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Uber Not Liable in Self-Driving Crash That Killed Woman

But the driver could still face charges over fatal crash in Arizona last year

(Newser) - An Arizona prosecutor has determined that Uber isn't criminally liable in a crash last year in which one of its self-driving SUVs fatally struck a pedestrian in suburban Phoenix. But it's not known whether prosecutors are considering charges against the driver in the March 18 crash in Tempe... More »

Lyft's IPO Stats: Fast Growth, Big Losses

Company will be going public in March or April

(Newser) - Lyft got the ball rolling Friday on what the Wall Street Journal expects will be one of the busiest seasons for tech IPOs in years. Lyft won't actually go public until late March or early April, but it released its IPO documentation to give the public a glimpse into... More »

Uber Driver Reports Would-Be Bank Robbers

They also called an Uber for a getaway

(Newser) - Things did not work out well for three Oklahoma City teenagers who allegedly planned to rob a bank—using Uber as transportation. Police say the Uber driver who took the teens to the bank Tuesday afternoon called authorities after hearing one of them say he had a gun and was... More »

A Self-Driving Uber Killed Her. Her Family Targets Where She Died

$10M claim says city of Tempe, Ariz., had brick path that encouraged people to jaywalk

(Newser) - Family members of the first American killed by an autonomous Uber vehicle have settled with Uber itself, but now they're going after an Arizona city for the homeless woman's death. Per the Arizona Republic , Elaine Herzberg, 49, was killed March 18, 2018, in Tempe by an Uber Volvo... More »

Uber Driver Who Shot 8 Makes Surprise Guilty Plea

Jason Dalton killed 6 in Michigan rampage

(Newser) - A Michigan man charged with killing six strangers between picking up rides for Uber pleaded guilty to murder on Monday, just before attorneys were set to interview jurors for his trial. Jason Dalton's surprise move came about three years after the shootings, which occurred over the course of a... More »

Report: Ride-Hailing Firm Plans a Huge Change

Uber could issue IPO in early 2019

(Newser) - Ride-hailing giant Uber has filed confidential preliminary paperwork for selling stock to the public, the AP reports. That's according to a report late Friday in the Wall Street Journal . Citing people familiar with the matter whom it did not identify, the Journal says San Francisco-based Uber Technologies Inc. filed... More »

Lance Armstrong's $100K Uber Investment Went Wild

Disgraced cyclist says pumping cash into ride-sharing company 'saved our family'

(Newser) - It's expensive being Lance Armstrong , especially after his endorsements fell by the wayside and he was hit with various lawsuits as a result of his doping scandal. It could have been devastatingly expensive, in fact, except for the one thing the elite cyclist says "saved our family": an... More »

Feds: Uber Driver Charged Woman $1K for Ride From Hell

He could face life in prison for kidnapping

(Newser) - An Uber driver in New York could get up to life in prison for the nightmarish ride he gave a woman earlier this year. Federal prosecutors say Harbir Parmar picked the woman up the night of Feb. 21 to drive her from Manhattan to her home in White Plains, about... More »

Uber CEO to Saudi Arabia: I'm Not Going to Your Conference

Dara Khosrowshahi says he won't attend after disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

(Newser) - "Davos in the Desert" just found out it will be short at least one more speaker. Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi says he's canceling plans to go to Saudi Arabia's Future Investment Initiative conference in Riyadh after the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi , who was last seen entering... More »

With 7 Suicides This Year in NYC, a 'Crisis' for Drivers

Taxi drivers, ride-sharing drivers face mounting debt, longer hours, too much competition

(Newser) - This year, seven for-hire drivers have committed suicide in New York City. The most recent, Fausto Luna, was an Uber driver who jumped in front of a train at a Manhattan subway station Sept. 26, ABC 7 reports. The other six were yellow cab taxi drivers or drivers for livery... More »

Man Looking for Uber Fatally Punched

He banged on the window of the wrong vehicle

(Newser) - A Florida man visiting New York City for a wedding was fatally punched by a stranger after knocking on the window of the wrong vehicle, police say. Family members believe Boca Raton resident Sandor Szabo ordered an Uber from the hotel his brother was staying in in Queens to his... More »

Some Uber Drivers Have a Sick Way of Making Extra Cash

It's known as 'vomit fraud'

(Newser) - If you lose your lunch in an Uber, it's only fair that you pay for the cleanup. But many users of the rideshare service say they were charged steep cleaning fees (ostensibly so drivers can have their cars professionally cleaned) even though they didn't make a mess. So-called... More »

Uber Driver Was Streaming The Voice Before Fatal Crash

'Safety driver' in self-driving vehicle could face charges in Arizona

(Newser) - "Entirely avoidable." That's what police in Tempe, Arizona, have concluded about the fatal crash involving a self-driving Uber car and a pedestrian in March. One big reason? Police say the person in the car who was supposed to be providing a safety check was streaming The Voice... More »

6th Driver Suicide in Months Shakes NYC Taxi Industry

'Something has to change'

(Newser) - After driving a taxi in New York City for 30 years, 59-year-old Abdul Saleh ended up hanging himself in his rented room after finding himself $300 short of his car lease payment. Saleh is the sixth taxi driver to kill himself in the city in recent months, CBS News reports,... More »

Uber May Detect Drunk Riders in Advance

Patent application would allow it to crunch data from ride request

(Newser) - Keeping your drunkenness a secret from your Uber driver might be impossible in a future world, no matter how much silence emanates from the backseat. A patent application shows that Uber may be interested in trying to figure out whether potential passengers are drunk by analyzing everything from typos in... More »

Cops: Uber Driver Killed Passenger During Ride

Michael Hancock arrested after shooting in Denver

(Newser) - Police in Denver say an Uber driver fatally shot his passenger—while they were driving on a local interstate. Michael A. Hancock, 29, has been arrested for investigation of first-degree murder, reports CBS Denver . Police say Hancock and his unidentified male passenger got into some kind of a dispute about... More »

Crucial System Was Off in Fatal Self-Driving Uber Crash

Preliminary NTSB report is out on crash that killed pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona

(Newser) - The self-driving Uber vehicle that hit and killed an Arizona pedestrian in March had its emergency braking system disabled, according to a preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board released Thursday. Per the report, the self-driving system also failed in identifying the woman, Reuters reports, first classifying her as... More »

Uber Was Killing His Livelihood, So He Killed Himself

'New York Magazine' looks at the rise and fall of Doug Schifter

(Newser) - "I will not be a slave working for chump change. I would rather be dead." So read a line in the suicide note left by Doug Schifter, a 61-year-old who had for four decades driven cabs and black cars in New York City and who in February took... More »

Uber CEO Vows to 'Do the Right Thing' With Newest Move

San Francisco company will allow court action, public airing of sexual assault allegations

(Newser) - Uber will give its US passengers and drivers more leeway to pursue claims of sexual misconduct, its latest attempt to shed its reputation for brushing aside bad behavior, reports the AP . The shift announced Tuesday will allow riders and drivers to file allegations of rape, sexual assault, and harassment in... More »

Report: Self-Driving Uber Detected, Ignored Pedestrian

It was set not to react to 'false positives'

(Newser) - Uber's self-driving technology detected a pedestrian before a deadly crash in Arizona earlier this year but didn't react quickly enough because it had been set to ignore "false positives," the Information reports, citing "two people briefed on the matter." The sources say the vehicle'... More »

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