Uber to ban drivers from working over 12 hours straight

Uber drivers nationwide who work for 12 hours straight will find themselves digitally blacked out from accepting any more rides for the next six hours, the company announced on Monday. The move is meant to prevent dangerous “drowsy driving,” company officials said. “While nearly 60 percent of U.S. drivers use

Tensions are rising between Uber and Lyft

The battle between Uber and Lyft is heating up, both on and off Big Apple streets. Three months after Lyft opened its first permanent office in the city, Uber is doubled down on its Gotham operation, signing a lease for its second Manhattan headquarters — a 35,000-square-foot space on

Lyft probes allegations that employees abused customer data

Lyft is investigating allegations that its employees misused customer information, the U.S. ride-hailing firm said on Thursday. A current or former Lyft employee alleged in an anonymous online post that Lyft employees had tracked rides taken by their romantic partners and pulled information about celebrities such as Facebook CEO

Cuomo’s congestion pricing plan will target for-hire cars and cabs

see also Gov. Cuomo hedged Saturday on endorsing his own panel’s recommendations to charge a toll on all vehicles entering Manhattan below 60th Street. He instead focused on the part of the congestion-pricing plan that targets cabs and for-hire cars like Uber and Lyft and called for lower outer-borough bridge

Ex-Uber CEO reportedly selling 29 percent of his stake

Uber co-founder and former CEO Travis Kalanick plans to sell 29 percent of his stake in the ride-hailing service, a news report said Thursday. The deal is part of a transaction with investors including Softbank Group Corp. and would bring Kalanick about $1.4 billion, Bloomberg reported, citing unidentified sources.

Uber agrees to sell its US auto-leasing busines

Uber has agreed to sell its US auto-leasing business Xchange Leasing to startup car marketplace Fair.com, The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, citing people familiar with the matter. The net book value of Xchange Leasing’s more than 30,000 vehicles was about $400 million, WSJ reported (paywall), citing a

Uber agrees to sell its US auto-leasing busines

Uber has agreed to sell its US auto-leasing business Xchange Leasing to startup car marketplace Fair.com, The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, citing people familiar with the matter. The net book value of Xchange Leasing’s more than 30,000 vehicles was about $400 million, WSJ reported (paywall), citing a

Rising number of people using Uber for hospital trips

Hey Uber, let’s go to the ER! Ambulance use has plunged at least 7 percent nationally since the ride-sharing app hit the market, according to a new study. Researchers compared the number of ambulance rides taken before Uber launched to after it became available in 766 cities in 43 states

Rising number of people using Uber for hospital trips

Hey Uber, let’s go to the ER! Ambulance use has plunged at least 7 percent nationally since the ride-sharing app hit the market, according to a new study. Researchers compared the number of ambulance rides taken before Uber launched to after it became available in 766 cities in 43 states

Here’s another reason why the L train shutdown will suck

Great news for clowns — terrible news for cabbies. Cars will be required to have three or more passengers to drive over the Williamsburg Bridge in rush hours during the upcoming L train shutdown, MTA and city officials announced Wednesday. see also The restrictions — designed to free up more space

$14,000 for a 20-minute Uber ride

A Toronto man was forced to shell out more than $14,400 for a 5-mile Uber ride, when a glitch in surge pricing caused his bill to skyrocket. The passenger posted an image of the overblown receipt — which notes his trip took just 21 minutes — under the Instagram

Uber losses widen as scandals pile up

Uber’s quarterly losses widened, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Tuesday, as the ride-hailing company wades through legal troubles and faces regulatory scrutiny across the globe. The Silicon Valley-based company’s net loss increased to $1.46 billion in the third quarter from $1.06 billion in the previous

Softbank says there’s a “possibility’ it won’t invest in Uber

Japan’s SoftBank Group said on Tuesday it was considering investing in Uber Technologies Inc but there was no final agreement at this stage. “If conditions on share price and a minimum of shares are not satisfactory for the SoftBank Group side, there is a possibility the SoftBank Group may

