Uber Cars Safety

Uber hires the security duo behind the crazy Jeep hack

By on August 30, 2015 at 10:30 AM.

Uber hires the security duo behind the crazy Jeep hack

Security researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Vlasek made headlines last month when they hacked a Jeep while it was driving down the highway at 70 MPH. The willing target? Wired writer Andy Greenberg.

From a distance, Miller and Vlasek were able to control the Jeep’s vents, the radio, the windshield wipers, and more. Though the pair obviously didn’t do anything to put Greenberg’s life in danger, the hack gave them the ability to to control the Jeep’s entertainment system along with steering and braking controls.

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How To Avoid Uber Surge Pricing

How to never get slammed with Uber surge pricing again

By on July 28, 2015 at 4:45 PM.

How to never get slammed with Uber surge pricing again

Uber is a true game-changer that reimagines the way we travel on a daily basis. The service truly could not be any easier to use, and millions of people around the world rely on it each and every day. Of course, Uber is far from perfect, and one of the bigger complaints users have pertains to surge pricing.

Well, there’s a free app that will help ensure you never have to pay surge prices again. More →

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Uber App

Why your Uber app is lying to you about available cars

By on July 28, 2015 at 2:50 PM.

Why your Uber app is lying to you about available cars

When you fire up Uber and see a bevy of  cars seemingly hovering around your location, many of the cars depicted on your screen may not even be anywhere close. As it turns out, there are times when the vehicle icons populating the Uber app on your phone may be nothing more than phantom cars meant to trick you.

So if you’ve ever wondered why you sometimes have to wait 10 minutes for a pick-up when there is seemingly an abundance of cars in your immediate vicinity, we finally have an explanation for you thanks to two new reports that surfaced this week.

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Uber Driver Threatens Violence

An Uber driver threatened to cut a woman’s neck after she canceled a ride

By on July 10, 2015 at 1:25 PM.

An Uber driver threatened to cut a woman’s neck after she canceled a ride

Uber is an incredibly convenient, and often affordable way to get around a big city, but without an adequate vetting process, there’s always the risk that you’ll end up with a lunatic as your driver. Earlier this week, BuzzFeed shared the story of Anna Kealey, a 28-year-old Hackney resident who received an incredibly distressing voicemail after canceling her Uber ride. More →

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Uber Tesla Self Driving Cars

How Tesla Might Make Boatloads of Cash From Uber

By on July 8, 2015 at 5:05 PM.

How Tesla Might Make Boatloads of Cash From Uber

After Uber poached 40 researchers and scientists from Carnegie Mellon’s National Robotics Center earlier this year, there was little doubt left that the somewhat infamous ride-sharing company was dead serious about autonomous driving. Meanwhile, Tesla Motors, led by the iconic and future-thinking Elon Musk, hasn’t been shy about its own feelings regarding autonomous driving. More →

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Paris Riots

Chaos in Paris: Incredible Photos Show Anti-Uber Rioters Setting Fires and Destroying Cars

By on June 25, 2015 at 11:32 AM.

Chaos in Paris: Incredible Photos Show Anti-Uber Rioters Setting Fires and Destroying Cars

When it comes to Uber, “game-changing” isn’t just a buzzword. The company is revolutionizing transportation and customers are loving every minutes of it. Well, almost every minute of it. Uber is obviously ruffling some feathers along the way as well, and the tension in Paris, France has reached its boiling point. More →

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Uber Driver Location Tracking

Uber drivers will soon be able to track your location… with your permission, thankfully

By on June 1, 2015 at 7:40 PM.

Uber drivers will soon be able to track your location… with your permission, thankfully

Have you ever requested an Uber, only to realize seconds later that it’d be much easier to get picked up a few streets over? If you’ve used Uber in the past, you’ll know that the app drops a pin on the map for the driver to follow, but following recent changes to the privacy policy, drivers will now be able to track your location if you give them permission to do so. More →

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Uber Self-Driving Car Prototype

This is Uber’s self-driving car prototype

By on May 22, 2015 at 7:35 PM.

This is Uber’s self-driving car prototype

It’s no secret that Uber is interested in cutting costs by replacing current cars with smart self-driving cars in the future. And it looks like the first self-driving cars from Google will not be the only ones performing test drives in the U.S., as Uber is also experimenting with this nifty technology. More →

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Uber Driving Salary, Costs, Insurance

Reporter turned undercover UberX driver reveals what it’s really like to drive for Uber

By on May 13, 2015 at 4:00 PM.

Reporter turned undercover UberX driver reveals what it’s really like to drive for Uber

To make $90,000 a year, an UberX driver would have to work “27 hours a day, 365 a year.” That’s what one reporter learned after going undercover as an UberX driver to see whether the company’s income claims could be verified in real life. After 100 rides, she concluded that she would need to work 10 hours per day for six days each week, and take just one week off each year, to make about $30,000 annually before taxes.

That’s a third of what Uber claimed is the median income for UberX drivers in New York City. More →

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Uber: Nokia Here Maps Service

NYT: Uber willing to pay $3B for Nokia’s Here maps business

By on May 8, 2015 at 6:50 AM.

NYT: Uber willing to pay $3B for Nokia’s Here maps business

It’s no secret that Nokia’s Here mapping service is for sale, with the Finnish company having received various bids from third-parties interested in the maps and navigation business. Google, Apple, Microsoft and Facebook have been rumored to be among the interested companies. Similarly, a consortium of German automakers, including BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz, are also looking to purchase Here. Finally, Uber, a popular taxi service in many countries, is also looking to acquire Nokia’s maps division. More →

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Uber Username and Password Change

Warning: Uber may have been hacked – change your password immediately

By on May 4, 2015 at 10:45 AM.

Warning: Uber may have been hacked – change your password immediately

After a Motherboard report in March said that details for at least some Uber accounts had been accessed by hackers who were selling them online for as little as $1, the publication is back with a followup to the story. Now, it looks like American Uber customers have been targeted by hackers, who may have obtained access to some accounts. More →

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Uber Vs. Taxis Medallion Prices

After getting crushed by Uber, NYC taxi mogul demands a government bailout

By on April 14, 2015 at 12:26 PM.

After getting crushed by Uber, NYC taxi mogul demands a government bailout

Uber definitely has its issues but we should nonetheless be happy that it’s opened up some more competition for personal transportation services. Many taxi moguls, however, are not pleased by the additional competition since it’s cut into their profits by considerable sums. However, we don’t think we’ve ever heard any of them go as far as Evgeny Freidman, a taxi fleet owner who told The New York Times recently that he’s deserving of an AIG-style government bailout. More →

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NYPD Hidden Video

Video: Watch a racist cop abuse his power on camera

By on April 2, 2015 at 10:10 AM.

Video: Watch a racist cop abuse his power on camera

Congratulations, former NYPD officer Patrick Cherry, your expletive-laden tirade and shameful abuse of power just cost you your job on the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force.

It’s 2015, and just about everyone has a smartphone. And of course, every smartphone has a camera. For most New York police officers, this is probably enough to make them think twice before ripping into an Uber driver while he has two passengers in the back of his car. Actually, most New York Police officers probably aren’t hateful racists on a power trip, so it’s not even an issue.

And then there’s Detective Patrick Cherry. More →

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