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NASA and Uber plan tests to support future air travel over cities

NASA and Uber plan tests to support future air travel over cities

Experts at NASA's Ames Research Center will work alongside a team from Uber this week to run computer simulation tests of future air travel over urban environments. The tests will be conducted in order to get data on 'certain things we already know and others we still need to invent,' according to the space agency. The work is being done under NASA's Urban Air Mobility program, which aims to pave the way for future drone deliveries and small vehicle air transportation over cities.

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Explainer: Uber, Lyft, WeWork – Why are these tech companies losing money?

Explainer: Uber, Lyft, WeWork – Why are these tech companies losing money?

Rising tech companies like Uber and WeWork have been on the news lately, but not for reasons they would have anticipated at the start of the year. What was meant to be a record-setting year for tech companies listed on the stock market has led to major disappointment, with many of these big names losing up to half of their stock value in a matter of months.

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Uber’s next big safety feature could be eavesdropping audio

Uber’s next big safety feature could be eavesdropping audio

Uber users have raised their share safety concerns with the company, and now it seems that a new feature that could help allay some of those concerns is on the way. Uber is apparently testing a feature that will allow riders to record audio through the app when they feel unsafe during a ride. There are a lot of details we don't know about this feature yet, as Uber hasn't said anything official about it.

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Uber will start mapping Dallas streets this fall using human drivers

Uber will start mapping Dallas streets this fall using human drivers

Uber Advanced Technologies Group has announced plans to expand into Dallas, Texas, building upon its existing presence in Toronto, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco. The company will start gathering data in the city in early November, the company revealed in a statement today, and it'll be kicking things off with manually-driven cars. The cars will be driven on the city's downtown streets.

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Uber is now using riders’ smartphones to detect unusual trips

Uber is now using riders’ smartphones to detect unusual trips

The RideCheck feature Uber first introduced last year is now rolling out widely to users in the United States, the company has announced. RideCheck is a safety feature that uses the sensors located within the driver's and rider's phones to detect unusual behavior related to rides, such as whether they take a strange route or stay stopped for an unusually long time, among other things.

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Uber Elevate wants to start delivering Big Macs via drones by summer

Uber Elevate wants to start delivering Big Macs via drones by summer

Uber's growing empire has been besieged numerous times and in numerous but that hasn't stopped the company from dreaming big and trying to be big. While it's self-driving plans are still undergoing scrutiny, a part of its company is setting its eyes on something less controversial and potentially more lucrative, too. Uber sets its sights on the the clouds with its Elevate aerial arm and its plans to deliver food on rooftops in just a few months.

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Uber and Volvo’s self-driving SUV just hit a huge milestone

Uber and Volvo’s self-driving SUV just hit a huge milestone

Uber has revealed its new autonomous car, a self-driving Volvo SUV that the ride-hailing company says is finally production ready. The reveal comes after controversy around Uber's driverless development, which included a collision in mid-2018 that saw a pedestrian killed by a prototype vehicle.

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Uber will start deactivating some riders who have low ratings

Uber will start deactivating some riders who have low ratings

Though Uber drivers are able to give riders ratings, they never seemed to actually matter. Many obnoxious, rude, or otherwise problematic riders have remained live on the system, but that's about to change. The company recently revealed a change of plans that will result in some riders being deactivated due to very low ratings given by drivers.

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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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