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Uber and University of Arizona partner in self-driving car effort

Uber and University of Arizona partner in self-driving car effort

Uber dreams of self-driving cars, and over the past year we’ve seen it take steps toward making those dreams reality. The company has already indicated that it is interested in Tesla’s future self-driving car, and it has teamed up with researchers to help develop autonomous driving technologies. Of the latter, Uber has recently expanded its research efforts in a new partnership with the University of Arizona, where it will work with researchers to increase self-driving efforts. In addition, Uber plans to test out autonomous cars in Tucson.

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Uber unveils discounted Smart Routes

Uber unveils discounted Smart Routes

Uber is a popular option in many cities around the country to get from point A to point B without having to hail a normal cab or drive your own car. Uber knows that the way to get more people to use its ride service is by making the fares cheaper. It has announced a new service called Smart Routes aimed at reducing costs for riders.

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California DAs: Uber background checks didn’t find criminal records

California DAs: Uber background checks didn’t find criminal records

A pair of California district attorneys have alleged that Uber’s background checks failed to find the criminal records of 25 drivers operating in Los Angeles and San Francisco. The claims have been added to a civil suit that was first filed in December by both cities’ district attorneys. Uber is accused of continually misleading its customers about the level of background checks its drivers undergo. It is also being claimed that Uber representatives keep changing their details about the type of screening Uber performs.

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Groupon to Go food delivery service takes on UberEATS

Groupon to Go food delivery service takes on UberEATS

Groupon is taking on UberEATS in Chicago, announcing the arrival of its Groupon to Go service. With Groupon to Go, users can find restaurants in the area, browse through a menu, and then place an order (through Groupon). The order will then be delivered if delivery is selected, and the meal will arrive some time later. It works much in the same way at UberEATS, though arguably with more variety, but Groupon trumps the ridesharing service in one big way.

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Uber wants to recruit your grandma as a driver

Uber wants to recruit your grandma as a driver

Uber, at least until autonomous cars dot the landscape, needs drivers. It has already hawked its driving perks at teachers, stay-at-home moms, poor college students, and anyone else who wants extra money and has a decent car. Now the ridesharing company has partnered with Life Reimagined, an AARP non-profit subsidiary, to dangle its driving “partnerships” at the organization’s members. Uber will be making appearances at some Life Reimagined events, among other things, targeting "Americans over 40".

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StubHub for iOS now features Uber, Apple Music connectivity

StubHub for iOS now features Uber, Apple Music connectivity

StubHub, the popular service for buying and selling event tickets, has just updated its iOS app with an interesting pair of other apps/services for iPhone users: Uber and Apple Music. While on first thought these three apps seem like a random mismatch for integration, they actually play out well together and, dare I say, may be fairly useful. The Uber integration lets users request a ride in relation to the event they just bought tickets for, while Apple Music favorites can be added to StubHub, making it easier to know when tickets are available.

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Uber Ice Cream delivery: no music, only tasty treats

Uber Ice Cream delivery: no music, only tasty treats

This isn't the first time Uber vehicles have ever delivered ice cream. It is the first time Uber Denver specifically planned out an elaborate way to bring the entire city their fix on a 90-degree day in both Colorado Springs and Fort Collins. While you'd expect that having ice cream hand-delivered to wherever you happen to be in a city wouldn't be cheap, this delivery comes at a mint. Uber is delivering "Little Man Ice Cream" only, a kind of hand-made ice cream that costs $20 per 4-ounce serving.

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Uber facing class action lawsuit in Toronto

Uber facing class action lawsuit in Toronto

Uber is facing a class action lawsuit in Toronto where taxi drivers are seeking both an injunction against the ridesharing service in Ontario and in excess of $400 million CAD in damages. As in other regions, the drivers are pointing toward local regulations and claim Uber is providing illegal transportation on a mass scale. Uber, as expected, has already denounced the claims, but at this point it is still a waiting game to see if a judge will agree to hear the case.

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Xiaomi partners with Uber for hand-delivered phones

Xiaomi partners with Uber for hand-delivered phones

Uber has partnered with the smart device company Xiaomi to deliver their newest smartphone to new users. Ordering this new device, the Xiaomi Mi Note, will have the same process as ordering an Uber vehicle for pickup. Inside the Uber app, users will tap the "Xiaomi" button and proceed with ordering the new smartphone. Once they've ordered the phone successfully, the phone will be delivered to the user "within a few minutes." This partnership will be paired with an early launch of the phone for Uber customers exclusively.

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Uber scores temporary victory as NYC backs off cap plans

Uber scores temporary victory as NYC backs off cap plans

Uber. Some people, many of whom drive taxi cabs for a living, hate it, but the ridesharing service persists in both retaining and growing a large user base, and many want to see its service expand into their region. New York City is one of the places where Uber operates, and it does so with a user base that grows as the city grows. That made a recent plan by New York City's mayor to cap the number of Uber cars on the road at any given time a problem, and after backlash the plan has been temporarily halted.

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Uber settles with family of girl killed by driver

Uber settles with family of girl killed by driver

Uber has entered into a tentative settlement with the family of a young girl who died after being struck by a driver who had the UberX mobile app up and running on his smartphone at the time of the accident. The incident took place on New Year’s Eve in 2013, and involved the driver striking the 6-year-old girl, her brother, and her mother on a crosswalk in San Francisco. The girl’s family has requested that the terms of the settlement remain private for the sake of her brother’s privacy.

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Uber reportedly dropped its $3bn Nokia HERE bid

Uber reportedly dropped its $3bn Nokia HERE bid

Uber is no longer courting Nokia HERE, having reportedly dropped out of bidding for the mapping company after having an offer as much as $3bn rebuffed. The taxi-disruptor was tipped to be wooing HERE back in May, and said to be keen to add its high-resolution maps to its platform not to mention pave the way for self-driving cars. However, new reports suggest Uber has fallen by the wayside, leaving a consortium of tough-dealing German automakers in pole position.

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