Uber to expand its self-driving car research in Toronto

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Raquel Urtasun is the chief scientist for Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group, which is planning an expansion into Toronto. The San Francisco, Calif.-based company announced on Thursday that it is expanding its Advanced Technologies Group (ATG) in Toronto and opening a new engineering lab — its first in Canada. Uber says it plans to spend $200 million Cdn… Read more »

Uber’s Secret Tool for Keeping the Cops in the Dark

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At least two dozen times, the San Francisco headquarters locked down equipment in foreign offices to shield files from police raids. Source: BusinessWeek Date: January 16th, 2018 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-01-11/uber-s-secret-tool-for-keeping-the-cops-in-the-dark?cmpid=socialflow-facebook-business&utm_content=business&utm_campaign=socialflow-organic&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social Discussion 1) Should it be okay for a U.S. company to be able to avoid local government inspections based on legally obtained search warrants? 2) In what other ways might a… Read more »

What Uber Learned from a Year of Self Driving

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Ride hailing company Uber took to the streets of Pittsburgh in late 2016 with self-driving cars. Here’s what riders and the company learned from letting robots take the wheel. Source: Wired Magazine Date: January 3rd, 2018 Link: https://www.wired.com/video/what-uber-learned-from-a-year-of-self-driving Discussion 1) Why is a ride-hailing company so focused on self-driving vehicles? 2) Is Uber a tech company, a car… Read more »

Uber to share data to help ease city congestion

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Uber is launching a website outlining how its cars move around cities, in an effort to appease city authorities who have long called for more data sharing.  It will provide data on dozens of cities from next month.  Uber’s transportation data could help cities to improve traffic flow.  The controversial app-based taxi service had previously… Read more »

Toronto, Ottawa Look to Legalize Uber

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Description: City staff in Toronto and Ottawa have developed draft regulations that would create a new set of rules for app-based ride hailing services. Source: Tech Vibes Date: April 11, 2016 On Friday, Ottawa City Council’s community and protective services committee voted to approve the new regulations. That means they’ll go before the entire city council… Read more »

Facebook is Looking into Rideshare Possibilities

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Description: A patent application published Thursday reveals that Facebook (FB, Tech30) is looking to get into ridesharing. Source: CNN Money Date: January 28, 2016 People are already accustomed to creating, discovering and RSVPing to events on the social network. But Facebook’s event feature could soon get even more useful: The company is looking to help users… Read more »

Uber Not Just Taking Customers from Taxis – It’s Creating a New Market

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Description: Has Uber created a customer base of riders that might not have existed otherwise? Source: Tech Vibes Date: October 29, 2015   Uber isn’t just taking business from taxi companies, it might also be creating a new market, according to a new report commissioned by the City of Ottawa. Read More Questions for discussion: 1…. Read more »