Uber Technologies News

Uber Falters in First Legal Attack on California Gig Worker Law

Uber Technologies Inc. and Postmates Inc. are unlikely to put a quick stop to a landmark California law they call a monstrous threat to their business models. A judge signaled Friday that she’s inclined to reject a request to temporarily …

Uber, Postmates Sue California to Block Gig-Worker Law

Uber Technologies Inc. and Postmates Inc. sued the state of California, alleging that a labor rights law set to go into effect this week is unconstitutional. The lawsuit filed Monday in Los Angeles federal court is a preemptive strike against …

Self-Driving Uber in Crash Wasn’t Programmed to Spot Jaywalkers

Uber Technologies Inc.’s self-driving test car that struck and killed a pedestrian last year wasn’t programmed to recognize and react to jaywalkers, according to documents released by U.S. safety investigators. The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday released more …

Lyft Faces Sexual Assault Lawsuits That Could Tarnish Image

Lyft Inc.’s image as the “woke” ride-hailing company faces a new challenge from a rash of lawsuits filed by women who claim they were sexually assaulted by drivers summoned to take them home after evenings of partying. Since Aug. 1, …

Union Splits From Uber and Lyft on California Worker Rights Law

Uber and Lyft suffered a setback in their months-long fight against rules that could force them to reclassify California drivers as employees. The ride-hailing companies, along with other businesses that depend on gig-economy work, have been talking with unions about …

UPS Seeks Airline-Type Status for Long-Distance Drone Deliveries

United Parcel Service Inc. is seeking approval to operate delivery drones under the same rules as a private jet service, unlocking the potential to carry health-care packages over long distances between hospitals. The company is working with the U.S. Federal …

Self-Driving Trucks Begin Mail Delivery Test for U.S. Postal Service

The U.S. Postal Service on Tuesday started a two-week test transporting mail across three Southwestern states using self-driving trucks, a step forward in the effort to commercialize autonomous vehicle technology for hauling freight. San Diego-based startup TuSimple said its self-driving …

Uber’s Arbitration Addiction Could Be Death by 60,000 Cuts

For Uber Technologies Inc., using legal arbitration to deal with driver compensation complaints — over anything from pay to overtime to mileage reimbursement — seemed like the smart play: it would preclude costly class-action litigation, it was private, and few …

Lyft and Uber Fly to Hawaii to Build Their Own Captive Insurers

Ride-sharing giants Lyft Inc. and Uber Technologies Inc. seem to have found the same solution for dealing with the risks of managing millions of drivers on the road: Creating their own insurers in Hawaii. On Friday, Lyft told potential investors …