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Uber & Lyft Preparing to Suspend Their Ride-Hailing Service in California Over Labor Dispute

Uber & Lyft Preparing to Suspend Their Ride-Hailing Service in California Over Labor Dispute

​As of midnight tonight, ride-hailing company Lyft will suspend its California ride-hailing operations, and its bigger rival Uber will likely follow, leaving thousands of people without the on-demand transportation they’ve come to rely on for for the first time in over seven years. The move is a result of California's Assembly Bill 5, which went into effect on Jan 1, 2020 and requires ride-hailing companies to classify drivers as employees.

Jeremy Carlton2020-08-20 11:55 PT

Lyft is Providing Protective Shields to its Drivers for Added Safety During the Pandemic

Lyft is Providing Protective Shields to its Drivers for Added Safety During the Pandemic

San Francisco-based ride-sharing company Lyft is providing its drivers with shields, which are designed to partition the vehicle to limit the chances of virus exposure for the rear seat passengers and driver.

Eric Walz2020-07-17 09:00 PT

Self-Driving Startup Aurora Debuts its New Long-Range Lidar Called 'FirstLight'

Self-Driving Startup Aurora Debuts its New Long-Range Lidar Called 'FirstLight'

Self-driving technology startup Aurora announced today its new in-house developed lidar system for its driverless vehicles. The lidar sensor is called "FirstLight" and it can see and track objects more quickly and from further away than other lidar sensors.

Eric Walz2020-07-08 16:00 PT

Uber Buys Rival Postmates for $2.65 Billion as its Core Ride-Hailing Business Stumbles

Uber Buys Rival Postmates for $2.65 Billion as its Core Ride-Hailing Business Stumbles

Ride-sharing company Uber Technologies Inc is looking to extend its reach beyond the food delivery and ride-hailing business. The San Francisco-based company announced today the acquisition of Uber Eats division rival Postmates in a $2.65 billion all-stock deal.

Eric Walz2020-07-06 13:00 PT

Toyota’s Annual Governance Reports Reveals That it Holds a $293 Million Stake In Uber

Toyota’s Annual Governance Reports Reveals That it Holds a $293 Million Stake In Uber

Toyota’s latest corporate governance report was released on Wednesday and it revealed that the automaker holds a $293 million stake in ride-hailing giant Uber Technologies Inc. Toyota said it held 10.25 million shares valued at 31.15 billion yen ($292.46 million) as of March 30, 2020.

Derrick Smith2020-06-24 11:00 PT

Ride-Hailing Company Lyft Vows to Switch to Fully-Electric Vehicles by 2030

Ride-Hailing Company Lyft Vows to Switch to Fully-Electric Vehicles by 2030

San Francisco-based company Lyft Inc. said on Wednesday that every vehicle on its ride-hailing and rental car platform will be fully-electric by 2030.

FutureCar Staff 2020-06-17 14:30 PT

General Motors Shutters its Peer-to-Peer Car-Sharing Unit Maven

General Motors Shutters its Peer-to-Peer Car-Sharing Unit Maven

General Motors has shuttered its car-sharing platform Maven, which allowed GM owners to share their vehicle as a short-term rental, earning a little extra income in the process. The automaker said it would transfer the Maven assets and resources to its Global Innovation group, which is GM’s incubator for new mobility ideas and technology.

Eric Walz2020-04-22 11:00 PT

Exor to Invest $200 million for a 9% Stake in Ride-Hailing Company Via Transportation

Exor to Invest $200 million for a 9% Stake in Ride-Hailing Company Via Transportation

New York City-based on-demand and shared transportation provider Via announced it received a $200 million investment from Exor, the holding company of Italy’s Agnelli family, the business dynasty founded by Giovanni Agnelli, one of the original founders of Italian automaker Fiat.

Eric Walz2020-03-30 10:40 PT

Former Head of Google’s Self-Driving Car Project Pleads Guilty to Stealing Trade Secrets

Former Head of Google’s Self-Driving Car Project Pleads Guilty to Stealing Trade Secrets

In one of the biggest cases involving the theft of intellectual property in Silicon Valley in recent memory, Anthony Levandowski, the former head engineer of Google’s self-driving car project, has agreed to plead guilty for stealing trade secrets from the technology giant and using them to launch his own self-driving truck startup Ottomotto.

Eric Walz2020-03-20 10:00 PT

Waymo, Others Stop Testing Self-Driving Cars on California Roads Due to the Coronavirus

Waymo, Others Stop Testing Self-Driving Cars on California Roads Due to the Coronavirus

After Alphabet subsidiary Waymo announced it was cancelling its autonomous vehicles testing using drivers on Tuesday, other notable Bay Area companies, including Uber, Cruise and Pony.ai have followed suit and suspended their operations that normally rely on safety drivers behind the wheel to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.

