Today's newly minted partnership is mutually beneficial; Uber gets the money, and Toyota gets new opportunities to sell cars.Additionally, Toyota will offer a special fleet program to sell Toyota and Lexus vehicles to Uber.Going globalUber says Toyota vehicles are some of the most popular cars used by its drivers, and that this team up will help expand the ridesharing platform around the world.Technology is also a focus of both firms as they collaborate on bringing in-car apps to support Uber drivers.Note that GM invested half a billion dollars in Lyft to bring an autonomous ridesharing fleet to fruition.Most notably, Apple invested $1 billion into Chinese ridesharing service, Didi Chuxing earlier this month.
View photosMoreThe logo of Toyota is seen at a showroom in Jakarta, Indonesia February 24, 2016.Picture taken February 24.REUTERS/Beawiharta Reuters - Toyota Motor Corp said on Tuesday it will partner with on-demand ride company Uber to explore ridesharing and will make a strategic investment in the company.As part of the partnership, Toyota would create new leasing options in which car purchasers can lease their vehicles from Toyota Financial Services and cover their payments through earnings generated as Uber drivers.Toyota is making the strategic investment through its unit Toyota Financial Services Corporation and Mirai Creation Investment Limited Partnership.Reporting by Radhika Rukmangadhan in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila
Toyota Motor and Uber have entered into a memorandum of understanding to explore a collaboration, starting with trials in countries where ridesharing is expanding.The companies will also look to develop in-car apps and the setting up of a special fleet programme to sell Toyota and Lexus vehicles to Uber.Meanwhile, Volkswagen had made a $300m strategic investment in Uber competitor Gett, which is available in over 60 countries globally including London, Moscow and New York.On-demand mobility firm Gett will further expand its market presence with Volkswagen support.The partnership is based on a joint growth strategy to expand on-demand mobility services in Europe.Gett founder and CEO Shahar Waiser said: "The pay-per-ride domain is growing rapidly.
Uber and Lyft, the two big mobile taxi firms in the U.S., have both mentioned a future for their services that does not include humans.Blacklane, a German Uber-alternative, has a different view on the future.See Also: IBM s Watson-powered Olli knows where you want to go When autonomous cars arrive, they drivers will have the time to concentrate on different things more often, said Wohltorf.The mobile taxi firm may also look to take advantage of the self-driving car craze by offering a service that only uses human drivers.In the interim between semi-autonomous and fully driverless, we expect to see many of these services crop up, running on the fear people have of an autonomous system driving them around the city.Fears of autonomy in the automotive industry are definitely real.
It must be tough to be a taxi driver today, seeing your business threatened by ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft.Rental car companies are losing business traveler patronage as well, according to Venture Beat.The shift in business travel usage patterns has been dramatic during the past two years, which Certify documented by analyzing more than 10 million travel receipts and expense reports.In the second quarter of 2014, taxis provided 73.70 percent of business rides, Uber 25.96 percent, and Lyft was barely on the scoreboard at 0.34 percent.Just two years later, in the second quarter of 2016, Uber led the pack with 72.53 percent, followed by taxis at 22.27 percent, and Lyft with the greatest rate of increase but still the lowest market share at 5.20 percent.The headline here is that taxi use by business travelers took a 51-percent market share hit in just two years.
Google Maps increases in ridesharing services, adding Lyft and Gett.Google Maps have announced the inclusion of ridesharing services Lyft and Gett on both iOS and Android.Maps will include estimated fares and wait times when searching in cities within the United States.The feature will have a built-in button on the app to allow users to order a Lyft ride, along with a similar one for ordering a Gett ride in New York City - the only city where Gett is seen to operate within the U.S.Along with Google s ridesharing service for Uber, which was integrated in 2014, Google Maps now offers a total of nine options of different ridesharing services in 60 different countries.With the inclusion of other services in the Google Maps app, not only does it become more useful for users but the addition of services like Lyft is said to also make the service more comprehensive.
It wouldn t be an overstatement to say Uber wants to be almost everything to everyone, transportation-wise.In a recent post in the Uber newsroom blog the company makes a point that, while some riders view Uber as a single-purpose transportation solution, there are many ways riders can use Uber to get from point A to point B.According to Uber, many riders view Uber as a vacation or weekend ride and don t consider ridesharing for commuting or running everyday errands.Admitting that public transportation still has its place, Uber sees its role as a complementary service, especially for commuters.The company cites a March 2016 Shared-Use Mobility Center SUMC study conducted for the American Public Transportation Association APTA .The SUMC study, titled Shared Mobility and the Transformation of Public Transit, has four key findings, all of which favor ridesharing.
