Uber Drone Advertising

These creepy Uber drone adverts are the future we all deserve

October 13th at 4:55 PM

These creepy Uber drone adverts are the future we all deserve

Bloomberg has an in-depth feature looking at the world of Uber as it grows into Latin America. It’s an interesting look at what it takes to grow a US company into a very different market, albeit a look based entirely on the testimony of Uber mangers.

But apart from the business interest, it also features one very scary photograph: Uber drones holding placards over a highway in Mexico City as an advert for the multi-billion-dollar ridesharing future. Welcome to your future, techies.

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Self-Driving Car Fail

Can someone please teach Uber’s self-driving cars to read road signs?

October 4th at 8:00 PM

Can someone please teach Uber’s self-driving cars to read road signs?

Uber’s self-driving cars are marvels of modern technology. Unfortunately, they also don’t seem to know what a one-way street looks like.

A video posted to Facebook shows one of Uber’s autonomous Ford Fusions undergoing testing in Pittsburgh. By “undergoing testing,” I really mean making a turn down a one-way road, before the human realised the mistake and made a large and embarrassing U-turn in the intersection.

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Uber Commute

Uber just showed us what the future will be like when driverless cars take over

October 3rd at 7:33 PM

Uber just showed us what the future will be like when driverless cars take over

You wake up Monday morning, shower and eat a quick breakfast. You let the dog out and see the kids off to school when the bus arrives. Then you leave the house and step into the back seat of a car that’s already waiting for you in your driveway. You sit comfortably as the car heads to your local train station, checking emails and preparing for your workday along the way. When you arrive at the station, you don’t need to worry about fighting with other commuters while looking for parking. Instead, the car pulls right up to the front of the building and you’re on your way to the train.

Tomorrow, this will be exactly what life is like for millions of Americans when driverless cars take over our roads. Today, this is already what life is like for 100 commuters in the town of Summit, NJ, where Uber has reached an agreement with the city to provide low-cost rides to and from the train station each day as part of an innovative six-month pilot program. More →

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uber-trip-tracker

Uber wants to use planes to pick up and drop off passengers from city rooftops

September 27th at 10:00 PM

Uber wants to use planes to pick up and drop off passengers from city rooftops

Say what you will about Uber, there’s simply no denying that the company always has is eye laser-focused and fixated on the future. After spearheading the ridesharing revolution against overwhelming odds, Uber’s next big bet rests on self-driving cars. In fact, Uber just a few short weeks ago began rolling out its first wave of self-driving Uber cars in Pittsburgh.

Interestingly enough, Uber’s grand plan to revolutionize the way we travel doesn’t end with cars. On the contrary, the company envisions a future where users will take advantage of VTOL (vertical takeoff and landing) aircraft in order to travel short distances and bypass local traffic congestion in the process. And even further down the line, Uber believes that self-driving VTOL aircraft may become a reality.

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Uber Self-Driving Car

Photos leak of Uber’s self-driving car in the wild

August 26th at 4:30 PM

Photos leak of Uber’s self-driving car in the wild

It’s been only a few days since Uber announced that it’s bringing a fleet of (supervised) self-driving cars to Pittsburgh. But in true internet fashion, we’ve already got our first pictures.

Helen Rosner, the executive editor of Eater, spotted what looks like an Uber car on the road in Pittsburgh. The Uber logos along the side hint that it might just be an Uber car, and the mass of sensors strapped to the roof suggest that this isn’t your average Uber car.

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Uber Flat Rates

Uber’s new flat fare is cheaper than the bus

August 25th at 8:00 PM

Uber’s new flat fare is cheaper than the bus

New test fares being rolled out by Uber in select markets are making the ride-sharing service all new kinds of cheap. A beta program being tested in a few chosen cities scrap surge pricing and charging per-mile in favor of a flat fare for UberPool that’s the same price as a bus ticket.

According to an email seen by Business Insider UK, pricing in San Francisco is a pack of 20 rides for $20, or 40 rides for $30. On top of that base fee, you then pay $2 per ride. So, on the lower pricing, you’re paying $3 per ride for an UberPool trip.

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Self-driving Taxi Service nuTonomy

World’s first self-driving taxi is operational in Singapore, and it’s not Uber

August 25th at 7:15 AM

World’s first self-driving taxi is operational in Singapore, and it’s not Uber

Uber has recently announced plans to offer clients free rides in self-driving vehicles, as it tests its driverless ride-sharing service in Pittsburgh. However, Uber isn’t the only ride-hailing company that’s pursuing such car technology, as the world’s first driverless taxi trail is now operational in Singapore. More →

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Free Uber Self-Driving Rides

Self-driving Uber rides are coming this summer, and they’ll be free of charge

August 18th at 8:10 AM

Self-driving Uber rides are coming this summer, and they’ll be free of charge

“The reason Uber could be expensive is because you’re not just paying for the car — you’re paying for the other dude in the car,” Uber co-founder and CEO Travis Kalanick infamously said in mid-2014 during an interview. The statement may have seemed overly insensitive for that other dude in the car that made Uber a hit service. But Kalanick was also right. And it looks like Uber will be the first company in the world that will make self-driving rides available to the public. They’ll be available in Pittsburgh this summer, and they’ll be free of charge. Oh, and to make it all happen, Uber is putting two other dudes in the car with you. More →

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Uber Drivers Share Secrets

Uber drivers share the wildest secrets they’ve overheard in their cars

July 5th at 1:20 PM

Uber drivers share the wildest secrets they’ve overheard in their cars

It’s been about a decade since HBO aired the last episode of a show called Taxicab Confessions, in which passengers would share their deepest, darkest secrets with cab drivers. Although the show is gone, its spirit lives on in a recent Reddit thread, where Uber drivers were asked to recount the secrets they’d overheard while picking up and dropping off passengers.

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Uber Arrive By Guarantee

Uber will now pay you if your driver gets you to your destination late

June 8th at 10:56 AM

Uber will now pay you if your driver gets you to your destination late

Although uberPOOL might be the most affordable way to reach your destination with Uber, it’s rarely the most expedient. That’s why Uber introduced the “Arrive By” feature for its carpooling service this week, which guarantees that riders will arrive at their destination by the quoted time or receive $2 off their next ride.

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Drive 2: The Uber Years

‘Drive’ would be very different if Ryan Gosling was an Uber driver

May 19th at 5:30 PM

‘Drive’ would be very different if Ryan Gosling was an Uber driver

Drive is a great thriller movie with just the right amount of leather gloves and sex for a criminals. But what if Ryan Gosling were an Uber driver rather than a getaway artist for thieves?

That’s what this trailer for Drive 2: The Uber Years tries to explore. It’s made by Joey Thompson, a YouTuber with a surprisingly strong resemblance to Ryan Gosling. He does a stellar job of making fun of LA, Drive and vapers in the one four-minute trailer.

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