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Geico admits fraudsters stole customers’ driver’s license numbers for months

Geico, the second-largest auto insurer in the U.S., has fixed a security bug that let fraudsters steal customers’ driver’s license numbers from its website. In a data breach notice filed with the California attorney general’s office, Geico said information gathered from other sources was used to “obtain unauthorized access to your driver’s license number through the online sales system on our website.” The insurance giant did not say how many customers were affected by the breach but said the fr...
Tags: Apps, Automotive, Security, Articles, Attorney General, California, Crime, Crimes, Deception, Driver, Fraud, Geico, MetroMile, San Francisco, Spokesperson, United States


Geico admits fraudsters stole customer driver’s license numbers for months

Geico, the second-largest auto insurer in the U.S., has fixed a security bug that let fraudsters steal customer driver’s license numbers from its website. In a data breach notice filed with the California attorney general’s office, Geico said information gathered from other sources was used to “obtain unauthorized access to your driver’s license number through the online sales system on our website.” The insurance giant did not say how many customers were affected by the breach but said the frau...
Tags: Apps, Automotive, Security, Articles, Attorney General, California, Crime, Crimes, Deception, Driver, Fraud, Geico, MetroMile, San Francisco, Spokesperson, United States


Mexican unicorn Kavak raises a $485M Series D at a $4B valuation.

Kavak, the Mexican startup that’s disrupted the used car market in Mexico and Argentina, today announced its Series D of $485 million, which now values the company at $4 billion. This round more than triples their previous valuation of $1.15 billion, which established them as a unicorn just a couple of months ago in October of 2020. Kavak is now one of the top five highest-valued startups in Latin America. The round was led by D1 Capital Partners, Founders Fund, Ribbit, and BOND, and brings K...
Tags: Startups, Transportation, Ecommerce, Apps, Mexico, Finance, Funding, Articles, Tech, Colombia, Automotive, Used Cars, Brazil, Argentina, Online Marketplace, Logistics


The best car-sharing apps for Android and iOS

Depending on what you need, using a car-sharing app can be cheaper and more convenient than renting a car.
Tags: Mobile, Apps, Cars, Trends, Getaround, Car-sharing, Turo


The best Android Auto apps

When packed with third-party apps, Android Auto puts your favorite smartphone features in your dashboard.
Tags: Android, Mobile, Apps, Cars, Trends, Best Of, Android Auto, Buying Guides, Tier 4


Uber Kicks Its Self-Driving Car Unit Out the Side Door

Uber is bailing on its self-driving car unit, the Uber Advanced Technologies Group, and will sell it off to driverless trucking-focused startup Aurora in a deal that could create a combined firm valued at $10 billion, the companies announced on Monday.Read more...
Tags: Transportation, Uber, Apps, Science, Technology, Automotive, Autonomous Vehicles, Driverless Cars, Automobiles, Self Driving Cars, Aurora, Uber Advanced Technologies Group


Opinion: Uber’s Reserve Program is Mildly Troubling

Uber is launching a new feature that allows riders book trips up to 30 days in advance. While supposedly innovative, it smacks of desperation following years of multi-billion-dollar losses and an inability to account for pandemic-related lockdowns. The company reported a $1 billion loss in the third quarter of 2020, noting that gross bookings declined […] The post Opinion: Uber’s Reserve Program is Mildly Troubling appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Uber, Apps, Autos, Cabs, Ride-sharing, Uber Technologies, News Blog, Ride-hailing, Black Car Services, Uber Reserve, App-based Services, Ride-hailing Industry, Uber 's Reserve Program


Uber Drivers Sue, Claim Company Pressured Them to Support Prop 22

A small group of drivers are suing Uber over repetitive in-app messages from the company about Proposition 22, a ballot initiative it would very much like them to support. Considering the deluge of political messages you’re undoubtedly getting on your own cellular device, you’re probably sympathetic to their plight. There are few things more annoying […] The post Uber Drivers Sue, Claim Company Pressured Them to Support Prop 22 appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Uber, Apps, Technology, California, Industry, Autos, Tech Industry, Gig Economy, Ride-sharing, News Blog, Ride-hailing, Hot Legal Action, Driving Jobs, Assembly Bill 5, Ab5, Prop 22


