Car Tech

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In a damning letter released today, a former Uber employee, Richard Jacobs, claims that the company engaged in several illegal practices, including hacking, trade secret theft and surveillance - all in an effort to emerge at the top of the competitive ride-hailing market.

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For years, Uber systemically scraped data from competing ride-hailing companies all over the world, harvesting information about their technology, drivers, and executives. Uber gathered information from these firms using automated collection systems that ran constantly, amassing millions of records, and sometimes conducted physical surveillance to complement its data collection.

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In Elon Musk's version of a high-wire juggling act, there's a new semi to build, a new Roadster, the Model Y, a Hyperloop system on the US east coast, tunnels in LA, a space company to run, and 450,000 orders for the Model 3 to fulfil. On Wednesday, the Tesla CEO added another item to the list: a new high-speed transit system to connect the City of Chicago with O'Hare Airport. Why not.

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California regulators have shot down what appeared to have been a very ill-advised plan to let self-driving car manufacturers dodge liability for crashes if the cars weren't maintained to industry-written specifications, the Associated Press reported. No such maintenance requirements exist for standard human-driven vehicles, and the California Department of Motor Vehicles was only considering the proposal after it was suggested by General Motors.