Softbank says there’s a “possibility’ it won’t invest in Uber

Japan’s SoftBank Group said on Tuesday it was considering investing in Uber Technologies Inc but there was no final agreement at this stage. “If conditions on share price and a minimum of shares are not satisfactory for the SoftBank Group side, there is a possibility the SoftBank Group may

Uber board makes peace to clear way for Softbank investment

Uber’s warring board members have struck a peace deal that allows a multibillion-dollar investment by SoftBank Group to proceed, and which would resolve a legal battle between former Chief Executive Travis Kalanick and a prominent shareholder. Venture capital firm Benchmark, an early investor with a board seat in the

Lyft finally opens a permanent office in New York

Lyft is finally opening a permanent office in New York City. Uber’s smaller ride-hailing rival said it will be setting up shop in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood at 245 West 17th St., with employees slated to begin moving in Tuesday. The new, 11,000-square-foot office, which has a capacity for more than

Google leads $1B investment in Lyft

Lyft announced on Thursday that it has raised $1 billion in a financing round lead by Capital G, the investing arm of Google-parent Alphabet. Capital G partner David Lawee is also joining Lyft’s board. The latest funding round puts the ride hailing company’s value at $11 billion. In the investment announcement, Lyft also

Google leads $1B investment in Lyft

Lyft announced on Thursday that it has raised $1 billion in a financing round lead by Capital G, the investing arm of Google-parent Alphabet. Capital G partner David Lawee is also joining Lyft’s board. The latest funding round puts the ride hailing company’s value at $11 billion. In the investment announcement, Lyft also

Uber appeals London license ban

LONDON – Uber submitted a court appeal on Friday to overturn a decision by London’s transport regulator that stripped the taxi app of its operating license in one of its most important markets. Transport for London (TfL) shocked the Silicon Valley firm last month by deeming it unfit to run a

Uber appeals London license ban

LONDON – Uber submitted a court appeal on Friday to overturn a decision by London’s transport regulator that stripped the taxi app of its operating license in one of its most important markets. Transport for London (TfL) shocked the Silicon Valley firm last month by deeming it unfit to run a

The Uber app can secretly spy on iPhone screens

The Uber app for iOS has been given a unique privilege on the operating system which allows the app to spy on the iPhone’s screen, a researcher has discovered. ZDNet reports that the Uber app can read the screen buffer in iOS, allowing it to view and potentially record anything

Uber CEO apologizes to London

Uber’s new boss apologized to Londoners for the taxi app’s mistakes and pledged to make changes as the Silicon Valley firm tries to overturn a decision to strip it of its license in one of its major markets. The British capital’s transport regulator on Friday deemed Uber unfit to run a

Uber CEO apologizes to London

Uber’s new boss apologized to Londoners for the taxi app’s mistakes and pledged to make changes as the Silicon Valley firm tries to overturn a decision to strip it of its license in one of its major markets. The British capital’s transport regulator on Friday deemed Uber unfit to run a

Uber calls for sit-down after London strips operating license

Uber wants to know how it can get back in business in London. “We’d like to know what we can do . . . to sit down and work together to get this right,” Tom Elvidge, Uber’s general manager in the city, told The Sunday Times of London. Uber’s operating license was

Uber loses license to operate in London

LONDON — London’s transport authority said Friday it won’t renew Uber’s license to operate in the British capital, arguing that it demonstrates a lack of corporate responsibility with implications in public safety and security. Transport for London says the car-hailing app was not “fit and proper to hold a private hire

Uber loses license to operate in London

LONDON — London’s transport authority said Friday it won’t renew Uber’s license to operate in the British capital, arguing that it demonstrates a lack of corporate responsibility with implications in public safety and security. Transport for London says the car-hailing app was not “fit and proper to hold a private hire