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US Man Starts ‘Amish Uber’ With Horse and Buggy

An Amish resident of the Colon village in Michigan has launched his own ride-sharing service with his horse and buggy, and he’s calling it “Amish Uber.” Read More >>

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Uber’s Turning One of its Cars Into a ‘Travelling Venue’ for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Tomorrow sees the start of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and for the next three and a half weeks the Scottish capital will transform into a hub of performance art. Most people also know it for the amount of stand-up comedy it produces, and this year Uber is getting in on the festivities. It's turning one of its cars into the city's 'smallest travelling venue'. Read More >>

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Uber’s ‘Vomit Fraud’ Sounds Worse Than Surge Pricing

As an Uber driver, you have to deal with low wages, an uncertain future, and the possibility of getting yelled at by the company’s billionaire founder. There’s also the more common issue of drunk people puking in your back seat. But a news report claims passengers in the US city of Miami, Florida are getting hit with fees even after they kept their puke to themselves, a practice called “vomit fraud.” Read More >>

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A Driver for Uber and Lyft Covertly Streamed Hundreds of Rides on Twitch Without Rider Consent

In the past few months, wannabe online video stars have filmed themselves doing a suicide bomb “prank” at university and spreading a fake rumour about a mass shooting at a Disney resort. They have also landed themselves in court for things as varied as feeding toothpaste-filled Oreos to a homeless man and shooting their significant other through a book in a stunt gone hopelessly wrong. Read More >>

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London Cabbies Plan £1bn Legal Attack on Uber

Sources close to the Licensed Taxi Drivers Association – London's black cab driver union – claim the organisation is getting ready to hit the big time by launching a legal case against Uber to the tune of more than £1bn if successful. Read More >>

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Uber Now Runs Real-Time Background Checks on Drivers

Uber has begun running constant background checks on its drivers so that the company can know immediately if a driver is charged with a crime. Read More >>

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After Resignation of HR Chief, Yet Another Uber Exec Faces Allegations of Discriminatory Behaviour

Earlier this week, ridesharing giant Uber’s Chief People Officer Liane Hornsey resigned under allegations that she systematically shot down internal complaints about racial discrimination within the company — indicating at least some prior concerns about a toxic company culture of wild abandon during the tenure of former CEO Travis Kalanick have continued under his successor, Dara Khosrowshahi. Per a New York Times report on Friday, fellow top executive Chief Operating Officer Barney Harford is now attracting attention for allegations he too made a less than stellar impression on Uber’s female and minority workers. Read More >>

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Uber May Be Planning Merger With Middle Eastern Competitor Careem, Insists This Merger Is Different

Ride-hailing giant Uber is planning to merge with its competition in the Middle East, though unlike prior deals in Southeast Asia, China, and Russia, it says it will remain in control of the merged entity. Read More >>

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Uber Regains Temporary License to Operate in London After Promising to Stop Being Terrible

Ride-sharing giant Uber, which lost its license to operate in its millions-strong London market in September 2017 amid a Transport for London (TfL) ruling the company was “not fit and proper to hold a private operator license,” has won at least a temporary reprieve in its battle against UK regulators. Read More >>

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A Judge is Considering Giving Uber a ‘Probationary’ London Operating Licence

Yesterday Uber made its first appearance in court, as part of what was expected to be long appeal over the state of its operating licence in London - or lack thereof. Then the company surprised pretty much everyone by admitting TfL was right to deny it a new licence, especially since it "accelerated" changes within the company. Now the judge has retired to mull over her decision, and whether she should give Uber a "probationary" operating licence for the capital. Read More >>

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Uber Has Admitted TfL Was Right Not to Renew its Licence After All

Today is the day Uber and Transport for London are in court, over that situation regarding the whole 'London ban' thing from last year. The hearings have now begun, and in a surprising turn of events the ride-hailing app has admitted TfL was right to strip it of its operating licence after all. Read More >>

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Uber’s London Ban Appeal Begins Today

There are many things you can say about the court system, but universally fast-moving is not one of them. Even though Transport for London refused to renew Uber's operating licence last September, effectively 'banning' the ride-hailing service, the company's appeal has only just hit the courts. The company is set to make its case at Westminster Crown Court later today, with a hearing that's expected to last several days. Read More >>

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Uber’s Offering Drivers More Money if They Drive an Electric Car, But Only in Select Cities

In a number of places around the world you may have noticed that a lot of the local taxi services are dominated by the Prius. The hybrid car is clearly very popular for a number of reasons, including things like improved mileage, regenerative braking, and the long held opinion that they're more environmentally conscious. Uber would like drivers to go a bit further, though, and it's just launched a pilot programme that will pay drivers if they start using a fully electric car. Read More >>

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Uber’s Latest Test Feature Gives You a Discount if You’re Patient Enough to Wait a Bit

If you've used Uber for any extended period of time, you'll know full well how the pricing system works. Basically if there's high enough demand, ie too many customers and not enough drivers, the far price goes up. Not enough customers and too many drivers, price goes down. Usually there's not much you can do about that, but Uber has confirmed it's testing a feature that lets people request at a later time and save themselves some money. Read More >>

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Uber is Trying to Patent an AI System to Identify Erratic Behaviour in Riders

It looks like Uber has a growing interest in the behaviours of its users. According to a patent application filed by the company Thursday, Uber is planning to use machine learning to better understand the “state” of a passenger when they request a ride. Read More >>