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News Story
4/25/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Uber will debut its first “flying cars” by 2020, the ride-hailing company said Tuesday, an aggressive plan aimed at ushering in a future where workers make their daily commutes by air. Uber plans to demo the futuristic vehicles in Dallas-Fort Worth and Dubai within three years, the company...
News Story
3/30/2017
Posted by Connor
A driver turns left across multiple lanes at an intersection. Traffic obscures his or her view. An oncoming car approaches unseen. A collision occurs. That’s a scenario that’s all too common among the estimated 6.3 million traffic crashes that take place each year on U.S. roads, and it’s the same one that resulted in a collision...
News Story
3/30/2017
Posted by Connor
  Even if Uber's latest autonomous automobile accident is a timely reminder that we're still some way off truly self-driving cars, a new Harris Poll gauging the opinions of 3,000 U.S. drivers finds that most people are already dreaming about what to do with all the spare time they'll have when their cars are capable of driving...
News Story
3/30/2017
Posted by Connor
A newly released Tempe, Ariz., police report sheds light on last week’s crash involving Uber Technologies Inc.’s self-driving vehicle, revealing that the sport-utility vehicle was hit after entering an intersection on a yellow light. Police had already ruled that Uber’s vehicle, which the company has said was in...
News Story
3/28/2017
Posted by Connor
  PHOENIX (AP) — A crash that caused an Uber self-driving SUV to flip onto its side in a Phoenix suburb serves as a stark reminder of the challenges surrounding autonomous vehicles in Arizona, a state that has gone all-in to entice the company by promising minimal government regulation. Friday night's crash was blamed on the driver...
News Story
3/28/2017
Posted by Connor
Uber's self-driving cars are on the road again, just a few days after one of their Volvo SUVs overturned following an intersection crash in Tempe, Arizona. Uber paused the program after the accident last week but quickly put its cars back on the road in San Francisco Monday and said it would return to the streets of Tempe and Pittsburgh later...
News Release
3/27/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – A crash involving an Uber robot car in Arizona shows the need for Uber to take the Safe Autonomous Vehicles (SAVe) Campaign pledge and agree to accept responsibility when one of its self-driving cars causes a crash, Consume Watchdog said today. The nonpartisan, nonprofit public interest group also called on Uber to release...
News Story
3/10/2017
Posted by Connor
SAN FRANCISCO (CN) – The California Department of Motor Vehicles issued a permit for self-driving cars to Uber Wednesday, representing yet another step toward diffusing the strident battle the ride-hail giant fought against its home state last December. The permit will allow for the testing of two driverless vehicles – 2017 Volvo XC90s...
News Story
3/9/2017
Posted by Connor
Uber's self-driving cars will return to California's streets, though the ride-hailing company doesn't immediately plan to pick up passengers. Uber received a permit Wednesday to test two Volvo SUVs on public roads, the California Department of Motor Vehicles said. Regulators also approved 48 people as backup drivers who must sit behind...
News Story
3/9/2017
Posted by Connor
Hammered for months over a variety of ethical and legal slips, ride-sharing giant Uber appears to be taking steps to soften its macho corporate image while also being more cooperative with regulators. Forced out of San Francisco last December after refusing to get the requisite state permit for its autonomous vehicle test drive program, Uber is...