Ride-sharing apps rumble with regulation keeps on clocking up the mileage… Both Uber and Lyft have been hit with a court injunction banning their activity in Philadelphia, following complaints by the local taxi industry.Local media reports the injunction against the pair was ordered by a Common Pleas Court judge yesterday, and went into effect immediately — although both companies say they will continue to operate while they appeal the order.In a statement regarding the injunction Uber also calls for statewide ridesharing legislation to be enacted as soon as possible :While our appeal is pending at the Commonwealth Court, Uber will remain available for riders and drivers.This situation makes it clear that Harrisburg needs to act: Pennsylvania must have permanent, statewide ridesharing legislation as soon as possible.In its response Lyst also urges a statewide solution to put ridesharing on a legal footing in the region, while also complaining of not being given an opportunity to respond to the specific suit in question:
Drivers often work for more than one company and often complain they don t make enough to support their families.Fasten, a relatively new ridesharing service based in Boston but already branching out, is taking a novel approach to the business, part of which involves charging drivers a $1 flat fee per ride, as reported in Fast Company.Drivers for both companies are considered self-employed contractors — even though many drivers take exception and are suing to be considered employees.Fasten, however, considers riders and drivers to both be paying customers, and charges both.At the end of the day, we sell a piece of information to a driver who is the actual service provider, says Vlad Christoff, Fasten s co-founder and COO.They move riders in the physical world from point A to point B.
Volkswagen may be persona non grata here in the U.S., stuck with hundreds of millions of dollars in fines and unsure of when it can begin selling diesel vehicles again, but that s certainly not stopping the German automaker from looking elsewhere when it comes to expansion efforts.And now, it looks like its sites are set on Africa.In fact, the car company has plans to produce cars in both Kenya and Rwanda, and even kick off a ridesharing service in the Rwandan capital of Kigali.Given that transportation giants like Uber have yet to penetrate much of the African market, this could be a smart move for Volkswagen as it attempts to diversify its offerings.Indeed, Uber already faces growing competition in developing nations — Didi Chuxing managed to kick Uber out of China, and now, Volkswagen may have a foothold in Rwanda ahead of the San Francisco-based ridesharing service.While Uber has a presence in Kenya, it hasn t been there long it only launched in early 2015 , and is already encountering local competition.
Taxis are a way of life in New York City largely in part because that s simply how transportation needs have been met for decades.The advent of ridesharing platforms like Lyft and Uber, however, has given those in the Big Apple options that are seemingly far superior to taxis in virtually every measurable category.Just how much better are these modern solutions, you ask?According to research recently published by MIT s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory CSAIL , a fleet of just 3,000 four-passenger cars could serve 98 percent of taxi demand in New York City with an average wait time of 2.7 minutes compared to the nearly 14,000 taxis that currently service the city.What s more, MIT s algorithm revealed that 95 percent of demand could be covered by just 2,000 10-person vehicles.As Professor Daniela Rus notes, the key to reducing the number of vehicles on NYC roads is to transport more than one person at a time.
Uber finds itself in the headlines for the wrong reasons after Texas resident Sarah Milburn filed a lawsuit against the ridesharing service and Honda, reports Dallas News.Milburn was in the backseat of a Honda Odyssey when her Uber driver, Arian Yusufzai, allegedly ran a red light and crashed into a Ford F-150.According to Dallas police and a police report, the pickup driver, not the Uber driver, was charged with causing an accident that resulted in serious bodily injury.Unfortunately, that injury was Milburn s paralysis, which left her a quadriplegic.As a result of the accident, Milburn and her parents filed a lawsuit against Uber, Honda, Yusufzai, and Dawood Kohistanti, the van s owner.The lawsuit alleges that Honda and Uber failed to provide Milburn with the safety she reasonably expected, and as a result, she was catastrophically injured and faces a lifetime of physical impairment and challenges.
Uber will work with Daimler to use the firm s self-driving cars on its ridesharing network over the coming years.The agreement is the second Uber has signed with a car firm, having partnered with Volvo in August 2016 to retrofit a fleet of XC90 SUVs with Uber s autonomous technology.The deal with Daimler, however, is different.Uber said that rather than building self-driving cars itself, it would instead partner with auto manufacturers.In a blog post announcing the deal, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick explained the partnership should help the ridesharing company introduce self-driving cars sooner than planned.Auto manufacturers like Daimler are crucial to our strategy because Uber has no experience making cars—and in fact, making cars is really hard, Kalanick said.
That’s according to Uber board member (and former HuffPost editor in chief) Arianna Huffington, who told reporters on a conference call Tuesday that the ride-hailing company’s board doesn’t anticipate asking Kalanick to step down.“The fact is that the board has confidence in Travis and we are proceeding ahead with the search for the COO,” Huffington said, responding to a reporter’s question about whether Kalanick would step down if he were asked.“This is a completely hypothetical question.It has not taken place.”It’s been a tumultuous couple weeks for Uber, with DeleteUber protests that led to the loss of hundreds of thousands of users, a potentially devastating lawsuit from competitor Waymo alleging theft of trade secrets, claims by former employees of a work culture that tolerates sexual harassment, and ― most damaging to Kalanick personally ― the emergence of a video of Kalanick angrily telling off an Uber driver upset by compensation changes.On Sunday, Uber president (and second in command) Jeff Jones abruptly resigned.
