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Uber self-driving car fatal crash video released by Tempe police

Uber self-driving car fatal crash video released by Tempe police

An autonomous vehicle belonging to ridesharing company Uber struck a pedestrian earlier this week, resulting in her death. Though a human safety operator was at the wheel, the vehicle was driving itself at the time of the collision, which happened at night as the victim was crossing the road. The accident happened in Tempe, Arizona, and though details have been lacking over the past two days, a video of the collision has just been released.

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Uber’s driverless car unlikely to be at fault in fatal crash: Report

Uber’s driverless car unlikely to be at fault in fatal crash: Report

Early evidence suggests the pedestrian killed by an Uber autonomous car in Arizona may have been to blame in the controversial accident earlier this week. The ride-sharing company's self-driving Volvo SUV fleet was grounded on Monday, after a collision overnight. The pedestrian was taken to hospital, but according to police died of her injuries.

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Uber self-driving car fleet benched after pedestrian death

Uber self-driving car fleet benched after pedestrian death

Uber has grounded its entire self-driving car fleet in the US and Canada, after one of its autonomous vehicles reportedly killed a pedestrian in Arizona overnight. The vehicle is said to have been driving itself when the incident took place, though with a safety operator at the wheel.

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Many Uber, Lyft drivers make under minimum wage: MIT study

Many Uber, Lyft drivers make under minimum wage: MIT study

Over the years, many critics have cast doubt over claims of high earning potential related to driving for ride-sharing services. Some critics have called out earning potential claims made by certain ride-sharing companies, pointing out that they fail to factor in things like vehicle costs and self-employment taxes. In what is the first big look at this issue, MIT researchers have analyzed the real-world costs and earnings of being a gig economy driver.

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Uber Health helps patients get to their appointments on time

Uber Health helps patients get to their appointments on time

Public transportation is notorious for not running on schedule and that's a problem when it comes to doctor visits. Most health clinics run on a strict schedule; being more than a few minutes late is all it takes to get your appointment cancelled. Here to help people get to those appointments on time is Uber, which has announced the launch of a new transportation service called Uber Health.

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Uber Express Pool lets riders wait, walk for cheaper fares

Uber Express Pool lets riders wait, walk for cheaper fares

Uber started out as a ride-sharing service but has quickly turned more into a ride-hailing, pseudo-chauffeur business. UberPool (optionally) brought the service back to what ride-sharing is really about, ferrying multiple passengers on a single trip. Given how Uber works, however, that has been a hassle for both drivers and riders because of the unpredictability and inconsistency. Now Uber is introducing Express Pool which aims to fix that, dangling lower prices in exchange for making riders wait and walk a block or two.

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Uber traded a tech audit to lower its Waymo settlement

Uber traded a tech audit to lower its Waymo settlement

Uber has conceded to allowing an independent audit on its autonomous car technology, it's reported, as part of its lawsuit settlement with Waymo. The two companies reached an agreement to end the lawsuit today, having spent already several days in court. Uber will avoid a jury verdict as a result, but there were apparently fierce wranglings over just what the ride-sharing firm was willing to allow.

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Uber v. Waymo driverless car case ends in settlement

Uber v. Waymo driverless car case ends in settlement

Uber v. Waymo has been settled, with Uber ending its autonomous car rival's lawsuit by coughing up an equity stake as mea culpa. The case had already begun to be heard in court this week, with Alphabet-owned Waymo alleging that Uber had misappropriated driverless car tech secrets when it brought a former Google engineer onboard to lead its autonomous vehicle team.

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Waymo v. Uber trial opens and the sparks are already flying

Waymo v. Uber trial opens and the sparks are already flying

"Uber is cheating" is the simple reason Waymo has spent the past twelve months suing its autonomous car rival, Waymo lawyer Charles Verhoevan told the court as the much-anticipated case ends day one in California. Alphabet-owned Waymo, the self-driving car company spun out of Google's X moonshot division, filed suit against ride-sharing firm Uber in February 2017. Today, its legal team had its first moment in the courtroom.

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Uber wants paying driverless cars within 18 months

Uber wants paying driverless cars within 18 months

Uber aims to have autonomous cars running a commercial ride-sharing service on the road within eighteen months, its CEO has confirmed today. The company, which is currently embroiled in a legal battle over allegations it copied self-driving technology from Alphabet-owned Waymo, has been testing its driverless vehicles on public roads for some time now.

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SoftBank acquires 20% of Uber in investment deal

SoftBank acquires 20% of Uber in investment deal

After several months of negotiations, Japanese tech firm SoftBank will be acquiring a 20% stake in Uber as part of an investment deal with the troubled ride hailing company. Uber's many problems — which have been seen throughout 2017, including numerous reports of sexism, illegal business tactics, and questionable software — are also reflected in the company's updated valuation, which has dropped from roughly $70 billion to $48 billion.

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Uber engaged in spying, hacking, and bribery, says ex-employee

Uber engaged in spying, hacking, and bribery, says ex-employee

By now it shouldn't be a surprise to anyone that Uber relies on numerous shady practices, but as part of the ongoing lawsuit between the ride-hailing company and self-driving start-up Waymo over stolen technology, new evidence has been released that shows the lengths Uber has gone to in order to succeed. A 37-page letter written by a former employee has been published, and it includes claims that the company regularly conducted corporate espionage, illicit hacking, unlawful surveillance, and even bribery.

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