Waymo approved for Level-4 paid taxi service: Direct Uber competition

Waymo approved for Level-4 paid taxi service: Direct Uber competition

By Mike “Mish” Shedlock Waymo’s fully autonomous, no backup human driver taxi service has been approved for commercial purposes in Phoenix. The Arizona Department of Transportation approved Waymo for a commercial self-driving car service, the first fully autonomous license in the country. Riders in Arizona will be able to be picked up and dropped off by […]

The end of the road for American truckers is coming into view

The end of the road for American truckers is coming into view

From Technocracy News One-third of America’s $700 billion trucking industry goes to compensate drivers, providing a rich target for Technocrats. UPS, for instance, has increasingly moved from being a trucking company that uses technology, to being a technology company that has some trucks. About 3.5 million people are employed in the U.S. trucking industry. ⁃ TN Editor […]

Austin forced out Uber and Lyft – now they’re paying the price

Austin forced out Uber and Lyft – now they’re paying the price

From FEE More than a year ago, Uber and Lyft warned the city council of Austin that if they passed a package of burdensome fingerprinting requirements for ridesharing companies, Austinites might be left without options. The sponsor of the regulation, Ann Kitchen, issued a sharp rebuke. “To threaten to leave, simply because we are trying […]

Uber sends self-driving cars to Arizona after failed San Francisco pilot

Uber sends self-driving cars to Arizona after failed San Francisco pilot

From The Mercury News The day after California regulators shut down Uber’s self-driving car program in San Francisco, Uber last week packed up its autonomous vehicles and hauled them to Arizona, vowing to resume testing there. The move was a quick rebound by Uber after its pilot program in San Francisco fell apart after just one week. Instead of […]

Taxi versus Uber: The regulations, the people, the money and the future

Taxi versus Uber: The regulations, the people, the money and the future

From NCPA The ride-hailing service Uber is only six years old, yet it has already inspired a host of imitators, such as Lyft, Wingz and Taxify. It has also sparked fierce opposition from the taxi industry, which is being undercut by Uber’s business model. How Taxis Cornered the Ride-sharing Market. When motor cars became widespread early in the 20th […]

Uber to launch nation’s first driverless ride-share service in Pittsburgh

Uber to launch nation’s first driverless ride-share service in Pittsburgh

Uber on Thursday unveiled plans to unleash a fleet of driverless cars in Pittsburgh by the end of the month as the company prepares to launch the country’s first autonomous ride-sharing service. The announcement was accompanied by confirmation of a $300 million deal with Swedish automotive giant Volvo, who in turn will provide Uber with […]

Tucson police out in force for Fourth of July

Tucson police out in force for Fourth of July

By SoAzNewsX The Tucson Police Department Impaired Driver Enforcement Unit will have increased DUI enforcement efforts this weekend as part of the Southern Arizona DUI Task Force. This year, the department announced the Southern Arizona DUI Task Force has created a partnership with Uber (a ride-share service) aimed at providing a safe transportation Beginning Friday, […]

Austin, Texas voters send Uber packing

Austin, Texas voters send Uber packing

By Danedri Herbert / Heartland Institute Voters in Austin, Texas rejected a ballot initiative proposing to roll back the city’s tough regulations on popular peer-to-peer economy transportation network companies (TNC) connecting drivers and riders, such as Uber. In 2014, the Austin City Council enacted a temporary ordinance allowing individuals to use those services until more permanent […]

How Uber is changing drug dealing

How Uber is changing drug dealing

By Brian Anderson / Motherboard Erik* had been driving for Uber for over a year when it happened. To that point, almost every trip Erik logged on the ride-hailing platform was destination-to-destination, with the occasional passenger dropped off along the way. But one night in 2015 was different. It started as any other pickup would in […]

Is Elizabeth Warren a Luddite (or does she simply belong in France)?

Is Elizabeth Warren a Luddite (or does she simply belong in France)?

By Mike “Mish” Shedlock Elizabeth Warren is on the attack. She is furious with Uber and Lyft, two companies that not only provide fast, cheap transportation for the masses, but also provide an opportunity for millions to shed their cars, reducing traffic congestion and greenhouse gasses. Even though these companies tend to provide second part-time […]