More bad news for Uber: one of the ride-hailing giant’s self-driving Volvo SUVs has been involved in a crash in Arizona — apparently leaving the vehicle flipped onto its side, and with damage to at least two other human-driven cars in the vicinity.The aftermath of the accident is pictured in photos and a video posted to Twitter by a user of @FrescoNews, a service for selling content to news outlets.According to the company’s tweets, the collision happened in Tempe, Arizona, and no injuries have yet been reported.We’ve reached out to the company with questions and will update this story with any response.The third-gen self-driving test cars were redeployed to Arizona from San Francisco in December, after Uber refused to bend to California regulators’ will and seek a permit for testing autonomous driving in the state.It claimed it does not need the permit as all its self-driving test vehicles have a human driver in them too.
(Reuters) - Driverless vehicles operated by Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] were back on the road in San Francisco on Monday after one of its self-driving cars crashed in Arizona, the ride-hailing company said.Uber’s autonomous vehicles in Arizona and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, remained grounded but were expected to be operating again soon, according to a spokeswoman for the company, who refused to be identified.“We are resuming our development operations in San Francisco this morning,” she said in an email.Uber’s San Francisco program is currently in development mode.It has two cars registered with the California Department of Motor Vehicles, but is not transporting passengers.The spokeswoman said because of this, the company felt confident in putting the cars back on the road while it investigates the collision in Arizona.
It’s only been four days since Uber suspended its self-driving vehicle program, the response to a crash in Tempe, Arizona that saw one of its SUVs flip on its side following a collision with another vehicle.But the ride-hailing firm is wasting no time getting its fleet back on the road.An Uber spokeswoman confirmed testing has already resumed in San Francisco.The Uber representative told Reuters that following a brief investigation into Friday's incident, the autonomous cars had been cleared for their return to the roads.The program restarted in San Francisco yesterday, and the program will resume in Pittsburgh and Arizona “soon.”Tempe police say the Uber vehicle was not at fault.
But that regulatory standoff ended this month when the company reversed course and said it would secure a permit after all.The goal of the training program, it reads, “is to ensure that Vehicle Operators are able to smoothly transition between any operations with advanced driver assistance systems engaged and manual driving.” (That’s a relevant point after an accident last weekend in Arizona involving one of Uber’s self-driving Volvos.)How To Get Your Self-Driving Car LicenseParticularly, according to the program, new operators are tasked with shadowing experienced operators on both closed courses and public road activities.It’s not clear how much time the prospective operator spends behind the wheel, or if they’re also splitting time in the passenger’s seat.But the program says if a trainee falls below a “certain evaluated score” by the end of the week, “they do not proceed in the training program.”
Uber is asking a federal court that most of the claims of a lawsuit filed by rival self-driving car developer Waymo should be settled through arbitration, a process that is usually private, and cheaper and faster than a federal lawsuit.The ride-hailing company is referring to Waymo’s own arbitration proceedings against a former engineer who later joined Uber as the basis for its argument in favor of arbitration to resolve the dispute.Waymo filed a suit last month in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, alleging that the former employee Anthony Levandowski stole trade secrets relating to self-driving cars before leaving to start Otto, a self-driving trucking company that was later acquired by Uber.Other former Waymo employees who left for Uber and Otto were also found downloading sensitive files, Waymo alleged.“Waymo’s trade secret and unfair competition claims must be referred to arbitration because they arise out of, relate to, and result from Levandowski’s employment,” Uber has submitted in a filing on Wednesday.The employment agreements Waymo signed with Levandowski require arbitration of all disputes “with anyone” that arise out of, relate to, or result from Levandowski’s employment, according to the filing.
Didi Chuxing is gearing up to absorb more public transportation data into its platform as the Chinese ride-sharing giant sees itself beating rival Uber Technologies in the race to commercialise self-driving cars.“Didi is the best platform to commercialise self-driving cars because we have a lot of data generated by a huge number of ride-hailing users.Our platform can provide 20 million trips per day, which is much more than Uber provides,” said Zhang Wensong, senior vice president of Beijing-based Didi.According to Zhang, self-driving cars can be quite expensive to use in the early stage.But Didi, which offers a full range of mobility options, including taxi hailing, private car hailing, social ride-sharing, can lower costs by enabling people to carpool via its app.Didi as well as other Chinese tech companies and carmakers are competing in autonomous driving with the likes of Google and Uber in the United States, Daimler in Germany and Nissan in Japan as automakers gear up to mass produce self-driving cars around 2020.