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Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:
Starting in Denver, Uber adds a public transportation option, including real-time bus and rail info, with plans to expand elsewhere over the coming months   —  Starting with Denver, Uber aims to become a one-stop shop for all modes of transportation  —  Uber customers who live in Denver …
Jan 31, 2019, 12:25 PMIn context
Alison Griswold / Quartz:
The GOP-majority National Labor Relations Board voted that van drivers for Texas-based SuperShuttle are independent contractors, a win for companies like Uber   —  Buried by news of the US federal shutdown ending was a government decision that has staggering implications for Uber and companies like it.
Jan 27, 2019, 9:30 PMIn context
Jane Zhang / South China Morning Post:
Didi says its global ride-hailing network had 550M users, over 31M drivers, and covered more than 1,000 cities around the world in 2018   —  - Following scandals, Didi has focused on safety overhauls, including in-trip audio recordings by passengers and drivers and in-car panic buttons
Jan 26, 2019, 11:00 PMIn context
CNN:
Inside Uber's Special Investigations Unit, a 60+ person team handling severe reported incidents, nearly 1,200/week, often leading to stress and emotional trauma   —  (CNN Business)The internal investigators tasked with keeping Uber safe were overworked, underpaid and at times emotionally traumatized …
Jan 22, 2019, 12:55 PMIn context
Yoolim Lee / Bloomberg:
A reporter, who was injured when her Grab car crashed in Singapore, set out to probe Grab's image as a sober and law-abiding startup but found no smoking gun   —  Singapore, like every big city, has been overrun with new car service apps.  Is that a good thing?  —  On March 26, 2018, the news in my world was all about Grab.
Jan 21, 2019, 7:40 AMIn context
James Cook / Telegraph:
Uber is hiring for a new Micromobility Robotics team to develop autonomous scooters and bikes that can drive themselves to reach customers and charging points   —  Uber is hiring engineers to develop electric scooters and bicycles which can drive themselves around cities in order to reach customers and charging points.
Jan 20, 2019, 3:00 PMIn context
Financial Times:
Berlin-based scooter-sharing startup Flash raises €55M Series A led by Target Global, aims to design and build its own vehicles to set it apart from rivals   —  A new scooter-sharing start-up led by the former founder of Delivery Hero has raised €55m in one of Europe's largest ever …
Jan 18, 2019, 8:00 AMIn context
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Home improvement platform Pro.com raises $33M Series B, bringing the total raised to $60M   —  Pro.com is basically a general contractor for the age of Uber and Prime Now.  While the company started out as a marketplace for hiring home improvement professionals, it has now morphed …
Jan 17, 2019, 12:30 PMIn context
Kate Conger / New York Times:
Data from Portland's 4-month scooter program, which capped the number of scooters to ~2K and recorded 700K+ rides, shows scooters often replaced short car trips   —  SAN FRANCISCO — The e-scooter boom began in Santa Monica, Calif., about 16 months ago.  Electric scooters …
Jan 16, 2019, 12:05 AMIn context
Theodore Schleifer / Recode:
Sources: self-driving startup Aurora is raising $500M+ at a $2B+ valuation in a round led by Sequoia   —  Aurora's appeal is predicated on three well-credentialed founders from Google, Tesla, and Uber.  —  The startup Aurora — which is not yet two years old but has made waves …
Jan 8, 2019, 3:07 PMIn context

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