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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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About 75% Of Uber And Lyft Drivers Earn Less Than Minimum Wage: MIT Study 

Uber and Lyft drivers earn $3.37 per hour on average, while nearly 75 percent of drivers earn less than minimum wage in their state, according to a new study out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Already companies have criticized the findings, with Uber calling the methodology “deeply flawed.” Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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Ride-Hailing Apps Were Never Going To Fix Traffic 

Over the last few years, Uber and Lyft have made it abundantly clear they believe ride-hailing services can and will reduce traffic congestion in cities. Private car ownership in cities will all but end by 2025, one exec said. There’ll be “no more traffic in Boston in five years,” another said. But more and more…Read […]

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Nissan’s Starting Tests For An Autonomous Taxi Service Next Month In Japan 

Uber, Lyft, Google’s Waymo—much of the auto industry’s shown a recent interest in launching taxi services of their own, with the hope of one day operating fully-autonomous cars without a driver. Next month, Nissan joins the crowded field, as the automaker plans to launch a taxi business in Japan it’s calling Easy Ride.Read more… Continue […]

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Uber And Lyft To Reimburse Riders Who Were Hit With Surge Pricing In NYC Following Bombing

Following an explosion Monday morning near the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan, New York City’s subway system backed up with congestion just as the morning commute got underway. Prices on Uber and Lyft rides also skyrocketed, and both companies have now said they will offer refunds to some passengers in the…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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Ride-Hailing Apps Like Uber Could Reduce Public Transit Use And That’s A Problem 

Ride-hailing companies see themselves as a way to reduce the reliance on automobile ownership and a path forward to eliminate god-awful congestion. But a new study on the impact of companies like Uber and Lyft from the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies offers a different outlook: Instead, it turns out,…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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