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Uber Whistleblower: Autonomous Vehicles Need New Safety Metrics, Aren’t Really Any Safer

<img data-attachment-id="1590622" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Screen-Shot-2017-09-13-at-10.20.40-AM.png" data-orig-size="1052,648" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="vision 2.0 NHTSA Autonomous vehicles" data-image-description=" Image: NHTSA ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Screen-Shot-2017-09-13-at-10.20.40-AM-450×277.png” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Screen-Shot-2017-09-13-at-10.20.40-AM-610×376.png” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1590622″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Screen-Shot-2017-09-13-at-10.20.40-AM-610×376.png” alt=”vision 2.0 NHTSA Autonomous vehicles” width=”610″ height=”376″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Screen-Shot-2017-09-13-at-10.20.40-AM-610×376.png 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Screen-Shot-2017-09-13-at-10.20.40-AM-75×46.png 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Screen-Shot-2017-09-13-at-10.20.40-AM-450×277.png 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Screen-Shot-2017-09-13-at-10.20.40-AM-768×473.png 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Screen-Shot-2017-09-13-at-10.20.40-AM-120×74.png 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Screen-Shot-2017-09-13-at-10.20.40-AM.png 1052w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”> Over the past year the automotive industry has carefully walked […]

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Center for Auto Safety Asks Uber/Lyft to Stop Using Recalled Cars

<img data-attachment-id="1684684" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/shutterstock_1419224972-1-e1565720731668.jpg" data-orig-size="932,637" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"1"}" data-image-title="uber lyft sign" data-image-description=" Jonathan Weiss/Shutterstock ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/shutterstock_1419224972-1-e1565720731668-450×308.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/shutterstock_1419224972-1-e1565720731668-610×417.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1684684″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/shutterstock_1419224972-1-e1565720731668-610×417.jpg” alt width=”610″ height=”417″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/shutterstock_1419224972-1-e1565720731668-610×417.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/shutterstock_1419224972-1-e1565720731668-75×51.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/shutterstock_1419224972-1-e1565720731668-450×308.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/shutterstock_1419224972-1-e1565720731668-768×525.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/shutterstock_1419224972-1-e1565720731668-120×82.jpg 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/shutterstock_1419224972-1-e1565720731668.jpg 932w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”> Last week, the Center for Auto Safety announced it had reached out to America’s ride-hailing giants […]

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Uber, Still Unprofitable, Focused on ‘Healthy Growth’

<img data-attachment-id="1674814" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/shutterstock_682249699.jpg" data-orig-size="1000,667" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="uber lyft pickup sign parking" data-image-description=" Jonathan Weiss/Shutterstock ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/shutterstock_682249699-450×300.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/shutterstock_682249699-610×407.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1674814″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/shutterstock_682249699-610×407.jpg” alt width=”610″ height=”407″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/shutterstock_682249699-610×407.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/shutterstock_682249699-75×50.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/shutterstock_682249699-450×300.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/shutterstock_682249699-768×512.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/shutterstock_682249699-120×80.jpg 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/shutterstock_682249699.jpg 1000w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”> The futuristic world of personal transportation sans ownership was, once again, called into question […]

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Lyft says ride-hailing price war with Uber is easing up

(Reuters) — Lyft on Wednesday said a price war with rival Uber was easing, boosting shares of both companies and allowing Lyft to raise its outlook for the year and forecast a faster path to profitability. Lyft said increased revenue per rider would lift both third-quarter sales and full-year revenue above Wall Street estimates. That […]

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China’s Didi Chuxing spins off autonomous driving unit

Amid growing pessimism over the pace of autonomous vehicle progress, Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing has decided to move more aggressively by spinning out its self-driving car unit. Today the company announced that its autonomous driving unit will become a standalone company, a move designed to bring greater focus to research, product design, and the […]

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How Uber is turning everyone in the company into a data scientist

Uber’s Director of Data Science, Franziska Bell, would like everyone who works at Uber to have the ability to execute their role with the same insight as a data scientist. “Our vision is to provide data science expertise at the touch of a button,” said Bell during her talk at Transform 2019. By unifying the teams […]

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Uber releases Ludwig 0.2 with audio and speech improvements, plus Comet.ml and BERT integration

Roughly five months following the debut of Ludwig, Uber’s open-source and no-code deep learning toolkit, the ride-hailing company today detailed improvements in tow with the latest version: Ludwig 0.2. Among them are new tools and over 50 bug fixes, plus Comet.ml integration, the addition of Google’s BERT natural language model, and support for new feature […]

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California Looks to Give Gig Workers Their Due

Konstantine Anthony, a 38-year-old Uber driver, usually starts his morning by picking up a commuter in Burbank, California, and heading over the hills on Highway 5 toward downtown Los Angeles. From there, he traverses back and forth across the city, from Beverly Hills to Koreatown, from Inglewood to Los Angeles International Airport. “There’s no way […]

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Uber’s EvoGrad is a dev library for evolutionary algorithms

Does evolutionary computation ring a bell? In computer science, it’s the family of algorithms for global optimization inspired by biological evolution. Instead of following explicit mathematical gradients, these special models generate variants, test them, and retain the top performers. They’ve shown promise in early work by OpenAI, Google, and others, but they’re somewhat tough to […]

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Uber now gives passengers ride credits for buying stuff through Cargo’s in-car commerce platform

Cargo, an in-car commerce company that helps ride-hailing drivers earn extra cash by selling stuff to passengers, is officially launching its Cargo Store mobile app today, giving riders the chance to earn cash back on a host of goods from an expanded marketplace. By way of a quick recap, Cargo has so far partnered with […]

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Uber open-sources Plato for developing and testing conversational AI

Designing conversational AI isn’t as Sysiphean as it sounds. Tools like Google’s Dialogflow, Microsoft’s Bot Framework, and Amazon’s Lex make it easier than it used to be, and the folks at Uber hope to eliminate any remaining barriers with a development platform all their own. It’s called Plato Research Dialog System, and it was released […]

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Takeaways from the inaugural Women in AI Breakfast at Transform 2019

At Transform 2018 only 5% of conference attendees were women; this year, that number soared to 30%. The change comes as organizers made a specific commitment to boosting diversity at this year’s event, which includes the invite-only Women in AI breakfast. The importance of that commitment, on both a personal and corporate level, was a […]

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Uber Comfort launches with bigger cars and ‘no conversation’ option

Uber is rolling out a new service level for riders today, one that offers additional “comfort” features, such as extra leg room and quiet time. Uber Comfort, as the new offering is aptly known, has been tested in a handful of U.S. markets for a few months already, but from today Uber is officially introducing […]

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Alphabet’s Waymo adds Wi-Fi to its driverless taxis

(Reuters) – Waymo is rolling out amenities to entice riders to use its self-driving taxis, creating a potential route to profitability in a money-losing industry. The Alphabet subsidiary is testing complimentary Wi-Fi in its robotaxis in greater Phoenix, where hundreds of the company’s identical, driverless minivans have been carrying paying riders since December. In late […]

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