1.2b in first half of 2016

When it comes to ride-hailing services, no name is as big as Uber, but even that kind of brand recognition apparently can't stop the company from losing money. According to a Bloomberg report, Uber may have lost as much as $1.2 billion in the first half of 2016, which if true means that Uber has lost more than $4 billion in its short, seven-year existence.

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nuTonomy beats Uber with self-driving taxis in Singapore

nuTonomy beats Uber with self-driving taxis in Singapore

Ride-hailing giant Uber made headlines last week when it announced that it would soon begin conducting real-world tests of self-driving taxis in Pittsburgh. Unfortunately for them, MIT-spinoff nuTonomy has just taken the title of world's first autonomous taxis with the debut of pilot program in Singapore on Thursday. The trial is free for passengers, inviting them to schedule a ride in one of six self-driving cars, with specific locations for pick-ups and drop-offs.

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Uber and Lyft rides to be taxed under new Massachusetts law

Uber and Lyft rides to be taxed under new Massachusetts law

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has signed a new law that will impose a fee on every ride generated through ride-hailing apps like Lyft and Uber. The fee will only come in at 20 cents per ride, and the good news for consumers is that they won't see the fee tacked onto the cost of their ride, as this law bans the service providers from passing the cost of the fee onto consumers.

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