Tag: Uber

Uber integrates with Cornershop to expand grocery deliveries across the Americas

Uber is doubling down on its growing “deliver anything” ethos with the news that it’s vastly expanding its burgeoning grocery delivery business. The company announced that it’s integrating its platform with Cornershop, an on-demand grocery delivery platform that operates in Latin America, Canada, and — soon — the U.S. Last October, Uber announced plans to […]

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Uber confirms $2.7 billion Postmates acquisition

Uber has confirmed that it’s buying on-demand delivery company Postmates in an all-stock deal valued at $2.65 billion. The announcement comes after a week of intense speculation, which culminated in Bloomberg reporting earlier today that the deal was done, though neither company had responded to the claims until now. According to Uber, the acquisition will […]

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How Much More Cash Can Uber Burn?

Yves here. Although this post does not answer the headline question, about how deep the Uber money pit will prove to be, it is gratifying to see more commentators taking up Hubert Horan’s skepticism about the local transportation company and focusing its continuing-to-be-Gawdawful cash flow prospects. I’m still amazed after extension gimmicks like scooters proved […]

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Uber In Negotiations to Purchase Postmates

<img data-attachment-id="1673426" data-permalink="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2019/05/uber-drivers-protest-ahead-of-fridays-ipo/shutterstock_314177504/" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/shutterstock_314177504.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" data-image-description=" MikeDotta/Shutterstock ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/shutterstock_314177504-450×300.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/shutterstock_314177504-610×407.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1673426″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/shutterstock_314177504-610×407.jpg” alt width=”610″ height=”407″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/shutterstock_314177504-610×407.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/shutterstock_314177504-75×50.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/shutterstock_314177504-450×300.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/shutterstock_314177504-768×512.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/shutterstock_314177504-120×80.jpg 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/shutterstock_314177504.jpg 1000w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”> Uber Technologies is reportedly in negotiations to acquire Postmates, specifically for the purpose of incorporating the brand’s food-delivery services […]

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Waymo and Uber propose AI techniques to improve self-driving systems

During a workshop on autonomous driving at the Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) 2020, Waymo and Uber presented research to improve the reliability — and safety — of their self-driving systems. Waymo principal scientist Drago Anguelov detailed ViDAR, a camera and range-centric framework covering scene geometry, semantics, and dynamics. Raquel Urtasun, chief […]

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Lyft Promises to Swap Exclusively to EVs by Bullying Everyone

<img data-attachment-id="1674810" data-permalink="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2019/05/consumer-reports-what-are-uber-lyft-are-doing-about-recalls/shutterstock_602671940/" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/shutterstock_602671940.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="lyft" data-image-description=" Roman Tiraspolsky/Shutterstock ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/shutterstock_602671940-450×300.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/shutterstock_602671940-610×407.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1674810″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/shutterstock_602671940-610×407.jpg” alt width=”610″ height=”407″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/shutterstock_602671940-610×407.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/shutterstock_602671940-75×50.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/shutterstock_602671940-450×300.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/shutterstock_602671940-768×512.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/shutterstock_602671940-120×80.jpg 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/shutterstock_602671940.jpg 1000w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”> On Wednesday, ride-hailing company Lyft announced every vehicle using its platform will be electric by 2030. Since its […]

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Uber’s first SaaS partnership brings on-demand public transit to the Uber app

Uber is further opening its platform to transit agencies with a partnership to bring on-demand public transport options into the Uber app. While the ride-hailing giant has long displayed public transit data and even enabled ticket purchases in some locales to help customers combine multiple forms of transport, today’s announcement goes one step further. Uber […]

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U.S. will unveil data-sharing platform for autonomous vehicle testing

(Reuters) — U.S. auto safety regulators will unveil on Monday a voluntary effort to collect and make available nationwide data on existing autonomous vehicle testing. U.S. states have a variety of regulations governing self-driving testing and data disclosure, and there is currently no centralized listing of all automated vehicle testing. California, for example, requires public […]

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Researchers find racial discrimination in ‘dynamic pricing’ algorithms used by Uber, Lyft, and others

A preprint study published by researchers at George Washington University presents evidence of social bias in the algorithms ride-sharing startups like Uber, Lyft, and Via use to price fares. In a large-scale fairness analysis of Chicago-area ride-hailing samples — made in conjunction with the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) data — metrics from tens […]

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Uber researchers investigate whether AI can behave ethically

Can AI behave ethically? That’s the intractable question researchers at Uber set out to answer in a preprint paper published on Arxiv.org. In it, they propose an approach that translates insights from moral philosophy to the field of reinforcement learning. AI agents act under moral uncertainty over the course of several experiments, highlighting how such […]

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Uber open-sources Neuropod to unify AI frameworks and turn models into products

Uber today open-sourced Neuropod, an abstraction layer on top of existing machine learning frameworks that provides an interface for developing, training, and deploying AI models. It’s designed to make it easier for researchers to build models in the framework of their choice while simplifying productization, according to the company. In both industry and academia, it’s […]

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Uber’s self-driving AI predicts the trajectories of pedestrians, vehicles, and cyclists

In a preprint paper, Uber researchers describe MultiNet, a system that detects and predicts the motions of obstacles from autonomous vehicle lidar data. They say that unlike existing models, MultiNet reasons about the uncertainty of the behavior and movement of cars, pedestrians, and cyclists using a model that infers detections and predictions and then refines […]

