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Arrival and Uber team to create an electric vehicle for the ride-hailing industry

Arrival and Uber team to create an electric vehicle for the ride-hailing industry

Arrival is a company that many may be unfamiliar with working to create electric vehicles using what it calls game-changing technologies. Arrival has announced that it has teamed with Uber to build an electric vehicle called the Arrival Car. The EV is designed to be an affordable and purpose-built electric vehicle specifically made for ride-hailing and developed in partnership with Uber drivers.

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Uber teams with Walgreens to help riders get COVID-19 vaccine

Uber teams with Walgreens to help riders get COVID-19 vaccine

Ride-sharing company Uber has teamed up with Walgreens to help customers get appointments for a COVID-19 vaccine at the same time they schedule a ride to the pharmacy. With this new feature, users can browse vaccination appointment time slots at Walgreens in the Uber app, claim the time they want, then continue on to book a ride for the appointment.

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Uber and Lyft create shared database to ban dangerous drivers

Uber and Lyft create shared database to ban dangerous drivers

Uber and Lyft will share information on dangerous drivers and delivery people, aiming to make it easier to remove people who have been deactivated from a company's platform over serious safety incidents. The Industry Sharing Safety Program will help flag ride-hailing drivers who have committed physical assaults that result in a fatality, as well as sexual assault, so that they can't jump to a different company's service and continue there.

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Uber is about to acquire a big US alcohol delivery service for $1.1bn

Uber is about to acquire a big US alcohol delivery service for $1.1bn

Uber has announced that it will acquire Drizly, an alcohol delivery service that offers on-demand access to adult beverages in hundreds of markets across the US. The Drizly platform itself won't be going away, but Uber notes that in the future, it will integrate the alcohol delivery platform with its own Uber Eats delivery service.

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Joby acquires Uber Elevate as Uber invests further $75M

Joby acquires Uber Elevate as Uber invests further $75M

Uber and Joby Aviation just announced a deal that included an acquisition, "expanded partnership", and $75 million dollars. Uber will invest "a further $75 million" more than they'd previously invested in the aviation company - they'd previously invested $50 million as part of Joby's Series C financing round in the first month of 2020.

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Uber’s self-driving car project is now someone else’s problem

Uber’s self-driving car project is now someone else’s problem

Uber is washing its hands of its self-driving division, with the ride-hailing company throwing in the towel on the autonomous project as it swaps the tech for a minority stake in Aurora. It's an end to what has proved to be one of the most controversial attempts to get humans out from behind the steering wheel, and will see Uber and its partners hold 40-percent of the Amazon and Sequoia-backed autonomy startup.

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McDonald’s McRib is back, with delivery – When and where in 2020

McDonald’s McRib is back, with delivery – When and where in 2020

Precious artificial scarcity, the McDonalds McRib knows you so well! McDonalds revealed details about the 2020 McRib launch today with a tip on how massive their launch will be. This, a moment to remember in the history of extruded pork-adjacent foods, will be one to remember. Not only will this be the first time since 2012 that the McRib is launched nationwide (in the United States), it'll also be the first time many consumers are able to get the McRib delivered directly to their front door.

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Uber now delivers prescription drugs in two major US cities

Uber now delivers prescription drugs in two major US cities

Uber has announced an expansion of its Uber Health service that adds prescription drug deliveries, giving consumers a new way to get their medication without leaving home. This new offering involves Uber Direct, which was introduced back in April, in conjunction with the NimbleRx prescription delivery platform. Uber plans to expand the availability of its medication delivery option into additional markets in the near future.

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Lyft will quit California ride-hailing tonight [Update: emergency reprieve]

Lyft will quit California ride-hailing tonight [Update: emergency reprieve]

Lyft is suspending its rideshare business in California today, as the battle between local politicians and Lyft and Uber over driver employment escalates. As of 11:59PM PT, Lyft has confirmed, you'll no longer be able to summon a ride from your phone. Uber is believed to be preparing for the same deadline.

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Uber Pass membership with ride discounts goes live across the US

Uber Pass membership with ride discounts goes live across the US

Following a trial period in several cities, Uber has announced that its Uber Pass membership is rolling out to users across the United States, with the exception of California. This membership is ideal for consumers who regularly use Uber's ridesharing and food delivery services, offering them various perks like ride savings and free delivery for grocery and meal orders.

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Uber grocery delivery begins a slow roll out in a crowded space

Uber grocery delivery begins a slow roll out in a crowded space

The COVID-19 pandemic has vastly increased the demand for delivery services, particularly grocery delivery. Uber sees a chance to capitalize on that increased demand, announcing today that it's introducing grocery delivery in certain regions of North America. Uber is doing grocery delivery in a partnership with Cornershop, and at first, it'll only be available in "select cities" in Latin America and Canada.

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Uber buys Postmates: Here’s why

Uber buys Postmates: Here’s why

With the COVID-19 pandemic, we've seen a large uptick in demand for home delivery. For weeks, restaurants in many regions of the country were limited to take out and delivery orders, and if coronavirus cases keep increasing in the US, they may be limited to those options once more. Services like Uber Eats, Postmates, and Door Dash have been in high demand in recent weeks, and soon, two of those companies will be joining forces.

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