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Even Robot Drivers Won’t Make Ride-Hailing Cheaper Than Owning a Car: Study

Robots and the future of ride-hailing, Tesla’s plans for expenses and cost cutting, potential spikes in gas prices on U.S. coasts, emissions wars, and more Nissan-Renault drama. All of this and more in The Morning Shift for Friday, May 17, 2019.Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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NYC Becomes First Major City to Cap Uber Cars and Can Set Minimum Wage for Drivers 

New York’s city council on Wednesday imposed a year-long cap on new drivers for Uber and similar ride-hailing app services, as the city conducts a study on the effect of the industry. The council also passed a measure to consider a minimum wage for drivers, the first of its kind in the U.S. Read more… […]

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How New York Became the Center of the Fight Against Uber and the Gig Economy Lie

The scene outside of New York City Hall in late May was several years in the making. Dozens of taxi and livery drivers from across the city had joined together outside the ornate structure to call for immediate action to a growing crisis. A fifth driver in the city had committed suicide in recent days, […]

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Even UberPool is Making Traffic Worse in Cities 

One of the main talking points about Uber and Lyft is that, by getting more people to take taxi rides instead of drive, congestion would ease up everywhere. That hasn’t happened. And now, according to a new study, it appears Uber and Lyft’s services to pool riders into cars, with the ostensible purpose of helping…Read […]

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NYC Study Backs Minimum Wage Of $17.22 For Uber, Lyft Drivers (Updated)

Activists in New York City have been calling for officials to support increased wages for financially-struggling drivers, as at least six have committed suicide in recent months after falling into debt. Now, a new study from the city’s taxi commission is offering one potential policy change, calling for a $17.22…Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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A Sixth New York City Taxi Driver Has Committed Suicide After Falling Into Debt 

A sixth New York City cab driver has committed suicide after falling into significant financial straits. It’s the latest in a string of deaths that, according to driver advocates, is connected to the proliferation of ride-hailing apps in the city like Uber and Lyft.Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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GM Dumped $500 Million Into Lyft But It’s Not Really Working Out

Both General Motors and Lyft have ambitious goals to commercialize autonomous taxis in some way, but after teaming up more than two years ago, with the former investing $500 million in the latter, it seems they’ll no longer be pursuing that endeavor together.Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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Volkswagen’s New CEO Will Get A Heads-Up If The U.S. Charges Him Over Dieselgate

Good morning! Welcome to The Morning Shift, your roundup of the auto news you crave, all in one place every weekday morning. Here are the important stories you need to know.Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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VW Will Create A Huge Taxi Service With China’s Biggest Ride-Hailing Company: Report

Practically every major automaker has some sort of plan to develop an Uber-like service of the future, and if a report from Reuters is accurate, Volkswagen has a massive project of its own in the works. VW plans to form a joint venture with China’s largest ride-hailing company that would involve developing vehicles…Read more… Continue […]

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Uber Wants To Be Everything Now

A month after an Uber-owned autonomous car struck and killed a pedestrian in Arizona, the ride-hailing giant is stepping back into the limelight to announce it wants to be everything. No, really. On Wednesday, the company announced it’s expanding a newly-acquired bike-sharing service, launching a new car-sharing…Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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California Lays Out Proposal For Driverless Cars To Pick Up And Transport Passengers

The fledgling autonomous car industry is facing intense scrutiny right now, after two crashes last month involving an Uber-owned autonomous car and a semi-autonomous Tesla Model X ended with fatalities. Nevertheless, California is laying out a framework for companies to legally pick up passengers in driverless…Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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Uber Wanted To Put You In A Driverless Car By The End Of The Year

The New Yorker has a very long profile out today on Uber’s CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, that focuses on his effort to transition the company away from the unseemly culture fostered by its previous leader, Travis Kalanick. Way at the bottom is a mention to this month’s terrible story involving an Uber-owned autonomous car…Read more… Continue […]

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LIDAR Maker Velodyne Blames Uber In Fatal Self-Driving Car Crash

Investigators examining this week’s fatal crash involving a pedestrian struck by a self-driving Uber are scrutinizing the vehicle’s automated driving technology, and why it didn’t register a pedestrian in the middle of the road before the collision. On Friday, Velodyne, which makes LIDAR sensors used by Uber, said its…Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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