Anthony Levandowski, the controversial former Google engineer at the center of the major lawsuit between Uber and Waymo over trade secrets last year, is the subject of a new extensive, scathing, head-spinning story featured in this month’s New Yorker. One of the many incredible details is an alleged crash where Levandowski took a self-driving car where it wasn’t meant to go, resulting in a Google exec getting severely injured.
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Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has said that he’ll pull out of a conference in Saudi Arabia called the Future Investment Initiative. The conference, known informally as Davos in the Desert, has become a focal point for people upset about the October 2 disappearance of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, believed to have been murdered in the Saudi consulate in Turkey at the behest of the Saudi government.
Uber will pay a $US148 million ($204 million) fine as part of a settlement reached with US state law enforcement officials over allegations it attempted to conceal a 2016 data breach affecting millions of its users, the company said.
Futuristic headlines here in the year 2018 might make you ask “why?” But back in the 1950s, illustrators in Detroit were asking “why not?” And perhaps nothing demonstrates that thinking better than this comic strip from 1958 by Arthur Radebaugh.
Uber announced it was “getting serious about safety” in April — just shy of a decade since Uber was founded — and pointed to a number of forthcoming features that would support that declaration.
On Wednesday, CEO Dara Khosrowshahi asserted in a blog post that the company was “raising the bar on safety” with another round of new safety updates. Unfortunately, it looks as though Australians might not be able to enjoy them.
UberPool has been live in Sydney for awhile now, and it launched in Melbourne back in June. But I hadn't actually tried it until recently. This is mostly because of surge pricing and some not-great experiences in the past, so I was disillusioned with the company.
Also, I'm a weird loner whose anxiety flares up at the prospect of making potential small talk with presumably normal people.
But then I saw how cheap it was and decided to take a punt...
As an Uber driver, you have to deal with low wages, an uncertain future, and the possibility of getting yelled at by the company’s billionaire founder. There’s also the more common issue of drunk people puking in your back seat. But a news report claims passengers in Miami are getting hit with fees even after they kept their puke to themselves, a practice called “vomit fraud”.
Earlier this week, ridesharing giant Uber's Chief People Officer Liane Hornsey resigned under allegations that she systematically shot down internal complaints about racial discrimination within the company — indicating at least some prior concerns about a toxic company culture of wild abandon during the tenure of former CEO Travis Kalanick have continued under his successor, Dara Khosrowshahi.
Ride-hailing giant Uber is planning to merge with its competition in the Middle East, though unlike prior deals in Southeast Asia, China and Russia, it says it will remain in control of the merged entity.
For all its faults, the 'gig economy' has opened up an instant, fuss-free revenue stream for thousands of Aussie motorists. By far the most popular option is the ride-sharing service Uber, which recently entered its sixth year in Australia.
If you want to become an UberX driver, here's everything you'll need to get started.
Ride-sharing giant Uber, which lost its licence to operate in its millions-strong London market in September 2017 amid a Transport for London (TfL) ruling the company was "not fit and proper to hold a private operator licence", has won at least a temporary reprieve in its battle against UK regulators.