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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 …

Uber Restarts Self-Driving Car Program in Pittsburgh

Uber has taken the first step toward relaunching its self-driving cars on Pittsburgh-area streets four months after a fatal accident involving one of the cars in Arizona. A spokeswoman said the company put a handful of vehicles back on the …

Uber Nearing Self-Driving Cars Without Human Backup Driver

Uber plans to carry passengers in autonomous vehicles without human backup drivers in about the same time frame as competitors, which expect to be on the road at the latest sometime next year, the service’s autonomous vehicle chief said Wednesday. …

Volvo Will Supply Uber With Thousands of Self-Driving Cars

Volvo Cars said Monday it will sell tens of thousands of self-driving cars to Uber, which is expanding to become an operator and owner of its own car fleet. Volvo said in a statement that it would provide the San …

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 …

China Startup Races Tesla With Driverless Trucks in Arizona

A Chinese startup with powerful backing plans to test a fleet of self-driving trucks in Arizona and Shanghai next year, competing with Uber Technologies Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo in transforming the way goods are delivered. Haulage is ripe for …

UK Report Suggests New Definition of Worker in Age of Gig Economy

In the contentious matter of whether gig economy workers are the employees of the platforms they work from, positions are often extreme. Uber presents its drivers as independent contractors who value the flexibility of their working arrangements above all else. …

Waymo Says Ex-Uber CEO Knew of Engineer’s Google Info

Ousted Uber Technologies Inc. head Travis Kalanick learned early last year that the engineer who until recently oversaw the company’s driverless car project possessed discs of information from Google, according to a court filing. Kalanick, who resigned under pressure Monday, …

Waymo’s Trade Secret Case May Stall Uber Driverless Car Ambitions

Uber Technologies Inc. Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick calls driverless cars an “existential” necessity for his company. If he’s right, Uber can’t afford to lose in its court fight with rival Waymo. The two titans are wrangling in San Francisco …

Air Taxis Will Be Akin to Taking the Bus

The idea is certainly audacious: Thwart traffic in congested cities by flying over it. Quick, quiet, clean, cheap. This concept—which requires a new type of battery-powered vertical takeoff and landing vehicle (VTOL)—is Silicon Valley to its core in terms of …