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Uber explains how it will handle drivers exposed to coronavirus

Uber explains how it will handle drivers exposed to coronavirus

Uber has released information on how it is handling the coronavirus outbreak, including how drivers will be supported if they're exposed to the virus. According to the company, it will offer 'financial assistance' for up to 14 days for any driver or delivery person who is directly impacted by the virus. As well, it explains how it is keeping its vehicles clean and more.

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Uber details items riders lost in 2019: AirPods, mice, and a Ouija board

Uber details items riders lost in 2019: AirPods, mice, and a Ouija board

Uber has detailed the items its customers accidentally left behind in cars in 2019. The most commonly lost items are the ones you'd expect: riders often lost their keys, forgot their bags, and misplaced their phones. Other commonly lost items included wallets, headphones, glasses, and vapes. What about the less common, but no less interesting, items? Uber has an entire list of them.

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Uber’s latest feature lets riders discreetly complain about drivers

Uber’s latest feature lets riders discreetly complain about drivers

Uber has introduced another safety feature, this one designed to let riders betray their drivers by discreetly reporting small disturbances that don't warrant a larger report. If your driver sends a message while driving, doesn't seem like they're paying enough attention to the road, brakes too hard, or other potential safety issues, you can now report them using this tool.

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Lyft shows how to get a free ride to vote in 2020 elections

Lyft shows how to get a free ride to vote in 2020 elections

The ride sharing program Lyft is providing free and discounted rides to polls for the primary and general election season for voting in 2020 in the USA. This is an expansion of a program they've had in the past. This system of discounted and free ride sharing action started with the Iowa Caucus and continues through ALL primary votes and ALL caucuses leading up to the general election in November, 2020.

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Uber trials booking rides by voice call and our irony meters explode

Uber trials booking rides by voice call and our irony meters explode

App-based rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft saved us from the nightmare of having to talk to a taxi dispatcher on the phone, so consider it ironic that Uber's big news today is the ability to summon a car through a voice call. The company is testing a new option for booking Uber by voice, with a human operator just like in the good (bad) old days.

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California gives Uber permit to test autonomous cars on public roads

California gives Uber permit to test autonomous cars on public roads

Uber has been granted a permit for testing self-driving vehicles in California. The permission comes from the California Department of Motor Vehicles, though Uber won't be utilizing its new permit at any point in the immediate future. The decision comes after one of the company's autonomous vehicles struck and killed a pedestrian in March 2018.

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Uber in Mexico suspends dozens of rider accounts over coronavirus fear

Uber in Mexico suspends dozens of rider accounts over coronavirus fear

Uber in Mexico has suspended 240 rider accounts after the users took rides with two different drivers who had been in contact with someone who potentially had coronavirus, according to a new report. The decision was made merely out of an abundance of caution, according to the company, which indicates that it'll eventually reinstate these user accounts. The decision appears to have been made so that potential symptoms have time to appear.

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Uber riders can now use verification PINs for extra safety

Uber riders can now use verification PINs for extra safety

The ride verification PIN that Uber first introduced late last year in select markets is now available to all riders located in the United States and Canada. With this feature, users can choose to enable a PIN-based security feature that requires drivers to enter the right PIN in order to verify that they're who they say they are. The feature will help cut down on the risk of getting into the wrong car.

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This is the flying taxi Hyundai is building for Uber

This is the flying taxi Hyundai is building for Uber

Hyundai and Uber are working on a flying taxi, promising to transport up to five people through city skies, and eventually one day ditch the human pilot, too. It's part of Hyundai's Urban Air Mobility (UAM) vision, with a so-called Personal Air Vehicle (PAV) using vertical take-off and electric motors to alleviate road congestion.

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Air Taxis: How will they work

Air Taxis: How will they work

Beating the jam by hailing a flying taxi could soon become a thing. Major players like Boeing and Uber are pouring in big money into air taxis as a new way to bring people around cities. Most of these taxis today look like small planes or helicopters that ferry people to airports, beaches and other destinations efficiently, greatly reducing the amount of time spent in commute.

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Uber loses London operator’s license again

Uber loses London operator’s license again

Uber has found itself in the sights of Transport for London again today, and not in a good way. Transport for London has decided not to renew the company's license to operate, citing a "pattern of failures" on the part of Uber that put the safety of passengers at risk. This isn't as bad as seems on the surface, as Uber now has the chance to appeal and can continue to operate while that appeals process plays out.

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Uber will soon record audio on trips for safety purposes

Uber will soon record audio on trips for safety purposes

Uber may have helped start a new industry but it has quickly become the object of scorn over a multitude of issues and accusations. In addition to questionable business and labor practices, the ride-sharing company that started it all has come under fire for its failure to keep both passengers and even drivers safe, sometimes from each other. That is why it is testing a new safety feature that will provide needed evidence and safety incentives by potentially violating privacy in audio recording trips.

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