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Here's the aspect of self-driving car testing that's not dominated by Apple or Google

A Cruise vehicle is spotted in San Francisco.Image: Dllu/wikimedia commons By Sasha Lekach2018-05-21 22:31:59 UTC Last week, Apple’s secretive, self-driving car project got some attention for adding more cars approved for testing in California. But despite the company’s big name and the heightened curiosity over the iPhone-maker’s foray into autonomous vehicles, the winner here is not the company you’d expect. We looked at the past few months of reports from

Self-driving Uber that killed pedestrian reportedly didn’t realize she was human

New details have been reported about problems with Uber’s self-driving car software and object detection.Image: uber By Sasha Lekach2018-05-07 23:09:15 UTC The 49-year-old woman struck and killed by a self-driving Uber vehicle in Arizona earlier this year was detected by the autonomous vehicle’s sensors, but the car didn’t avoid her due to an improper software setting, according to a Monday report from the Information.  Elaine Herzberg was hit on a

Uber acquires electric-assist bike-share company Jump

The dockless e-bikes from Jump are now part of Uber.Image: sasha lekach/mashable By Sasha Lekach2018-04-09 22:55:43 UTC Uber is making a big push into bicycles.  The ride-hailing company announced Monday it was acquiring bicycle-share company, Jump. The San Francisco-based company known for its red frames with a battery-powered boost had partnered with Uber for the past few months in San Francisco. Uber Bike is sticking around. Now Jump and its

Intel used fatal Uber crash footage to show what its self-driving software would do

Intel’s Mobileye shows how its response system would have evaluated the moment right before the Uber crash, detecting different shapes and distances.Image: intel By Sasha Lekach2018-03-26 23:11:46 UTC After a self-driving Uber crashed and killed a woman walking her bike across a Tempe, Arizona, road last week, the technology behind autonomous vehicles has been questioned and scrutinized. Intel, the company behind the driver-assistance software Mobileye — which is used in

Why ride-hailing app Fasten couldn’t make it against the big players

Say goodbye to the Uber alternative, Fasten.Image: fasten By Sasha Lekach2018-03-05 22:33:45 UTC What a difference a year makes, especially for up and coming ride-hailing app Fasten. Last year the tech, media, and music conference South by Southwest was a ride-hailing nightmare, with Uber and Lyft no longer operating in Austin, Texas, over issues with fingerprint background check requirements. This gave smaller wannabe ride apps the perfect opportunity to show

Delightfully well-meaning grandma doesn't understand how Uber works

Keep track of those ‘Uber appointments.’Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock By Shannon Connellan2018-01-01 23:47:03 UTC Remember a time before Uber? Your grandma does, and she’s more pure than this world will ever be again. Especially reddit user ck2400’s grandma, who presented her grandchild with a 2018 weekly pocket planner because she “thought this would be good for your Uber appt’s.” Not quite how Uber works, but incredibly sweet. Sure, Uber’s app can keep

Sen. Mark Warner has a few questions about that Uber hack

Those Warner eyes.Image: Win McNamee/Getty Images By Jack Morse2017-11-28 00:52:25 UTC The revelation that Uber paid hackers $100,000 to cover up the apparent theft of 57 million people’s information has raised some serious questions about how the ride-hail company operates behind closed doors. At least one senator wants some answers.  On Monday, Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia published a letter addressed to Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi in which he called

Horrific harassment story is giving the internet a new reason to #DeleteUber

The backlash against Uber is back.Image: Mori/AP/REX/Shutterstock By Marcus Gilmer2017-02-20 01:53:12 UTC It’s been less than a month since ride-share company Uber faced a heavy wave of backlash that led to the “#DeleteUber” hashtag and now, after the publication of an employee’s allegations of sexual harassment and HR bumbling, the hashtag is burbling back up.  On Sunday, Susan J. Fowler posted about her experiences while at Uber and alleged a

An English version of China's biggest taxi app is coming, but there's a small problem

Didi overpowered Uber in China just last year.Image: Hwee Young/Epa/REX/Shutterstock By Victoria Ho2017-02-20 04:58:01 UTC China’s top (and pretty much monopolist) taxi app, Didi Chuxing, is quietly trialing an English version. The app, which doesn’t even have an English listing in the App Store yet, started showing English translations to some users, according to Shanghai resident, Mathieu Bouchara. Bouchara said that not only was his app’s interface in English, Chinese