Category Archives: Uber

These are the autonomous trucks that Google’s Waymo is testing

 Alphabet/Google’s self-driving car division Waymo disclosed earlier this month that it is working on (semi-)autonomous trucks, and now we have our first look at the vehicles in question. Jalopnik published a number of photos of a Waymo branded truck kitted out with a radar, lidar and ultrasonic radars. Waymo is, of course, not alone in exploring autonomous trucking. The company took Uber… Read More

Crunch Report | A bad day for cybersecurity

Today’s Stories A massive new ransomware attack is spreading around the globe Target’s next-day essentials delivery service opens to customers in pilot test Cloudflare launches app development platform, announces $100M investment fund Uber now lets you request a ride for someone else Credits Written and Hosted by: John Mannes Filmed by: Joe Zolnoski Edited by: Gregory… Read More

Uber now lets you request a ride for someone else

 Uber is adding a new feature that lets you specify someone else in your phone’s contact book as the rider for the trip. It was always possible to hail a ride and specify another pickup point if you wanted to, but the new feature really streamlines the process, allows both rider and driver to contact one another directly and still makes sure the requester is the one who foots the bill.… Read More

Lyft adds pickup suggestions for smoother ride routing

 Lyft will offer pickup suggestions in the latest version of the Android or iOS app, making it easier for drivers to pick riders up without having to do traffic gymnastics, while also hopefully saving riders time. The pickup suggestions only trigger when it’ll actually save you time as a rider, Lyft says, and they’re only ever within short walking distance, plus you can opt to… Read More

There’s a better way to build your startup

 If a startup founder could peer 8 years into the future and see a company that has become the symbol for disruptive culture, one that has raised over $8 billion on a valuation of $67 billion, that has a worldwide presence in hundreds of cities, millions of app downloads,12,000 full time employees and thousands more working for your service, chances are they would start it. Every startup… Read More

Equity podcast: Too much damn Uber news and Jeff Bezos buys a grocery chain

 Hello and welcome back to Equity, a weekly podcast of high finance gossip and low GAAP intrigue. It’s TechCrunch’s show focused on all things venture capital. This week, Katie Roof, Matthew Lynley and I — Alex Wilhelm — were joined by Cyan Banister, a prolific investor on her own (Uber, Postmates, the list goes on), and partner at Founders Fund, a team with more… Read More

As Uber’s value slips on the secondary market, Lyft’s is rising

 It’s been happening for months. The value of Uber’s shares has been falling on the secondary market, hammered by a barrage of press attention paid to its real and perceived misdeeds. That slip is widely seen as the reason Uber investors strong-armed CEO Travis Kalanick out of his role as CEO on Tuesday night. As numerous sources confirmed to us yesterday (and The Information… Read More