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Uber’s using hi-res satellite images to identify pickup locations

Uber’s using hi-res satellite images to identify pickup locations

Uber has struck a global multi-year deal with DigitalGlobe in order to use its high-resolution satellite images for better identifying pickup and drop-off locations. DigitalGlobe announced the new partnership today, saying it will provide Uber with satellite photos of cities around the globe. Access to such information is no doubt vital to Uber as it continues work on developing self-driving technologies and eventually replaces its drivers with autonomous vehicles.

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Despite legal pushback, Uber hits 2 billion rides milestone

Despite legal pushback, Uber hits 2 billion rides milestone

This past December 31, Uber announced that it had given its one billionth ride, a huge milestone for the ridesharing company. Now, a mere six or so months since that announcement, it has hit another major milestone — it has given its two billionth ride, a doubling of its transportation numbers in a half year. The company’s CEO Travis Kalanick revealed the news on Facebook today.

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Uber makes ‘difficult decision’ to pull out of Hungary

Uber makes ‘difficult decision’ to pull out of Hungary

Uber has decided to pull its Uber X service from Budapest, Hungary due to legislative rulings that have been made in the nation. The service will be suspended on July 24, and marks the latest troubled market in which Uber has been forced to leave. Uber has frequently been the source of protests among taxi drivers in nations across the world, and has in some places faced regulations it has denounced for one reason or another. Protesters in Hungary have been actively protesting against Uber.

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Uber rolling out driver tracking features in select US cities

Uber rolling out driver tracking features in select US cities

Uber has announced that it will soon begin using its immensely popular app to track the behavior of its drivers. This includes things like tracking overall speed (and alerting drivers when they're excessively going over the speed limit), monitoring how harshly drivers brake over the course of a trip, and even using the phone's gyroscope to see whether or not the driver uses their phone when they should have their eyes on the road. The feature will score drivers on their driving habits, all in the name of making Uber trips safer.

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With Wink Relay update, order Uber from your lightswitch

With Wink Relay update, order Uber from your lightswitch

Wink Relay, the home automation hub's touchscreen wall controller, can now summon you an Uber and track your Fitbit performance. Announced back in 2014 as a flexible way to control the smart home from where you'd normally expect to find your light switch, the update pulls what would traditionally be functionality you'd dig into an app for on your smartphone into a far more accessible place.

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Uber drivers can now stream Pandora without ads

Uber drivers can now stream Pandora without ads

If you use Uber, you’ve probably noticed that most drivers have a streaming service of some sort running, which makes it easier to switch to a type of music the rider likes if they request. Perhaps that’s why Uber has announced a new perk in which drivers located in the US, New Zealand, and Australia can stream music from Pandora without advertisements, though it is limited only to times they are actually driving.

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Ten cities team up to create sharing economy ‘rule book’

Ten cities team up to create sharing economy ‘rule book’

Sharing economy services like Airbnb and Uber have spread all around the world, and many cities aren’t happy about it. The business models are relatively new and many places don’t have established regulations on how to deal with these services; some have dealt with this by banning them altogether, while others have scrambled to alter or enact new legislation. Ten cities have decided to take a more proactive approach, joining together to create universal rules on how to handle such services.

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Uber partners with Capital One to offer free ride rewards

Uber partners with Capital One to offer free ride rewards

Uber has teamed up with Capital One to give some of their mutual customers the opportunity to earn free rides. The new partnership concerns the Capital One Quicksilver and QuicksilverOne card; when used to pay for Uber rides, those payments will earn rewards that eventually lead to a free ride (up to a certain value). Reward tracking is made available directly within the Uber mobile app.

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UberRUSH API opens up to all developers

UberRUSH API opens up to all developers

Uber has announced that its UberRUSH API is now available to everyone, not just the select partners it was originally open to. The API has already been used in partnership with Google Express, Nordstrom, 1800flowers, and others, but now anyone can take advantage of the service. Existing businesses can use the UberRUSH API to add on-demand delivery to business and more.

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Uber is rolling out a Scheduled Rides feature

Uber is rolling out a Scheduled Rides feature

Uber’s great except for those times you can’t seem to get a driver. It may not be a big deal if you’re looking for a quick trip across the neighborhood, but if you’ve got a flight to get to, ensuring you can get a car is imperative. Enter one of Uber’s most-requested features: Scheduled Rides. The service has made the feature live in Seattle as of today, and plans to roll it out to other cities around the globe.

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Uber will give you $2 whenever your Uberpool makes you late

Uber will give you $2 whenever your Uberpool makes you late

Ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft can be a great way to get around a big city in a timely fashion, without having to pay a whole lot to do so. With carpooling options like Uberpool, it gets even less expensive, as you end up actually sharing your ride with one or more other people. However, if sharing that car makes you late to your destination, that can be pretty frustrating. Uber gets this, and they want to make it right.

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Uber updates make life a little easier for drivers

Uber updates make life a little easier for drivers

When you request an Uber, most of the time you'll get matched up with a driver, and they'll show up to give you a ride. However, sometimes the driver cancels on you before they get there, and you have to try again. If this has ever happened to you, there are two reasons why it might have happened. You could have a low rating as a rider, or the driver you were matched up with wants a break.

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