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Toyota tests the waters with a small investment in Uber car leasing

Toyota tests the waters with a small investment in Uber car leasing

Toyota has made a small, easy-to-escape-from investment into ridesharing company Uber, according to a new report, and the investment will in some way see Uber expanding its auto leasing program in collaboration with Toyota. Details are sparse at this point, as both companies have declined stating how much of an investment the auto maker has made. One Toyota spokesperson, however, has described the collaboration as being a 'pilot project' of sorts.

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Uber users with dying phones are more willing to pay 9.9x surge pricing

Uber users with dying phones are more willing to pay 9.9x surge pricing

In this digital age, we tend to rely on our phones for a great many things. We use them to communicate, to order and pay for items, and we even use them to make sure that we get a ride to where we need to go. One company knows a lot about how desperate we can get when your battery is about to die, and how much we'll pay as a result.

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Will self-driving taxis watch you with AI eyeballs?

Will self-driving taxis watch you with AI eyeballs?

I was talking with some people recently about self-driving cars and how one day you'll be able to pull your phone out of your pocket and order a taxi, and it'll show up just like an Uber car, only without the driver (in fact, Uber's working hard to ditch all of its human drivers). Autonomous taxis are potentially great: they'll be cheaper because there's no driver to pay, they'll be more efficient and, in some instances, less creepy and uncomfortable. The conversation got me thinking, though: how will the owners of these autonomous taxi fleets deal with human nature and its tendency to destroy stuff?

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Uber debuts self-driving car for testing in Pittsburgh

Uber debuts self-driving car for testing in Pittsburgh

Google's projects have been dominating headlines about self-driving car research for some time now, but it's Uber's turn to make an official announcement. After months of discussing plans on its own efforts to enter the autonomous vehicle game, the ride-sharing company has revealed the first official photo of its self-driving car. The car is a hybrid model Ford Fusion, and Uber says it has received permission to begin testing on public roads in the city of Pittsburgh.

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Uber’s Trip Tracker lets you check on family members while they ride

Uber’s Trip Tracker lets you check on family members while they ride

I hate waiting around for people to show up somewhere. Sometimes they show up on time, other times I'm checking my phone for texts, wondering why they haven't shown up. I can only imagine how much more frustrating it is to be waiting for a loved one to show up when they're traveling. Thankfully Uber is looking out for you, and is introducing a new way to keep an eye on loved ones.

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Uber’s CEO bites tongue on Apple giving Chinese rival $1bn

Uber’s CEO bites tongue on Apple giving Chinese rival $1bn

Apple's $1bn investment in China's Didi Chuxing may be a blow for Uber, but company chief Travis Kalanick is paying it coy on how he really feels about the deal. The news that the Cupertino giant was making the single largest investment in the Chinese taxi-summoning service, which boasts more than 87-percent of the market for ride-sharing and over 99-percent for cab bookings, led many to wonder what Uber's response might be, but Kalanick seems more concerned about domestic tension.

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Apple invests in Didi Chuxing, Uber’s Chinese rival

Apple invests in Didi Chuxing, Uber’s Chinese rival

For years now, people have been speculating on Apple's more formal entry into the automotive business, especially after Google revealed its self-driving car project. But while Cupertino remains coy on that matter, it is entering the industry through yet another door. It has just invested $1 billion in a Chinese company named Didi Chuxing, formerly Didi Kuaidi. While practically unheard of overseas, this company is seen to have single-handedly threatened Uber's dominance in the ride-hailing service market. And, quite surprisingly, Apple suddenly seems to want a piece of that as well.

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Uber tests $5 flat carpooling fee in Manhattan

Uber tests $5 flat carpooling fee in Manhattan

Uber wants more people to carpool, and to give users incentive it is testing a new $5 flat fee (under certain conditions). Carpooling has many benefits — it saves fuel, reduces congestion on the road, and, of course, saves travelers their fare money — but many people are still hesitant to use it when strangers are involved. More Manhattan users may be willing to give it a try, though, for the right price.

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Chinese customers can pay for Uber rides with Alipay app globally

Chinese customers can pay for Uber rides with Alipay app globally

Uber and Alipay have announced a tie up that will make it easier for Chinese Uber users to pay for rides. Under the new agreement Chinese travelers can pay for rides using either the Uber or the Alipay apps in all 400 cities where Uber operates. Alipay currently boasts over 450 million active users.

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Uber tests out fees for late passengers

Uber tests out fees for late passengers

Have you ever offered a ride to a friend, only to find out that when you arrive, they're not ready? That's pretty annoying, even though they're your friend. Now just imagine you're a driver for Uber, and the person who requested you is nowhere to be found when you pull up. This is apparently a growing problem for drivers, and the company is testing a new method for combating it.

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Ford, Google, Uber, Lyft and Volvo form self-driving coalition

Ford, Google, Uber, Lyft and Volvo form self-driving coalition

Uber, Google, Ford, Volvo and Lyft have all joined forces under the Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets, a group that has tasked itself with working with the regulators and more to petition for self-driving technology. The coalition has former NHTSA official David Strickland on board as its spokesman and counsel; together, the collective will hopefully further the expansion of autonomous technology in the U.S. while making the public in general more familiar with the benefits of such technology.

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Uber transparency reports kick off with data on second half of 2015

Uber transparency reports kick off with data on second half of 2015

Uber has released its first transparency report, putting it among the ranks of dozens of companies that have rolled out similar reports. In this case, Uber’s transparency report has details on the latter half of 2015, letting the public see what kind of requests were received and what kind of information the company ended up supplying to others. As well, Uber says it is the first company to include regulatory requests among its transparency report information.

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