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Waymo CEO Sees Driverless Trucking Catching on Faster Than Taxis

True driverless cars have arrived from Waymo, the self-driving unit of Alphabet Inc., but the company’s chief executive officer says robot ride hailing may not be the first form of automotive autonomy to take off commercially. Waymo has begun running …

GM Cruise to Delay Commercial Launch of Self-Driving Cars to Beyond 2019

General Motors Co’s self-driving unit, Cruise, said on Wednesday it was delaying the commercial deployment of cars past its target of 2019 as more testing of the vehicles was required. Cruise Chief Executive Officer Dan Ammann said the company would …

Uber Accused by Maimed Rider of Impeding Search for Driver

A woman who claims she was run over on a California freeway last year after an enraged ride-hailing driver ordered her out of his car is still trying to find him. Uber Technologies Inc. says the “mystery driver” isn’t one …

Uber Focuses on Safety, Will Check Up on Idle Cars

If you sit in an Uber car for too long, the ride-hailing company plans to check up on you to make sure all is OK. That’s one of several new features Uber Technologies Inc. unveiled on Wednesday meant to make …

Toyota Invests $500M in Uber to Get Self-Driving Cars on the Road

Toyota Motor Corp. is expanding an alliance with Uber Technologies Inc. through a new investment and a plan to get self-driving cars on the road, said a person familiar with the matter. The Japanese automaker will invest about $500 million …

Startup Launches Insurance for Ride-Hailing Passengers

Worried about an accident when you ride with Uber or Lyft? Now you can get an insurance policy from your phone for the ride too. Startup Sure Inc. announced Thursday that it has partnered with underwriter Chubb to launch a …

Uber Future Plans Include Sleek Flying Taxis

Commuters of the future could get some relief from congested roads if Uber’s plans for flying taxis work out. The ride-hailing service unveiled Wednesday an artist’s impression of the sleek, futuristic machine it hopes to start using for demonstration flights …

California, Uber Still Working to Negotiate Self-Driving Car Rules

Negotiations over whether Uber must stop its newly launched self-driving car service in San Francisco have concluded without a clear resolution, according to California transportation regulators. The state has threatened legal action if the ride-hailing company continues to pick up …

Massachusetts Uber, Lyft Screenings Will be Toughest in U.S.

Drivers for ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft will undergo what state officials call the most comprehensive background checks in the U.S. under agreements announced Monday by Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration. The screenings will begin on Jan. 6, with both companies …

Uber, GM Team Up on Car-Sharing

Uber Technologies Inc. is working with General Motors Co., a major backer of ride-hailing rival Lyft Inc., to help drivers get access to vehicles. The automaker’s Maven car-sharing service will let Uber drivers lease cars from GM’s fleet in San …