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American Airlines, Uber team to shuttle passengers home (and back)

American Airlines and ridesharing service Uber have teamed up to offer passengers a way to get from the airport to their home and back again, nixing the need to order a taxi or use long-term parking. Of course, anyone could order an Uber ride to or from the airport anyway, making the partnership seem a little redundant. That’s why American Airlines has added a “Remind me to Uber” icon to confirmation emails.

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RideWith becomes Waze Rider, still in mysterious limited test

A small, almost quiet, change has happened in an Android app that might have significant implications down the road. Despite the controversy that hounds ride- sharing services like Uber and Lyft, Google seems unfazed in rolling out its own counterpart idea. But it won't be called "RideWith" anymore. That name, which was revealed in the middle of 2015, has been replaced with a more familiar sounding one, "Waze Rider". The idea remains the same but its future is just as murky as it has been months ago.

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Uber driver caught drunk accepting passengers

The taxi industry froths as another Uber driver adds fuel to the ridesharing safety debate. This weekend, an Uber driver was pulled over and allegedly found to be drunk behind the wheel; despite his condition, he reportedly accepted passengers and was on his way to pick up another, the latest blemish on Uber's public face. Uber, of course, has denounced the driver's decision and has already nixed him from its platform.

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Amazon Echo will now request an Uber too

Amazon seems to be on roll this week with adding new capabilities to its Echo smart home speaker. First it was ordering pizza for the Super Bowl, then came support for listening to Spotify, and now users can ask digital assistant Alexa to order them an Uber ride. The ride-sharing company has announced that its API is now compatible with Echo, so those in need of a driver don't even need to take their phone out, let alone open the app.

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Uber decides to rebrand itself, unveils trippy new icons

If you picked up your phone today and spotted an app you didn't remember installing, you might have been surprised to find out its Uber, which has announced a rebranding today. In the past, riders and drivers alike were presented with the dark blue icon with a light gray "U" inside. Now riders and drivers will see different icons, depending on which designation they have with the service, neither of which resemble the old design.

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Uber and more blamed for traffic congestion in China

Some proponents of ridesharing services like Uber claim they can decrease road congestion by requiring less people to drive around. Others have argued the opposite — that such services are actually increasing congestion — and now Beijing officials can be counted among them. In a recent statement, officials in the Chinese city pointed toward Uber and similar ridesharing services as the reason for increasingly worse traffic backups and overall driving conditions.

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Uber will use phone sensors to confirm passenger complaints

I had my first experience with Uber earlier this month at CES. I was pleasantly surprised to find out how much better my rides were, when compared to the cabs I had taken the first couple days I was in Vegas. My drivers all received 5-star ratings, but I wondered what happened when someone leaves a bad rating. As it turns out, Uber is currently working on changes to the feedback system.

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UberEats service to launch in NYC and nine other locations

We are all familiar with Uber and the ride sharing service that the company offers. Essentially, with that service you use an app to hail a car to take you wherever you need to go. Uber has been trialing a new service called UberEats in a few cities around the country and has announced that the food delivery service is ready to kick off in ten major cities in the US.

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Airbus to provide Uber with helicopters

CEO Tom Enders from Airbus, the major aircraft manufacturer, has announced that his company will be providing helicopters to Uber. Traditionally when we talk about Uber, we are talking about its car service that allows customers to order up a ride using an app on their smartphones to get where they need to go.

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Uber’s new ‘second chance’ for rejected drivers raises concerns

Uber has announced plans to give some drivers who initially failed its background check a second chance to become a driver. This is good news for those who have moved beyond their past and are trying to earn a living, but has raised some concerns among some...mostly those who already worry about the company's driver vetting. Uber, however, isn't giving everyone a second chance.

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Uber ‘Trip Experiences’ make travel time less boring

Self-driving cars are the future, and in an effort to win over consumers, advocates have pointed toward all the extra free time such technology will inject into one’s day. Instead of spending an hour or more every day stuck in traffic commuting to work, you’ll be able to spend that time napping, lounging, or playing. Of course, self-driving cars are still being worked on, and the closest we can get to no-effort rides today are taxies and Uber. For its part, Uber wants to make trips taken through its platform a little less boring.

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Uber taps public transit with TransLoc partnership

Uber has tapped into the public transit vein with its new TransLoc partnership. Under this, Uber's mobile app will be integrated with the TransLoc Rider app, enabling the service’s users to set up trips that encompass public transit options in addition to Uber rides. Public transit, meanwhile, could see a boost in riders who use Uber to get to the nearest train terminal or bus stop.

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