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The New Chevrolet Blazer May Ignite A Tweetstorm When President Trump Realizes It's Built In Mexico The New Chevrolet Blazer May Ignite A Tweetstorm When President Trump Realizes It's Built In Mexico

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A Sixth New York City Taxi Driver Has Committed Suicide After Falling Into Debt  A Sixth New York City Taxi Driver Has Committed Suicide After Falling Into Debt 

A sixth New York City cab driver has committed suicide after falling into significant financial straits. It’s the latest in a string of deaths that, according to driver advocates, is connected to the proliferation of ride-hailing apps in the city like Uber and Lyft.

Taxi Drivers In New York City Are Taking Their Own Lives Due To Debt Taxi Drivers In New York City Are Taking Their Own Lives Due To Debt

It’s the fifth suicide in five months. Yu Mein Chow, a 56 year old living in Queens, was found dead in the East River on May 11. Having spent $700,000 on the coveted medallion that would allow him to operate a cab in the city, he found that he just couldn’t make enough driving his cab to make it worthwhile. With no…

Why Volvo’s Auto-Braking System Might Have Kept The Self-Driving Uber Crash From Being Fatal Why Volvo’s Auto-Braking System Might Have Kept The Self-Driving Uber Crash From Being Fatal

The reason an Uber self-driving car fatally struck a pedestrian in March is coming into sharper focus, thanks to the release of a preliminary report on Thursday from the National Transportation Safety Board. But the agency’s findings raise a notable question: If the car—a Volvo XC90 outfitted with Uber’s own…

Uber's Autonomous Car Had Six Seconds To Prevent Fatal Crash But Failed To Act: Feds Uber's Autonomous Car Had Six Seconds To Prevent Fatal Crash But Failed To Act: Feds

The self-driving car owned by Uber that fatally struck a woman in March detected her in the road about six seconds before the crash, according to a preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board, which also acknowledged delayed responses from the vehicle’s automatic emergency braking system.

Uber Lays Off Hundreds Of Workers And Shuts Down Self-Driving Operation In Arizona Following Fatal Crash Uber Lays Off Hundreds Of Workers And Shuts Down Self-Driving Operation In Arizona Following Fatal Crash

Uber informed “about 300” workers of their termination earlier today as part of plans to shut down its self-driving car testing program in Arizona following a fatal crash in March, where one of the company’s test vehicles struck and killed a pedestrian, according to The Arizona Republic.

Higher-Octane Fuel In America Is Getting Closer And Closer Higher-Octane Fuel In America Is Getting Closer And Closer

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There Is No Such Thing As A Flying Car There Is No Such Thing As A Flying Car

Look at this thing. Uber calls it an “aerial taxi.” Our friends at Gizmodo call it a “flying car.” But it’s not. There are airplanes. There are helicopters. There’s no such thing as a flying car, and anyone who tells you otherwise is lying to you.

Uber Self-Driving Car 'Detected' Pedestrian Killed In Crash, But Decided It Didn't Need To Stop: Report Uber Self-Driving Car 'Detected' Pedestrian Killed In Crash, But Decided It Didn't Need To Stop: Report

Uber has concluded the likely reason why one of its self-driving cars fatally struck a pedestrian earlier this year, according to tech outlet The Information. The car’s software recognized the victim, Elaine Herzberg, standing in the middle of the road, but decided it didn’t need to react right away, the outlet…

The Lie That Makes Uber Possible Just Got Cut Down The Lie That Makes Uber Possible Just Got Cut Down

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Uber CEO Compares Self-Driving Cars To 'Student Drivers' Uber CEO Compares Self-Driving Cars To 'Student Drivers'

Barely a month removed from a jarring incident that involved one of its self-driving cars striking and killing a pedestrian, Uber’s new CEO said Thursday that autonomous driving technology needs more time because, right now, self-driving cars are just “student drivers.” Uh.

Uber Wants To Be Everything Now Uber Wants To Be Everything Now

A month after an Uber-owned autonomous car struck and killed a pedestrian in Arizona, the ride-hailing giant is stepping back into the limelight to announce it wants to be everything. No, really. On Wednesday, the company announced it’s expanding a newly-acquired bike-sharing service, launching a new car-sharing…

Uber Wanted To Put You In A Driverless Car By The End Of The Year Uber Wanted To Put You In A Driverless Car By The End Of The Year

The New Yorker has a very long profile out today on Uber’s CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, that focuses on his effort to transition the company away from the unseemly culture fostered by its previous leader, Travis Kalanick. Way at the bottom is a mention to this month’s terrible story involving an Uber-owned autonomous car…

Companies Are Distancing Themselves From Uber After The Fatal Autonomous Crash Companies Are Distancing Themselves From Uber After The Fatal Autonomous Crash

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Uber Reaches Settlement With Family Of Fatal Self-Driving Car Crash Victim Uber Reaches Settlement With Family Of Fatal Self-Driving Car Crash Victim

The family of Elaine Herzberg, the 49-year-old killed by an Uber-owned autonomous car in Arizona, has reached a settlement with the ride-hailing company, according to Reuters.

Arizona's Governor Allowed Uber To Test Autonomous Cars In 2016 Without Telling The Public: Report  Arizona's Governor Allowed Uber To Test Autonomous Cars In 2016 Without Telling The Public: Report 

This week, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey ordered Uber to stop testing self-driving cars in his state, after one of the company’s cars fatally struck a pedestrian, the first known pedestrian casualty to involve an autonomous vehicle. But that abrupt decision followed years of Ducey actively courting the company—so much so,…

Volkswagen Will Win America's Hearts With Crossovers Or Die Trying Volkswagen Will Win America's Hearts With Crossovers Or Die Trying

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Uber Won't Renew Permit To Test Self-Driving Cars In California After Fatal Crash  Uber Won't Renew Permit To Test Self-Driving Cars In California After Fatal Crash 

The fallout for Uber continues. After a fatal crash involving one of the company’s self-driving Volvo XC90's, Arizona’s governor banned Uber from testing autonomous cars in the state. Now the company says it won’t renew a permit to test robot vehicles on California roads.

Uber's Autonomous Test Cars Had Volvo's Safety Systems Disabled Uber's Autonomous Test Cars Had Volvo's Safety Systems Disabled

Ever since Uber’s autonomous Volvo XC90 test car fatally struck a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona last week, many people familiar with modern car technology have asked this: why didn’t Volvo’s own automatic braking or crash avoidance systems kick in? Now we know. According to one supplier, Volvo’s standard systems were…

Arizona's Governor Ends Uber's Self-Driving Car Tests Indefinitely Arizona's Governor Ends Uber's Self-Driving Car Tests Indefinitely

The state of Arizona is finished with Uber’s self-driving car test program.

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