Articles by Eric Newcomer and Julie Verhage

Rideshare Firms Eye New Safety Measures for Riders, Drivers

If you sit in an Uber car for too long, the ride-hailing company plans to check up on you to make sure all is OK. That’s one of several new features Uber Technologies Inc. unveiled on Wednesday meant to make …

Uber Halts Road Tests After Autonomous Car Hits, Kills Pedestrian in Arizona

Uber Technologies Inc. halted autonomous vehicle tests after one of its cars struck and killed a woman in Tempe, Arizona, in what is likely the first pedestrian fatality involving the technology. The woman was crossing the road outside of a …

Uber Paid Hackers to Hide Breach of 50 Million Customer, Driver Records

Hackers stole the personal data of 57 million customers and drivers from Uber Technologies Inc., a massive breach that the company concealed for more than a year. This week, the ride-hailing firm ousted its chief security officer and one of …

Uber CEO Claims Venture Capital Lawsuit Against Him Should Go to Arbitration

Ex-Uber Technologies Inc. Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick said the lawsuit brought by venture-capital firm Benchmark seeking his ouster from the company’s board should be heard in private arbitration. In a letter Monday to a Delaware judge, an attorney for …

Ride-Hail Firm Lyft Enters Race to Manufacture Autonomous Cars

Ride-hailing provider Lyft Inc., emboldened by public stumbles by larger rival Uber Technologies Inc., is taking the leap into developing its own fully autonomous vehicles. Lyft is opening a self-driving vehicle development facility in Palo Alto, California, called “Level 5,” …

Uber Builds Toronto AI Team, as It Awaits Outcome of Autonomous Car Lawsuit

Uber Technologies Inc., in the midst of legal battle with Alphabet Inc. over self-driving car technology, is building a new artificial intelligence team in Toronto to help improve its autonomous vehicle software. The team will be part of Uber’s Advanced …

Uber Halts Autonomous Vehicle Testing After Arizona Accident

Uber Technologies Inc. is suspending its self-driving car program after one of its autonomous vehicles was involved in a high-impact crash in Tempe, Arizona, the latest incident for a company reeling from multiple crises. In a photo posted on Twitter, …

California Attorney General Warns Uber over Self-Driving Cars

California Attorney General Kamala Harris has told Uber Technologies Inc. to pull its self-driving cars from San Francisco’s streets or it will seek a court order forcing it do so, saying the ride-hailing company needs a permit under autonomous vehicle …

Uber’s ‘Self-Driving’ Cars Already Roaming Streets of San Francisco

Uber Technologies Inc. continues to dive head first into autonomous vehicles. Just don’t call them that in California. Starting today, Uber is letting customers in San Francisco hop in a self-driving car, if they’re lucky enough to hail one. There’s …

This Bud’s for Uber’s Self-Driving Truck Road Test

A tractor trailer full of beer drove itself down Colorado’s I-25 last week with nobody behind the wheel. Uber Technologies Inc. and Anheuser-Busch InBev NV teamed up on the delivery, which they said is the first time a self-driving truck …