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Satire | Top 10 considerations for an Uber Copter future

Satire | Top 10 considerations for an Uber Copter future

By Alex Dolinger, Staff Columnist

October 31, 2019

The future is upon us, my friends. Uber announced in July the beginnings of helicopter services in New York City to and from JFK Airport for $200, with plans to expand and make aerial ridesharing available to the masses by as early as 2023. This rich nonsense has me imagining a future where ordering ...

Makers of driverless cars want Congress to free them from state safety standards

A Waymo self-driving autonomous vehicle in Tempe, Ariz., on February 3, 2018. (Kristoffer Tripplaar/Sipa USA/TNS)

By Eliza Fawcett, Los Angeles Times

July 12, 2018

The House passed a bill last fall and similar legislation is pending in the Senate. Both aim to boost the driverless car industry by streamlining rules and preventing states from imposing their own safety and performance standards.

Editorial: Data breach proves Uber needs oversight

Uber paid two hackers a sum of $100,000 to delete the information they collected in a data breach which compromised more than 600,000 Uber accounts last October. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

December 4, 2017

If you took a ride with Uber before last year, your personal data may have passed into and out of the hands of hackers — and before two weeks ago, you wouldn’t have even known. According to a Nov. 21 memo from Dara Khosrowshahi, Uber’s recently installed chief executive, the company fell victim to a hack last October that compromised the p...

Judge temporarily blocks Seattle law allowing Uber and Lyft drivers to unionize

By David Gutman | The Seattle Times (TNS)

April 4, 2017

SEATTLE — A federal judge in Seattle has temporarily blocked the city’s first-in-the-nation law that attempts to allow Uber, Lyft and taxi drivers to unionize. The law, passed in 2015, had been scheduled to go into effect this week. Seattle’s law, the first of its kind in the country, allows Uber, Lyft and tax...

Uber reveals for the first time how white and male its workers are

By Paresh Dave | Los Angeles Times (TNS)

March 28, 2017

Uber Technologies Inc. shed light on the gender and racial diversity of its workforce for the first time Tuesday, releasing a batch of data that even its recruiters reportedly couldn’t access. The numbers show the ride-hailing giant is enduring the same struggles as much of the tech industry to...

Uber’s self-driving cars leave drivers behind

Terry Tan / Senior Staff Ilustrator.

By Kirsten Wong / Opinions Editor

September 1, 2016

Uber is about to become Pittsburgh’s next success story, but the drivers who made that success possible likely won’t be along for the ride. Uber’s first foray into Pittsburgh was in 2014 when it opened the first Uber Advanced Technologies Center. The company has rolled out a number of initiative...

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