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Autonomous car tester offers guide for first responders

Nov. 22, 2019 1:07 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Google spinoff Waymo is trying to educate emergency responders on how to deal with its autonomous vehicles. Waymo released a training video on YouTube Thursday geared toward guiding public safety officials responding to incidents involving their self-driving cars. The 14-minute instructional...

Where parents feel like chauffeurs, companies step in

Nov. 21, 2019 3:33 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — When Deb Fink heard about a company that could drive her 9-year-old son to his after-school program, she balked at the idea of putting him in a car with a stranger. But faced with the unrelenting pressure of driving him where he needed to go in the middle of her workday, she decided to give...

Road-safety regulator rapped over regulating autonomous cars

Nov. 20, 2019 6:37 PM EST

The nation’s road-safety regulator is under fire again for what critics call lax oversight of tests involving autonomous vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration doesn’t give enough direction to companies developing automatous cars, the chairman of the National Transportation...

Uber to let users record audio of rides in Brazil, Mexico

Nov. 20, 2019 2:48 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Uber will allow passengers and drivers in Brazil and Mexico to record audio of their rides as it attempts to improve its safety record and image. The ride-hailing company plans to pilot the feature in cities in both countries in December. It eventually hopes to launch it in other markets,...

Safety agency says distracted driver caused fatal Uber crash

Nov. 19, 2019 11:51 PM EST

The National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday condemned the lack of state and federal regulation for testing autonomous vehicles before finding that a distracted human safety driver was the main cause of a fatal 2018 Arizona crash involving an Uber vehicle. The board criticized the National Highway Traffic...

Uber’s chief product officer is latest executive to exit

Nov. 19, 2019 4:37 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Another senior executive is leaving Uber as the company struggles to turn a profit. A company spokesman says Chief Product Officer Manik Gupta is stepping down after four years with the company. San Francisco-based Uber says Gupta was the driving force behind some of its most ambitious...

Uber discriminated against blind woman with dog, panel rules

Nov. 19, 2019 4:09 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A panel in Maine has ruled that Uber discriminated against a blind woman when a driver refused to give her a ride because she was traveling with her guide dog. The Portland Press Herald reports the Maine Human Rights Commission voted Monday that Uber discriminated against Patricia...

DC attorney general sues DoorDash for pocketing tips

Nov. 19, 2019 3:50 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The attorney general of Washington D.C. is suing DoorDash, saying the food delivery service pocketed tips that customers thought were going to delivery workers. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday, seeks to recover millions of dollars in tip money and to impose civil penalties on the company....

Lyft opposes fee hike, plans to end Phoenix airport service

Nov. 19, 2019 12:12 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The rideshare company Lyft is planning to end service to and from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in January over proposed fee increases. The current fee is $2.66 for pickup only. Last month, the Phoenix City Council voted to charge companies such as Uber and Lyft a $4 fee for each...

No waiters or dining area, just restaurant fare

Nov. 16, 2019 3:01 AM EST

WINTER PARK, Fla. (AP) — Jeff Covington called out orders as a display of multiple tablets chimed during a Friday night dinner service. “Build-your-own, Bolognese, side Caesar,” he relayed to the rest of the kitchen staff. Another chime, this one triggered by the door, signaled when it was...