Uber Stories October 12

Waymo’s lawsuit against Uber this February was surprising given Google and Alphabet’s usual hesitancy towards suing. However, Waymo found Uber’s alleged actions a particularly large affront. Reuters has now discovered what Waymo demanded from Uber in settlement talks to stop the case from heading to trial.

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Uber Stories October 8

Uber has announced this weekend that as soon as next week, they will deploy a fleet of 50 new Tesla vehicles under its UberONE service in Dubai. expand full story

Uber Stories September 8

Here’s an interesting initiative from Uber. The ride-hailing company is funding an effort to have all its drivers in London, and there are apparently 40,000 of them today, switch to electric and hybrid cars by 2025.

Furthermore, all new cars going on the company’s Uberx network will have to be electric by the end of 2019. expand full story

Uber Stories August 21

Early Tesla and Uber investor Jason Calacanis is calling for a merger of the two companies, which he says could “beat everybody at transportation.”

Calacanis says that it would also solve Uber’s CEO search by making Elon Musk, Tesla’s CEO, in charge of both companies. expand full story

Uber Stories August 15

Through the discovery process of the lawsuit between Uber and Waymo, in which the latter is accusing the former of having colluded with a former Google engineer, Anthony Levandowski, to steal technology from their self-driving car startup, we now learn that Uber CEO Travis Kalanick and Levandowski really don’t like Tesla CEO Elon Musk and some of the claims he made about the Autopilot program. expand full story

Uber Stories May 16

According to Wild Ride, a book by Fortune magazine’s Adam Lashinsky coming out next week, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick approached Tesla CEO Elon Musk to partner up on autonomous car-sharing, but Musk refused to work with Uber.

A few days later, Musk announced Tesla’s own effort to bring an autonomous car-sharing fleet to market. expand full story

Uber Stories April 27

According to a report this afternoon from Business Insider, Anthony Levandowski, the subject of a dramatic legal battle between Alphabet’s Waymo and Uber over alleged stolen self-driving car technology, has stepped aside from his role as lead of Uber’s Advanced Technologies group. Levandowski will reportedly continue overseeing operations and safety, however…

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Uber Stories April 25

If you are wondering how come there are so many news and announcement about electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft lately, like Lilium’s maiden flight and Kitty Hawk coming out of stealth, it looks like it’s because they timed the releases with Uber’s Elevate Summit in Dallas this week.

Today, Uber announced its own plans to use eVTOL aircraft for a flying taxi service. expand full story

Uber Stories April 12

Uber has a few interesting electric vehicle initiatives, like an all-electric fleet pilot project with 20 Nissan LEAFs in London and they deployed a fleet of Tesla Model S in Madrid, but now they are bringing their first EV program stateside.

The company will help drivers purchase or lease electric vehicles. They are starting the program in Portland, Oregon, but hopefully, they expand the program to other markets. expand full story

Uber Stories March 25

Uber has been under a lot of pressure over the past few months from several different angles, including with their self-driving effort. They had problems with regulators in California after a self-driving prototype ran a red light and now they are being sued by Waymo, Alphabet’s self-driving car company, over their lidar sensor technology.

Now one of their self-driving prototypes in Arizona was involved in an accident that resulted in the car rolling over. Fortunately, no one was injured.  expand full story

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