Author: andrew-j-hawkins

Uber’s attempt to block Seattle drivers from unionizing has failed

A Washington state judge put the brakes on Uber’s attempt to block the city of Seattle from implementing a landmark law allowing freelance drivers for ride-hailing companies to unionize, according… – The Verge

March 21st, 2017 Tech News, The Verge

A major Middle Eastern airline just banned the use of electronics after the US voiced security ‘concerns’

Royal Jordanian airlines banned the use of electronics on flights servicing the US after government officials here expressed concerns. Details are scant, but CNN is reporting that other carriers… – The Verge

March 20th, 2017 Tech News, The Verge

California is warming up to self-driving cars without a human driver

A little over a year ago, the California Department of Motor Vehicles issued draft regulations that would have put the kibosh on autonomous vehicles without a human driver, such as Google’s… – The Verge

March 10th, 2017 Tech News, The Verge

Alphabet’s Waymo asks judge to block Uber from using self-driving car secrets

Waymo, Alphabet’s self-driving spinoff from Google, is formally asking a judge to block Uber from operating its autonomous vehicles, according to new documents filed in Waymo’s lawsuit against… – The Verge

March 10th, 2017 Tech News, The Verge

Alphabet’s Waymo asks judge to block Uber’s self-driving car project

Waymo, Alphabet’s self-driving spinoff from Google, is formally asking a judge to block Uber from operating its autonomous vehicles, according to new documents filed in Waymo’s lawsuit against… – The Verge

March 10th, 2017 Tech News, The Verge

Volkswagen reportedly pleads guilty to cheating diesel emissions test in the US

Volkswagen has pled guilty to criminal charges that it cheated diesel emissions tests in the US, according to Reuters. The guilty plea comes as part of a $4.3 billion settlement reached with the… – The Verge

March 10th, 2017 Tech News, The Verge

Up close with Aston Martin’s Valkyrie, a hypercar fit for a Norse god

On Monday, The Verge revealed the name of the Aston Martin-Red Bull collaborative hypercar, the Valkyrie. Cool name, cool car.
Now, our man at the Geneva Auto Show, Vlad Savov, has gotten up close… – The Verge

March 9th, 2017 Tech News, The Verge

Cadillac’s CTS sedans can now ‘talk’ to each other, which may make driving way less deadly

General Motors announced today that all of its new 2017 Cadillac CTS sedans would come equipped with “vehicle-to-vehicle” technology that will allow them to communicate with other similar models… – The Verge

March 9th, 2017 Tech News, The Verge

Lyft says it’s expanding to new US cities faster than expected

A little over a month ago, Lyft announced plans to launch in 100 new cities in the US by the end of 2017. Today, the ride-hail company said that it has reached that goal — nine months ahead of… – The Verge

March 9th, 2017 Tech News, The Verge

Didi beat Uber in China and now it’s opening an R&D center on its turf

Didi Chuxing, the ride-hail app that bought Uber’s Chinese business last summer after a lengthy and expensive battle, is now opening an R&D center in Uber’s backyard. Didi Labs will be based in… – The Verge

March 8th, 2017 Tech News, The Verge

Didi beat Uber in China and now it’s opening an R&D center on its turf

Didi Chuxing, the ride-hail app that bought Uber’s Chinese business last summer after a lengthy and expensive battle, is now opening an R&D center in Uber’s backyard. Didi Labs will be based in… – The Verge

March 8th, 2017 Tech News, The Verge

Didi beat Uber in China and now it’s opening an R&D center on its turf

Didi Chuxing, the ride-hail app that bought Uber’s Chinese business last summer after a lengthy and expensive battle, is now opening an R&D center in Uber’s backyard. Didi Labs will be based in… – The Verge

March 8th, 2017 Tech News, The Verge

Lamborghini’s Huracán Performante looks like a demon in Dreamsicle orange

The Verge‘s man in Geneva, Vlad Savov, just had a very close encounter with a very beautiful car. This is Lamborghini’s Huracán Performante, which looks exactly like the regular Huracán, which is… – The Verge

March 7th, 2017 Tech News, The Verge

Lyft will now let you hail a ride for your smartphone-less grandmother

Lyft launched a new developer program today that will allow people to arrange rides for someone who doesn’t have a Lyft account or even a smartphone. The new service, in which a developer can… – The Verge

March 7th, 2017 Tech News, The Verge

This self-driving van concept from Volkswagen looks like a pissed-off toaster

This is Sedric, Volkswagen’s newest concept for the future of autonomous driving. Sedric (as in self-driving car, get it?) is fully autonomous, meaning it has no steering wheel or pedals, and it… – The Verge

March 6th, 2017 Tech News, The Verge

GM will now let you “share” a car for a whole month, parking and insurance included

Maven, the car-sharing company spun-off from General Motors last year, is launching a new monthly service for its users in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Previously, Maven only offered hourly or… – The Verge

March 3rd, 2017 Tech News, The Verge

Uber concedes to DMV, says it will apply for self-driving permit in California

Uber will apply for a permit in California to test its self-driving cars on public roads, after previously butting heads with the state’s DMV over whether the rules applied to the company’s fleet… – The Verge

March 2nd, 2017 Tech News, The Verge

Tesla engineer alleges ‘unwanted and pervasive harassment’ in lawsuit against electric carmaker

A female Tesla engineer is suing the electric carmaker for “unwanted and pervasive harassment,” alleging that she and several other female employees were denied promotions, paid less than their… – The Verge

February 28th, 2017 Tech News, The Verge

Ford wants to launch drones from self-driving vans to deliver all your crap

Ford unveiled a new concept at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today: an electric self-driving delivery van that can launch a fleet of drones to pick up and drop off packages in hard-to-reach… – The Verge

February 28th, 2017 Tech News, The Verge

Trump administration is reevaluating Obama era rules for self-driving cars

US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said Sunday that she would be reevaluating the Obama administration’s rules for self-driving cars and challenged the automotive and technology industries to… – The Verge

February 27th, 2017 Tech News, The Verge

Uber dismissed warnings about its illegal self-driving test for months, emails show

California DMV urged Uber to get into compliance four months before it launched its short-lived experiment in self-driving – The Verge

February 27th, 2017 Tech News, The Verge

Uber calls Waymo’s lawsuit alleging stolen self-driving tech ‘baseless’

Uber rejected the allegations that it stole Google’s self-driving car technology Friday, calling the lawsuit from the search giant’s autonomous vehicle spinoff “baseless” and vowing to “vigorously”… – The Verge

February 24th, 2017 Tech News, The Verge

Alphabet’s Waymo sues Uber for allegedly stealing self-driving car secrets

Waymo, the self-driving car company spun-off late last year by Google, is suing Uber and its self-driving truck company Otto, claiming the ride-hail giant stole its key technology.
According to a… – The Verge

February 23rd, 2017 Tech News, The Verge

Early Uber investors put the company on blast for its response to harassment scandal

Mitch Kapor and Freada Kapor Klein, two married venture capitalists who were early investors in Uber, published a scathing indictment today of the ride-hailing company’s decision to tap a team of… – The Verge

February 23rd, 2017 Tech News, The Verge