California Rules Uber/Lyft Must Reclassify Drivers

A California appeals court unanimously ruled against ride-hailing giants Uber and Lyft on Thursday, mandating that they would indeed need to reclassify drivers operating within the state as employees. The duo have been pushing against Assembly Bill 5, which seeks to reclassify contracted, gig-economy workers as fully fledged employees entitled to all the associated benefits, […] The post California Rules Uber/Lyft Must Reclassify Drivers appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Lyft, Uber, Apps, California, Autos, Tech Industry, Gig Economy, Ride-sharing, News Blog, Ride-hailing, Assembly Bill, Hot Legal Action, Driving Jobs, Assembly Bill 5, Ab5, Prop 22


Uber, Lyft Spending Big to Fight Californian Gig Economy Laws

California’s Proposition 22 is a torpedo launched by the SS Gig Economy and will undoubtedly sink Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) if the measure passes this November. The proposal seeks to flip new laws (instituted in January) that prohibit companies from erroneously categorizing employees as independent contractors, forcing them to adhere to minimum wage laws — while likewise […] The post Uber, Lyft Spending Big to Fight Californian Gig Economy Laws appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Lyft, Uber, Apps, California, Autos, Tech Industry, Gig Economy, Ride-sharing, News Blog, Ride-hailing, Hot Legal Action, Driving Jobs, Assembly Bill 5, Ab5, Prop 22, Proposition 22


Augmented Reality Ram? There’s an App for That

So you just bought your 2021 Ram 1500 TRX. You’ve got a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 from the Hellcat underhood, making 702 horsepower. You’re ready to take on the desert, if not the world. Yet, you have no frickin’ clue what a certain infotainment-system setting does. You’re stumped. You’ve dove into the owner’s manual and the […] The post Augmented Reality Ram? There’s an App for That appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Apps, Ram, Fca, Autos, Trucks, New Cars, News Blog, Ram TRX, 2021 Ram 1500 TRX, 2021 Ram TRX, Know & Go


Caura, an app to take the hassle out of car ownership, launches from Echo co-founder Sai Lakshmi

Caura, a new U.K. startup that aims to take the hassle out of car ownership, is breaking cover today. Founded by Sai Lakshmi, who previously co-founded Echo, the medication management service acquired by LloydsPharmacy owner McKesson, Caura is an iOS app designed to manage all of the vehicle-related admin that car owners endure. Drivers are on-boarded to Caura by entering their vehicle registration number. They’ll then be able to manage parking, tolls, MOT, road tax, car insurance and congestion...
Tags: Apple, TC, Apps, Tech, Automotive, NHS, Fca, CVC, Lakshmi, Caura app, Sai Lakshmi, Caura, LloydsPharmacy, McKesson Caura, Shaun Foce, Bhavin Kotecha


Worried About Recalls? The NHTSA Has an App for That

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) just dropped an updated application for smart devices that offers the ability to automatically track recall information. After downloading, users simply input or scan their vehicle identification number (VIN) into their phone and the government-sanctioned service will notify them when/if recall new information becomes available. While automakers and […] The post Worried About Recalls? The NHTSA Has an App for That appeared first on The T...
Tags: Apps, Free, Safety, Recalls, Autos, Applications, Nhtsa, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, News Blog, Automotive Recalls, Safety Apps, Automtoive Safety


California Blinks: Uber/Lyft Granted Extension on New Labor Laws

The battle between the purveyors of ride-hailing apps and the State of California has been an interesting one. The West Coast’s gig economy looked ready to be nuked from orbit following the passing of Assembly Bill 5 (AB5), leaving a glassy crater of jobless part-timers and the corporations that were dependent upon them — even though […] The post California Blinks: Uber/Lyft Granted Extension on New Labor Laws appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Lyft, Uber, Apps, California, Autos, West Coast, Tech Industry, News Blog, Ride-hailing, Hot Legal Action, Assembly Bill 5, Ab5, Prop 22, Proposition 22


