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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 …

Thousands Fail Background Checks for Uber, Lyft in Massachusetts

Massachusetts officials say more than 10 percent of drivers for ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft have failed a required background check. More than 62,000 drivers passed, including some who drive for both companies. About 8,200 failed the checks, which are …

Waymo Accuses Uber of Self-Driving Car Trade Secret Theft

A self-driving car company founded by Google is colliding with ride-haling service Uber in a court battle revolving around allegations of betrayal, high-tech espionage and greed. The brewing showdown emerged late Thursday in a lawsuit filed in a San Francisco …

Maryland State Agency Advocates for Self-Driving Car Legislation

The state’s Motor Vehicle Administration is advocating legislation that would transfer regulatory power of self-driving cars to the agency and the state police, saying the change may improve safety on Maryland roads and reduce human error. Motor Vehicle Administration representative …

Uber’s Upstate New York Expansion Hinges on Fingerprinting

Uber’s push to expand into upstate New York cities such as Buffalo, Rochester and Albany is reigniting a debate over whether the drivers for the app-based ride-hailing service should be fingerprinted. Drivers are already fingerprinted in New York City, and …