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Uber adds quiet mode option in app, but only for luxury rides

Uber adds quiet mode option in app, but only for luxury rides

Uber users have been requesting some type of quiet mode for years, one that would enable them to make their preference for zero small talk known before the driver picks them up. The company has finally launched this feature, but it isn't available for many of the rides that take place on its platform. In addition to the new quiet preference, riders can also now alert drivers to temperature preference, request luggage help, and more.

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Uber airport PIN test lets riders get in the first available car

Uber airport PIN test lets riders get in the first available car

Uber is testing a new feature that may greatly simplify airport pickups, the company has announced. Customers who order a ride at Portland International Airport can now participate in a pilot program that enables them to get into the first available Uber vehicle, not a specific one they were assigned. Key to the feature is a six-digit PIN that riders present to drivers.

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Uber brings its Ride Pass plan to another 20 major markets

Uber brings its Ride Pass plan to another 20 major markets

Popular ride-sharing service Uber has expanded its Ride Pass into 20 more cities, the company has announced, improving the experience for many more customers who rely on the service. With Ride Pass, riders can lock in lower prices to transform Uber into a more consistent option for daily rides to work, the gym, or wherever life takes them.

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Prosecutors: Uber not criminally liable in autonomous car crash

Prosecutors: Uber not criminally liable in autonomous car crash

Prosecutors say Uber has been found not criminally liable in the fatal 2018 crash involving one of its self-driving vehicles. The vehicular accident resulted in the death of pedestrian Elaine Herzberg, who was struck by the vehicle while attempting to cross the road. The self-driving vehicle's safety driver may face charges related to the crash, however.

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Uber Rewards expands to all US riders: Here’s what it offers

Uber Rewards expands to all US riders: Here’s what it offers

Uber has expanded its Rewards program to cover all of its riders in the United States, building upon the initial nine cities it was originally offered in. Under this program, Uber customers can earn points for every ride they take and every order they place through Uber Eats. The points are divided up into membership tiers, each offering additional perks for using the service.

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Uber’s new free ride promo will only be available to Super Bowl losers

Uber’s new free ride promo will only be available to Super Bowl losers

Two cities, each represented by a professional football team, will battle it out for honor and glory this weekend. One of those cities will be victorious, leaving the other to weep and, if its residents want, to take advantage of totally free Uber rides. The free rides will be available to Uber Rewards customers during the losing city's "unhappy hour," the ride-sharing service has announced.

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Uber app gets public transit routes with real-time train and bus info

Uber app gets public transit routes with real-time train and bus info

Uber has added public transportation route options to its app for users in Denver, Colorado, the company announced on Thursday. The new offering features real-time data on trains and buses, helping users decide whether they want to take an Uber car or just hop onto the nearest public transit option. Uber is offering the route options under a partnership with the Regional Transportation District.

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Starbucks and Uber Eats are bringing coffee delivery to multiple cities

Starbucks and Uber Eats are bringing coffee delivery to multiple cities

If you're craving a Starbucks coffee but don't want to drive to the nearest store, you'll soon have another option: Uber Eats. The ride-sharing company's food delivery service previously teamed with Starbucks on a pilot to test coffee delivery in Miami. That test was apparently successful, as Starbucks has announced plans to expand its delivery to multiple major US cities.

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Uber forms new robotics team for autonomous scooters and bikes

Uber forms new robotics team for autonomous scooters and bikes

Uber isn't limiting its autonomous work to passenger vehicles and trucks, according to a new job listing. The company reportedly revealed plans to bring its self-driving technology to electric scooters and bicycles over the weekend, something that will take place through a new division called Micromobility Robotics. The company has starting hiring new employees for this team, but details remain slim.

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Uber gets permission to restart self-driving road tests in Pennsylvania

Uber gets permission to restart self-driving road tests in Pennsylvania

Uber has been granted permission to resume self-driving car tests in Pennsylvania, according to a new report. The permission follows a fatal accident involving an Uber autonomous car that took place nine months ago. Just days before the approval was publicized, a different report detailed an alleged Uber email that had expressed concerns with the company's autonomous vehicle unit.

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Uber is adding hundreds of wheelchair-accessible vehicles in six markets

Uber is adding hundreds of wheelchair-accessible vehicles in six markets

Uber has been criticized for its lack of wheelchair-accessible vehicles, but that'll soon be changing thanks to a new partnership with MV Transportation. Under the new arrangement, Uber will add hundreds of wheelchair-accessible vehicles in the future, deploying them in half a dozen of the markets where it operates.

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Uber Rewards program spreads big perks across four loyalty tiers

Uber Rewards program spreads big perks across four loyalty tiers

Uber has launched a new rewards program called Uber Rewards. The program is designed to reward customers for using the ride-sharing service and comes only days after Lyft unveiled its own similar plan. Uber Rewards applies to both Uber and Uber Eats, enabling riders to unlock perks across a total of four membership levels.

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