FutureCar Staff 2020-03-18 04:00 PT

Ride-Hailing Company Lyft Buys U.S. Digital Advertising Startup Halo Cars

Ride-Hailing Company Lyft Buys U.S. Digital Advertising Startup Halo Cars

Ride-hailing company Lyft has bought U.S.-based startup Halo Cars, which allows drivers to make money through digital advertisements displayed on top of their vehicles. Lyft confirmed the deal but did not comment on the financing of the deal.

FutureCar Staff 2020-02-21 19:00 PT

Myle Technologies Launches its Ride-Hailing Service New York City to Compete with Uber & Lyft

Myle Technologies Launches its Ride-Hailing Service New York City to Compete with Uber & Lyft

A new on-demand transportation company called Myle Technologies is moving into Uber’s space and launching a ride-hailing service today in the five boroughs of New York, enabling customers to get picked up by the nearest taxi.

Eric Walz2020-02-19 11:00 PT

Hyundai S-A1 Flying Taxi Could Help Uber Go Airborne by 2023

Hyundai S-A1 Flying Taxi Could Help Uber Go Airborne by 2023

Unveiled at this year’s CES show in Las Vegas, the Hyundai S-A1 flying taxi has been jointly developed by Uber and Hyundai and could ferry up to four passengers at altitudes of up to 2,000 feet.

Vineeth Joel Patel2020-01-12 06:00 PT

Uber, Distracted Driver Cited for Fatal Crash in Arizona Claims NTSB

Uber, Distracted Driver Cited for Fatal Crash in Arizona Claims NTSB

The National Transportation Safety Board recently issued its findings into what caused the fatal accident involving one of Uber’s autonomous vehicles and a pedestrian in 2018.

Vineeth Joel Patel2019-12-01 15:00 PT

Didi Chuxing to Trial Luxury Ride-Hailing Service with Tesla & Mercedes Benz Vehicles

Didi Chuxing to Trial Luxury Ride-Hailing Service with Tesla & Mercedes Benz Vehicles

Didi Chuxing, often referred to as the “Uber of China” plans to launch a pilot ride-hailing service in Japan using luxury cars from Tesla and Mercedes Benz the company said.

Eric Walz2019-11-19 11:45 PT

Lyft is Encouraging People to Sell Their Vehicles for Ride-hailing Credit

Lyft is Encouraging People to Sell Their Vehicles for Ride-hailing Credit

Ride-hailing company Lyft is partnering with online used auto retailer Carvana to get people to ditch their cars. Residents of New York, Chicago or San Francisco who trade in and sell their vehicles on Carvana’s platform will receive $250 in Lyft credit along with a three months of free membership in Lyft’s monthly subscription service Pink.

Eric Walz2019-11-07 10:45 PT

Uber Reports $1.2 Billion Loss in Q3, CEO Says the Company Will Be Profitable by 2021

Uber Reports $1.2 Billion Loss in Q3, CEO Says the Company Will Be Profitable by 2021

Ride-hailing giant Uber Technologies Inc. reported a net loss of over $1 billion in the third quarter. While its not as bad as last quarter’s loss of $5.2 billion​, the company is still a long way from reaching profitability.

FutureCar Staff 2019-11-04 15:45 PT

Waymo is Offering Robotaxi Pickups in Arizona with No Safety Driver Behind the Wheel

Waymo is Offering Robotaxi Pickups in Arizona with No Safety Driver Behind the Wheel

After announcing earlier this month that its would remove some safety drivers from its vehicles, Waymo CEO John Krafcik confirmed the company is now offering limited “rider-only” trips in Phoenix, Arizona without a safety driver behind the wheel.

Eric Walz2019-10-28 11:45 PT

Apple’s Hometown to Launch On-Demand Public Transit Service in Partnership With Via

Apple’s Hometown to Launch On-Demand Public Transit Service in Partnership With Via

The city of Cupertino, California, which is the home of tech giant Apple, is launching a new on-demand public transit system together with on-demand transportation company Via. New York-based Via is working to reinvent public transit from a rigid system of fixed routes and schedules to a dynamic, on-demand network similar to how people hail a ride with Uber of Lyft.

Eric Walz2019-10-07 11:25 PT

Ride-Hailing Giant Uber Posts $5 Billion Loss as Growth Slows

Ride-Hailing Giant Uber Posts $5 Billion Loss as Growth Slows

Uber reported a Q2 loss of $5.2 billion on Thursday as growth of its core business slows. Uber reported that its revenue growth slowed to 14%, and the company’s core ride-hailing business grew revenue 2% to $2.3 billion.

FutureCar Staff 2019-08-08 15:10 PT

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