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Mass., Conn. Senators Seek Answers About Safety Protocols for Self-Driving Cars

U.S. Senators Edward Markey and Richard Blumenthal are pressing automakers and technology companies that are developing self-driving cars about their safety protocols for test-driving the vehicles. Federal investigators said this week that the system used to automatically apply brakes had …

Uber Ends Self-Driving Program in Arizona Following Fatality

Uber has shut down its self-driving car operation in Arizona two months after a fatal crash involving one of its vehicles, the company said on Wednesday. Uber Technologies Inc is not shuttering its entire autonomous vehicle program and will focus …

Court Revives Challenge to Seattle’s Ridesharing Union Law

A U.S. appeals court has revived a leading business group’s challenge to a Seattle law, the first of its kind, that would allow drivers for ride-hailing services such as Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft to unionize. The San Francisco-based 9th …

Massachusetts Regulators Probe Uber Pricing During Storm

Massachusetts regulators are investigating whether ride-hailing company Uber violated state law by increasing prices during a powerful storm in March. The Boston Herald reports that the Department of Public Utilities, which oversees ride-hailing apps, sent Uber a letter last month …

Arizona Governor Halts Uber’s Self-Driving Car Testing

The governor of Arizona has suspended Uber’s ability to test self-driving cars on public roads in the state following a fatal crash last week that killed a 49-year-old pedestrian. The decision to block Uber Technologies Inc.’s autonomous testing is a …

Brazil Adopts Law Regulating Ride-Hailing Apps, with Insurance Requirement

Brazil President Michel Temer on Monday signed into law a bill regulating car-hailing apps like Uber without vetoing any provisions. The law will allow local governments to institute rules for the services, although Congress had voted to eliminate more stringent …

Uber Drivers in Turkey Fear for Lives After Alleged Attacks by Traditional Cab Drivers

An Uber driver keeps a metal rod close at hand during his daily drives through Istanbul. Alarmed by violent attacks in recent weeks allegedly carried out by angry yellow cab drivers who want Turkey to ban the ride-hailing company, Levent …

Rideshare Drivers Flocking to On-Demand Economy, Poll Shows

First there was the sharing economy, and then the gig economy. Now the buzz phrase to pay attention to may be “on-demand.” The on-demand economy, according to TheOnDemandEconomy.org, is defined as the economic activity created by digital marketplaces that fulfill …

Uber Sued in Pennsylvania After Data Stolen by Hackers Covered Up

The ride-hailing company Uber broke Pennsylvania law when it failed to notify potential victims, including thousands of drivers, for a year after it discovered hackers had stolen their personal information, said the state attorney general, who sued the company Monday. …

Ride-Hailing Rules Among List of New Laws in Connecticut

New rules for ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft are set to take effect in Connecticut with the new year. Starting Monday, such companies must register annually with the Department of Transportation and pay the state annual fees. The …