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Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:
Lyft hires Luc Vincent, an ex-Google engineering director who worked on Google Maps, to lead its mapping and marketplace division   —  Luc Vincent, your Lyft is arriving  —  Luc Vincent, senior director of engineering at Google, has been hired by Lyft to lead the ride-hail company's maps and marketplace division.
Feb 9, 2017, 12:55 PMIn context
Andrew J . Hawkins / The Verge:
Uber sues Seattle over law allowing drivers to unionize, hearing set for March 17   —  Liberal city of the Northwest vs. global ride-hailing juggernaut  —  Late last month, Uber sued the city of Seattle, challenging the city's authority to implement a landmark law allowing drivers in the gig economy to unionize.
Feb 7, 2017, 10:55 AMIn context
Andrew J . Hawkins / The Verge:
Waymo says it is now producing all self-driving tech in house, with big cost savings, will deploy Chrysler minivans this month in Mountain View and Phoenix   —  Now with all-new tech produced in-house  —  Waymo, the self-driving car startup spun-off from Google late last year …
Jan 8, 2017, 5:05 PMIn context
Andrew J . Hawkins / The Verge:
Uber refuses to apply for autonomous vehicle testing permit, asks DMV to clarify how self-driving Ubers in SF are different from Teslas with autopilot   —  Your move, California  —  Uber is sticking to its guns in refusing to apply for a $150 permit that the California Department of Motor Vehicles …
Dec 16, 2016, 8:30 PMIn context
Andrew J . Hawkins / The Verge:
Lyft replaces mustache with Amp, a Bluetooth-enabled, dash-mounted LED device that displays a specific color indicated in riders' app   —  Meet the Lyft Amp  —  Lyft has outgrown its pink mustache.  Today, the ride-hail company says it will retire the oversized facial hair logo that has defined …
Nov 15, 2016, 10:45 PMIn context
Andrew J . Hawkins / The Verge:
Toyota debuts Smart Key Box, a device that lets smartphones unlock and start cars via bluetooth; tests begin next year with P2P car-sharing service Getaround   —  Smart Key Box will help make car-sharing easier  —  Toyota is jumping into the increasingly crowded car-sharing market …
Oct 31, 2016, 8:55 PMIn context
Andrew J . Hawkins / The Verge:
Uber brings surge pricing to its UberEATS food delivery service in select cities, starting with Phoenix, Houston, Dallas, DC, Miami, and Atlanta   —  $30 for a grain bowl anyone?  —  PIN  —  UberEats, the ride-hailing giant's standalone food delivery service, is about to get more expensive for some customers.
Oct 27, 2016, 12:45 PMIn context
Andrew J . Hawkins / The Verge:
Uber and Lyft face challenges including traditional taxi regulations, fingerprinting drivers, wheelchair access, and more as they expand in the US   —  Why can't we be friends?  —  PIN  —  Ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft have been Silicon Valley's big disruptive success story of the last five years.
Sep 21, 2016, 5:10 PMIn context
Andrew J . Hawkins / The Verge:
New federal rules for autonomous vehicles aim to avoid patchwork of state laws, include 15-point safety assessment to cover ethical, conflict situations on road   —  The White House vs. robot cars  —  So far, manufacturers of self-driving cars have operated in uncharted waters …
Sep 19, 2016, 9:30 PMIn context
Andrew J . Hawkins / The Verge:
Uber updates its iOS app with Apple Maps and Siri integration to hail rides   —  Thanks to the recent arrival of the iOS 10 update, iPhone users can use both Siri and Apple Maps to hail an Uber car.  Uber announced back in June that these integrations would be available to customers soon, and now here they are.
Sep 14, 2016, 5:30 PMIn context

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