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OpenAI and Uber create Virtual Petri Dish to find the best AI model for a task

Researchers affiliated with Uber AI and OpenAI proposed a new approach to neural architecture search (NAS), a technique that involves evaluating hundreds or thousands of AI models to identify the top performers. In a preprint paper, they claim their technique, called Synthetic Petri Dish, accelerates the most computationally intensive NAS steps while predicting model performance […]

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Keep Your Driver, Uber Tells Select Customers

<img data-attachment-id="1717614" data-permalink="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2020/04/uber-goes-old-school-with-new-delivery-services/shutterstock_1253173372/" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/shutterstock_1253173372.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":"1"}" data-image-title="uber app uber eats" data-image-description=" BigTunaOnline/Shutterstock ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/shutterstock_1253173372-450×300.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/shutterstock_1253173372-610×407.jpg” class=”aligncenter wp-image-1717614 size-large” src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/shutterstock_1253173372-610×407.jpg” alt width=”610″ height=”407″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/shutterstock_1253173372-610×407.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/shutterstock_1253173372-75×50.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/shutterstock_1253173372-450×300.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/shutterstock_1253173372-768×512.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/shutterstock_1253173372-120×80.jpg 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/shutterstock_1253173372.jpg 1000w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”> Amid widespread suspicion of other human beings and the general sense that public transit is a […]

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Uber Destroys More Value: Demolishes Bikes from Failed Rental Businesses Rather Than Donate Them

Not that it’s needed, but if you are hankering for yet more evidence that Uber is run by a libertarian narcissists who actively resist doing the right thing because disruption, today’s object lesson comes from Uber’s certain-to-fail e-scooter and bike rental businesses. Uber capitulated to their predictabe mounting losses and shuttered those ventures. But rather […]

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I Was Already Underwater as a Cab Driver in New York. Then the Pandemic Hit.

I live in Woodside, Queens. I’m originally from Ecuador, but I’ve been living in New York for 24 years and driving a cab in the city for almost 19 years. I realized that the coronavirus was going to be a serious problem for taxi drivers as soon as I saw what was happening in China […]

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Uber Death Watch: Ride-hailing Firm Cuts 3,000 Additional Jobs

<img data-attachment-id="1695054" data-permalink="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2019/10/uber-establishes-oversight-board-for-self-driving-development/shutterstock_437820760/" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/shutterstock_437820760.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 ride uber window uber sign" data-image-description=" MikeDotta/Shutterstock ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/shutterstock_437820760-450×300.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/shutterstock_437820760-610×407.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1695054″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/shutterstock_437820760-610×407.jpg” alt width=”610″ height=”407″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/shutterstock_437820760-610×407.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/shutterstock_437820760-75×50.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/shutterstock_437820760-450×300.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/shutterstock_437820760-768×512.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/shutterstock_437820760-120×80.jpg 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/shutterstock_437820760.jpg 1000w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”> Uber Technologies eliminated an additional 3,000 jobs on Monday, closing offices around the world […]

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Uber cuts 23% of its workforce in push for profitability

(Reuters) — Uber will concentrate on its core businesses in ride-hailing and food delivery and cut 23% of its workforce in an attempt to become profitable despite the coronavirus pandemic, Chief Executive Officer Dara Khosrowshahi said in an email to employees on Monday. Uber will cut a total of 6,700 jobs, including the 3,700 it […]

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Once Again, SoftBank’s Deks Are the Best Parts of Its Poor Earnings Reports

In the middle of its worst financial quarter ever, it’s encouraging to know that Japanese tech conglomerate SoftBank refuses to stop using silly and absurd slides in earnings presentations. SoftBank recorded an eye-watering $9 billion loss from March 2019 to 2020, while its $100 billion Vision Fund lost $17.7 billion, $10 billion of that since […]

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Uber rolls out AI to verify drivers are wearing face masks

Uber today announced it will roll out technology to its mobile app to verify whether drivers are wearing a mask. As a part of a new checklist designed to ensure drivers have taken certain safety measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus, the app will apply a computer vision algorithm to drivers’ selfies to detect […]

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Uber Reportedly Wants to Acquire Grubhub

<img data-attachment-id="1684684" data-permalink="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2019/08/center-for-auto-safety-asks-uber-lyft-to-stop-using-recalled-cars/shutterstock_1419224972/" 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”> Uber Technologies has reportedly made an offer to buy Grubhub — a food delivery service that links […]

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Uber open-sources automated design framework for experiments

Uber today released a framework for designing experiments within Pyro, its open source tool for deep probabilistic modeling. The framework leverages machine learning to enable optimal experimental design (OED), a principle based on information theory that enables the automatic selection of designs for complex experiments. With the framework, experimenters can apply OED to a large […]

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Lyft will require drivers and passengers to wear face masks

(Reuters) — Lyft will require both passengers and drivers to wear masks and complete a health certification program, including confirming before each ride that they are not displaying symptoms associated with the novel coronavirus, the company said on Thursday. The move comes as ridesharing companies struggle to maintain revenues with millions of people worldwide under […]

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Uber leads $170 million round in Lime and offloads Jump

Electric scooter company Lime has raised $170 million in a round of funding led by Uber, with participation from Alphabet, Alphabet’s VC arm GV, Bain Capital, among others. As part of the deal, Uber is transferring its electric bike service Jump over to Lime, which will “further expand” its integration with Uber’s mobile app. The […]

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