The race for who will take the lead in the next generation of automotive technology is on, and today Uber is kicking off a program that it hopes will help put it in pole position. Today, the transportation-on-demand behemoth is launching a new electric car service in the UK, in partnership with Nissan and China’s BYD, where it will offer leasing (not purchasing) options for… Read More technology newsRead more
Uber’s self-driving cars will hit the road this month, earlier than anticipated. That’s an exciting surprise…unless of course you’re a driver. They won’t be the only ones affected, though. The consequences of robot-induced unemployment could eventually ripple through the rest of the economy. What will happen to Uber’s 1 million drivers? And the 3.5… Read More technology newsRead more
Uber gets 17.7% stake in Didi Chuxing; the two CEOs will serve on each other’s board. sci tech newsRead more
When booking a ride with Uber, you know approximately how much you’ll pay in the end, but not the exact amount. That’s going to change soon: On Thursday, Uber announced it’s expanding its upfront fares globally, meaning you’ll know the exact price before you request your ride.
Uber initially launched upfront fares with uberPool in 2014, and the company has since been slowly expanding the feature to uberX in some cities in the U.S. as well as India.
“Upfront fares are calculated using the expected time and distance of the trip and local traffic, as well as how many riders and nearby drivers are using Uber at that moment,” Uber product managers Arundhati Singh and Dennis Zhao wrote in a press release. Read more…
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Recently, I wrote about Wyper, the Tinder of car shopping. That prompted Andy Kim, co-founder of Wype, to contact me. His business is one letter off from Wyper, after all, so in the interest of disambiguation, here’s the scoop on the car-detailing company that is more like Uber than Tinder in the app comparison game. Wype is based in Southern California, where cars are shiny and water… Read More Syndicated from TechCrunchRead more
The Taliban leader had just been picked up in a private Taxi (like the service Uber and Lyft provide) whenRead more