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Uber was hacked in 2016, paid to have breach deleted

Uber CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, has admitted the company suffered a huge privacy breach in 2016, with reports alleging the hackers were paid a ransom to keep it quiet. Khosrowshahi, who wasn't in charge of Uber when the breach occurred, says the two of the employees who led the response to the hack have been fired...

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Volvo wins Uber self-driving contract
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Volvo wins Uber self-driving contract

Volvo has won a contract to deliver tens-of-thousands of XC90 SUVs to Uber. The cars will be modified for autonomous driving, with a delivery date some time between 2019 and 2021. Estimates from the Financial Times suggest the deal could be worth more than US$1.9 billion ($2.5 billion). According to Uber, the key to its Volvo deal is flexibility...


Uber to work with NASA on flying taxi management systems
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Uber to work with NASA on flying taxi management systems

Uber will work with NASA on systems to safely manage and control autonomous flying taxi routes. In interviews with the US media overnight, including Bloomberg, Jeff Holden, Uber's chief product officer, confirmed the ride-hailing company had signed an agreement to work with NASA on "unmanned traffic management" systems...


General Motors says ride-sharing economy unlikely to affect sales
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General Motors says ride-sharing economy unlikely to affect sales

General Motors says the rise of the ride-sharing economy is unlikely to have a negative impact on its long-term business, not only because the brand is involved with helping power that automotive shift directly, but also because it believes ride-sharing will cap out in due time...


Uber fires head of self-driving car development in midst of legal battle with Google
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Uber fires head of self-driving car development in midst of legal battle with Google

Uber has fired Anthony Levandowski, the engineer who formerly headed up the company's self-driving car development team. Overnight, Uber confirmed to The New York Times it had fired its star engineer. Levandowski is at the centre of a court case launched earlier this year by Waymo, Google's autonomous vehicle arm, against Uber...


Google's Waymo teams up with Lyft on self-driving cars - report
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Google's Waymo teams up with Lyft on self-driving cars - report

Waymo, Google's self-driving vehicle division, and Lyft, the ride-sharing app, have agreed to work together on autonomous cars. Both companies have confirmed the deal to The New York Times, although details about the scope of the agreement have not yet been revealed...


CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for April 28, 2017
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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for April 28, 2017

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


Uber planning to launch flying taxis by 2020 in Dallas and Dubai
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Uber planning to launch flying taxis by 2020 in Dallas and Dubai

Uber has announced plans to expand beyond its ride-hailing smartphone app and its autonomous vehicle research into a new flying taxi service. According to Reuters, Jeff Holden, Uber's chief product officer, told the Uber Elevate Summit in Dallas earlier this week that the company plans to launch its flying taxi service in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, and Dubai, United Arab Emirates, by 2020...


CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for March 31, 2017
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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for March 31, 2017

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


Uber suspends autonomous driving project after crash - UPDATE
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Uber suspends autonomous driving project after crash - UPDATE

UPDATE: Uber appears to have rolled its autonomous XC90 back onto its wheels, with Reuters reporting the company's self-driving development project is now back in testing after police gave it the all-clear. As before, the company is understood to have resumed testing in Tempe, San Francisco and Pittsburgh...


Google's Waymo sues Uber for stealing its self-driving car technology
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Google's Waymo sues Uber for stealing its self-driving car technology

Google's Waymo self-driving car division has launched legal action against Uber and its Otto subsidiary, claiming that employees at the ride-sharing company have stolen designs, patent details and other information from the search giant. In a detailed post on Medium about the matter, the allegations by Waymo centre around Anthony Levandowski, who in February 2016 co-founded Otto, an autonomous vehicle technology company that was later bought out by Uber...


Uber admits that its self-driving cars illegally cut across bike lanes
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Uber admits that its self-driving cars illegally cut across bike lanes

Uber has admitted that its self-driving vehicles perform illegal and potentially dangerous right turns. In an email to The Guardian, an Uber spokeswoman admitted that its self-driving cars have a "problem" when they turn across bike lanes, but said that the ride-sharing firm was working on a fix...


Uber ordered to stop autonomous car tests in California, caught running red light
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Uber ordered to stop autonomous car tests in California, caught running red light

California has ordered Uber to stop trialling self-driving cars in the state, as it does not have necessary permits to do so. Earlier this week, Uber announced that it would be bringing a small number of autonomous Volvo XC90 SUVs to its home town. Some of these vehicles will be assigned to pick up and drop off customers who request an UberX car...


Volkswagen to take on Uber with Moia brand and new autonomous EV
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Volkswagen to take on Uber with Moia brand and new autonomous EV

German automotive giant Volkswagen has announced its new 'Moia' mobility services brand, which aims to be one of the top-three mobility services in 10 years time. Set to challenge ride-sharing services like Uber, Moia will also at some point offer its own electric passenger vehicle as part of the Volkswagen Group's electric vehicle onslaught...


Uber launches in Tasmania, NT the only remaining holdout
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Uber launches in Tasmania, NT the only remaining holdout

Acceptance of car-based public transport upstart Uber is growing in Australia, with Tasmania the latest region to welcome the company and others using the same 'ride-sharing' business model. The news follows confirmation that Tasmania had been exploring the case, together with the state's peak motoring body, RACT, for legalising the popular service...


Important: Uber delivers beer with self-driving truck
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Important: Uber delivers beer with self-driving truck

If your goal is to win people over to the idea of driverless cars, this could prove a clever strategy. Otto, a self-driving technology company acquired by Uber in July, made the world's first commercial beer delivery in an autonomous truck earlier this month...


CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for August 26
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for August 26

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


Uber legalised in Victoria, levy planned for taxi licence buy-back
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Uber legalised in Victoria, levy planned for taxi licence buy-back

Ride-sharing service Uber has received the green light in Victoria for its ride-sharing Uber X service, as part of the state government’s plans to regulate the commercial passenger vehicle industry. Although it's a widely-used service, Uber had not received official approval from the Victorian government until this week...


CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for August 19
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for August 19

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


Volvo and Uber team up to work on autonomous vehicles
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Volvo and Uber team up to work on autonomous vehicles

Overnight Volvo and Uber announced that they will join forces to develop the next generation of autonomous vehicles. According to Volvo, the two companies will "establish a joint project that will develop new base vehicles that will be able to incorporate the latest developments in [autonomous driving] technologies, up to and including fully autonomous driverless cars"...