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Ridesharing Workers of Gig Economy: What Census Numbers Show

How big is the gig economy? The answer depends on how one defines “gig economy.” Because there is no broadly accepted definition and no straightforward way to classify workers or jobs as “gig” or “not gig,” this report will focus …

Hawaii to Allow Rideshare Operators at Honolulu Airport

Hawaii will allow ridesharing services to operate at the Honolulu airport on a permanent basis after changes were approved to administration rules. Uber and Lyft, which the state refers to as transportation network companies, have operated at the Daniel K. …

Gig Firms Want California to Override Court Ruling

Leading gig economy companies including Uber and Lyft are quietly lobbying California’s top Democrats to override or undermine a court ruling that could make many of their contract workers into employees. In April, the California Supreme Court issued a far-reaching …

Lyft Faces Patent Suit by Professor Over Ridesharing Model

A retired Georgia Institute of Technology engineering professor described as a “pioneer” in developing the idea of ride sharing sued Lyft Inc., claiming it infringed his patent for technology underlying the core of its business model. According to a complaint …

Lyft Will Beef Up Background Checks Following California Driver Arrest

Ridesharing company Lyft said Wednesday that it’s beefing up its background checks after a driver arrested for rape was found to be in the United States illegally. The company’s “enhanced detection processes” will apply to new applicants and existing drivers, …

California Suspect in Serial Rapes Was a Lyft Driver

Ridesharing company Lyft said this week that it’s investigating how a former driver now charged in a series of rapes passed a background check even though federal immigration officials say the suspect was living in the country illegally. The San …

Uber Granted 15-Month License to Keep Operating in London

Uber Technologies Inc. was given an 15-month license to operate in London by a judge after the ride-sharing service worked out most of its differences with regulators. Judge Emma Arbuthnot granted the license in a ruling Tuesday. The case stems …

Honolulu Bills Aimed at Taxi, Ridesharing Companies

Officials in Honolulu, Hawaii are introducing two bills that would make regulations on traditional taxicab companies more in line with regulations on ridesharing companies. Taxi companies such as Charley’s, The Cab and EcoCab have voiced disappointment over upstart transportation companies …

Uber Girds for Court Battle to Continue Operating in London

In a TV ad currently airing in the U.K., a young woman leaves a bar alone and prepares to step into an Uber. “I know his license number and he’s made 3,000 trips and speaks four languages,” she says to …

Rivals Uber, Waymo in Talks About Driverless Ride Hailing Partnership

Uber Technologies Inc. is talking with Alphabet Inc.’s autonomous driving unit Waymo about using its technology on Uber’s ride-hailing app, Uber Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi said on Wednesday, signaling a possible thaw in relations between the firms. Khosrowshahi said on …