A very important article

“He was mad at the politicians,” said Gabriel, the couple’s only child. “He was mad at Silicon Valley and all these big shots that have billions of dollars. You’re trampling over the little guys that invested in something and wanted to have some exclusivity, as they were told when they bought the medallion.” A Taxi[…]

The Gig is up?

Gig Economy Business Model Dealt a Blow in California Ruling In a ruling with potentially sweeping consequences for the so-called gig economy, the California Supreme Court on Monday made it much more difficult for companies to classify workers as independent contractors rather than employers.

These Stories tell The Story

Get the robots on the road before the money runs out…. Uber’s Self-Driving Cars Were Struggling Before Arizona Crash Tech companies like Uber, Waymo and Lyft, as well as automakers like General Motors and Toyota, have spent billions developing self-driving cars in the belief that the market for them could one day be worth trillions[…]

Its Getting Increasingly Disturbing

  Experts: Uber self-driving system should have spotted woman Video of a deadly self-driving vehicle crash in suburban Phoenix shows a pedestrian walking from a darkened area onto a street just moments before an Uber SUV strikes her. The lights on the SUV didn’t illuminate 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg on Sunday night until a second or[…]

Maybe someday someone will be held accountable

Cabbie blamed Uber, Lyft for financial woes before hanging himself A New York yellow cab driver faced with the prospect of losing his house due to competition from ride-hail apps such as Uber and the devaluation of his taxi medallion killed himself Friday.

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Tragedy

Self-Driving Uber Car Kills Arizona Pedestrian Self-Driving Uber Car Kills Arizona Pedestrian SAN FRANCISCO – A woman in Tempe, Ariz., died after being hit by a self-driving car operated by Uber, in what appears to be the first known death of a pedestrian struck by an autonomous vehicle on public roads.  

Try to find the silver lining in this one…..

Would like to thank all the municipalities and their regulators for a job well done….. Uber and Lyft drivers are selling candy and snacks in their cars – and it’s indicative of a dark truth Uber drivers, as well as drivers for Lyft and other ride-hailing companies, are turning to alternative means to make some[…]

Can’t add much to this one….

MIT study shows how much driving for Uber or Lyft sucks Ride-hailing giants Uber and Lyft are delivering pitiful levels of take-home pay to the hundreds of thousands of US independent contractors providing their own vehicles and driving skills to deliver the core service, according to an MIT CEEPR study examining the economics of the[…]