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Teen Runaway Saved From Prostitution —by Uber Driver

He got suspicious after picking her up along with 2 women

(Newser) - A California Uber driver played a big part in a holiday miracle Monday night after picking up a 16-year-old girl and two women in Elk Grove. He got suspicious after the women, who cops say are pimps, started telling the scantily-clad teen what would happen when they got to their... More »

Self-Driving Truck Delivers Self-Driving Cars to Arizona

They were banned from Calif. roads

(Newser) - Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Friday welcomed the arrival of a fleet of Uber self-driving cars delivered via a self-driving truck that transported them from California. Ducey's office says the governor welcomed the truck carrying the self-driving Volvos at the State Capitol in Phoenix. Uber announced Thursday that it... More »

California on Uber's Self-Driving Cars: Um, No

State says company doesn't have proper test permits

(Newser) - California has put the brakes on Uber's weeklong experiment with self-driving cars on the streets of San Francisco. Regulators revoked the registrations of the vehicles Uber had been using on its hometown roads after the failure of a week of talks between the state and the ride-hailing company, reports... More »

Uber Records 'Eye-Popping' Loss

Company is on course to lose $3B for year

(Newser) - Uber is fast establishing itself as a modern, 21st-century way to lose a lot of money, according to the latest financial results. Bloomberg reports that the company's losses have been "eye-popping" this year, with an $800 million loss in the third quarter bringing total losses to at least... More »

Uber Drivers Plead With Airport for a Little Relief

They'd like a port-a-potty at JFK

(Newser) - Add this to the growing list of Uber controversies: drivers peeing into plastic bottles. Vocativ reports that fed-up Uber drivers in New York City are tired of improvising when forced to answer nature's call. A union representing them has begun an online petition calling on JFK International Airport to... More »

Uber Won't Back Down on Self-Driving Cars

California threatens legal action

(Newser) - Uber's self-driving cars will keep ferrying passengers around San Francisco, the ride-hailing company said Friday—a few hours before state prosecutors threatened to haul Uber before a judge if the service is not suspended immediately. In a sharply worded letter, attorneys with the California's Department of Justice demanded... More »

Uber on Driverless Car Infraction: Blame the Human

Company is in talks with California regulators

(Newser) - Negotiations over whether Uber must stop its newly launched self-driving car service in San Francisco have concluded without a clear resolution, according to California transportation regulators. The state has threatened legal action if the ride-hailing company continues to pick up passengers without the correct permit, the AP reports. Uber says... More »

Uber's Self-Driving Cars Hit SF, One Promptly Runs Red Light

But it says a driver was operating it at the time

(Newser) - Uber rolled out self-driving car service in San Francisco Wednesday and it did not go smoothly. Within hours, the California Department of Motor Vehicles ordered the company to halt the service, saying it was breaking the law because it didn't have the necessary testing permit to "operate its... More »

Uber Employees Allegedly Use Data to Stalk Exes, Celebs

Former employees warn of less-than-secure customer data

(Newser) - Uber employees are being accused of using customer data to track "high profile politicians, celebrities, and even ... ex-boyfriends/girlfriends and ex-spouses," NBC News reports. That quote comes from a lawsuit filed by Ward Spangenberg in October but first reported by Reveal this week. The former forensic investigator at Uber... More »

Voice of AOL's 'You've Got Mail' Now an Uber Driver

And he'll say the iconic phrase for you if you ask real nice

(Newser) - A California woman stumbled upon a voice from the past during a trip to Ohio when she discovered her Uber driver was the man behind America Online's famous "You've Got Mail" greeting. Brandee Barker was in the Cleveland area over the weekend for the presidential campaign when... More »

Think Rideshares Minimize Racism? Study: Think Again

It's not just taxi drivers who pick up fewer African-Americans

(Newser) - Research has suggested that Uber and the like are helping to alleviate some of the discrimination that runs rampant among taxi drivers—but a new study involving roughly 1,500 trips in Seattle and Boston may be casting some rain on that parade. Published by the National Bureau of Economic... More »

Cops: Uber Driver Assaulted Unconscious Passenger

Westagne Pierre is charged with kidnapping in Maryland

(Newser) - Police say an Uber driver is facing kidnapping and assault charges after taking an unconscious female passenger to a Maryland hotel. Prince George's County Police said Uber driver Westagne Pierre, 29, picked up a female passenger at a bar in the District of Columbia and took her to a... More »

Self-Driving Truck Makes Beer Delivery

Otto truck traveled 120 miles through Colorado

(Newser) - It was a beer run like no other: Anheuser-Busch says it has completed the world's first commercial shipment by self-driving truck , sending a beer-filled tractor-trailer on a journey of more than 120 miles through Colorado, the AP reports. The company says it teamed with self-driving truck-maker Otto and the... More »

An Uber Headache? 2 Drivers Awarded Unemployment

Which means the NY Labor Department considers them employees

(Newser) - Uber has been fighting tooth and nail to keep its drivers classified as independent contractors rather than employees, with success . Now, a speed bump in New York: The state's Department of Labor in August and September ruled that two Uber drivers are eligible for unemployment payments, the New York ... More »

More Victims of Ex-Uber, Lyft Driver Reported

Jeremy Vague was one teen victim's volleyball coach

(Newser) - Police in Southern California say a 14-year-old girl and another female ridesharing customer were reportedly victimized by a man charged with assaulting several women while driving for Uber and Lyft. Escondido police Lt. Justin Murphy said Thursday that the teen's parent said Jeremy Vague had inappropriate contact with the... More »

2 Bills Players Miss Team Bus, Catch an Uber to Stadium

Jerry Hughes, Zach Brown document escapade on Instagram

(Newser) - What to do when your team bus leaves without you? For two members of the Buffalo Bills, Uber provided the answer on Sunday, reports the AP . Linebacker Jerry Hughes posted a video on Instagram showing him and linebacker Zach Brown in a car, supposedly en route to M&T Bank... More »

Google to Launch New Ride-Share Service: Report

It'll target commuters in SF, is based on Waze: WSJ

(Newser) - There's about to be a new ride-sharing service in town—at least in San Francisco. Google will soon launch a carpooling service in the city using its Waze app, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The company has been using employees of Google, Adobe, and Walmart to test... More »

Free Uber Rides Coming to Pittsburgh—Without Drivers

Company testing autonomous vehicles with 'safety' humans behind the wheel

(Newser) - If you're in Pittsburgh over the next few weeks and see a Ford Fusion cruise by with a driver who doesn't seem to be doing much behind the wheel, you may be witnessing one of Uber's new self-driving cars. Even though many analysts have said the advent... More »

Woman Raises Cash for Her Uber Driver to Watch Son in Rio

Ellis Hill is scheduled to fly to Rio next week

(Newser) - Ellis Hill's son is competing in shot put in the Rio Olympics next week—and thanks to one of Hill's Uber passengers, Hill will be there to watch him do it. Hill was driving Liz Willock from the Philadelphia airport to her hotel last week when Willock mentioned... More »

Uber Is Making Its Own Maps

The company will spend $500 million

(Newser) - In an apparent effort to lessen its reliance on Google Maps, rideshare company Uber will be "doubling down on our investment in mapping." That amounts to pumping $500 million into an "ambitious global mapping project," the Financial Times reports. Uber has already unleashed mapping vehicles in... More »

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