A Dating App for Tesla Owners? It Could Be Real, but It’s Not Spectacular

Man, this is really something. The 145,000th piece of evidence just landed in support of the hypothesis that Tesla is, in fact, a cult, and that activism and ideology has replaced religion in the wealthier, progressive, and more youthful corners of America. Which brings us to Tesla Dating. The website in support of this under-development […] The post A Dating App for Tesla Owners? It Could Be Real, but It’s Not Spectacular appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Apps, Elon Musk, Technology, Romance, America, Tesla, Dating, Autos, Cults, Fandom, News Blog


Android Auto vs Android Automotive: What’s the difference?

Welcome to SHIFT Basics, a collection of tips, explainers, guides, and advice to keep you up to speed with mobility tech. There was a time when having an infotainment system and satellite navigation in your car was a luxury. Now, thanks in part to computer components being more affordable and open source mapping projects, in-car entertainment systems are far more common. Advanced infotainment systems are so common they can create a bit of a learning curve when getting into an unfamiliar car. Wha...
Tags: Startups, Apps, Cars, Shift


Elon Musk promises Tesla app will soon get an important security feature

Elon Musk said Tesla is "embarrassingly late" with the security measure
Tags: Apps, Elon Musk, News, Cars, Trends, Tesla, Online Security, App Security


How Moovit went from opportunity to a $900M exit in 8 years

Omar Téllez Contributor Share on Twitter Omar Téllez is a private investor in several tech companies based in LatAm and Silicon Valley. A member of Niantic’s executive team, he was previously president of Moovit. More posts by this contributor Top VCs Are Chasing Digital Companies In Latin America Why Ed Tech Is Taking Off In Latin America In May 2020, Intel announced its purchase of Moovit, ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Startups, TC, Transportation, Apps, Column, Entrepreneurship, Israel, Tech, Intel, Colombia, Automotive, Chile, M&a, Brazil


How Much Should It Cost to Replace a Tire?

Getting a tire replaced on your car is a relatively simple procedure that doesn’t take very long. That’s the good news. The bad news is that it can be a costly proposition – tires are among the priciest car repairs. But cheer up! This isn’t always the case, the cost to replace a tire really depends on what kind of car you drive. An Overview of Tire Prices Tire prices can vary wildly. For example, if you drive a compact commuter car, the cost to replace a tire shouldn’t be any more than $50. B...
Tags: Personal Finance, Apps, Technology, Money, Advice, Cheap, Cars, Ford, Autos, Tires, Honda, Chevy Colorado, Save Money, Save, Cost, Mazda


Amazon now sells auto insurance in India

Amazon’s India business said on Thursday it has begun offering auto insurance to cover two and four-wheeler in the country, marking American giant’s first foray into this financial services category globally. The e-commerce giant said it had inked a deal with Mumbai-headquartered Acko General Insurance to offer customers car and motor-bike insurance. Amazon is also an investor in Acko. Mahendra Nerurkar, chief executive and director of Amazon Pay in India, said on Wednesday evening at a fi...
Tags: Amazon, Apps, Asia, Finance, India, Insurance, Tech, Walmart, Automotive, Mumbai, Flipkart, Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Amazon India, Paytm, ICRA, Paytm India


Uber Offering COVID-19 Contract Tracing Data to Government Entities

Uber Technologies Inc. has kicked off a new service that provides public health officials immediate access to data on drivers and riders who may have been in contact with someone infected with COVID-19. Weirdly, the company decided against announcing the sharing of your whereabouts with the government with any fanfare. Perhaps they thought average people […] The post Uber Offering COVID-19 Contract Tracing Data to Government Entities appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Lyft, Uber, Apps, Privacy, Big Data, Data, Autos, Data Privacy, Uber Technologies Inc, Consumer Data, Uber Technologies, News Blog, Ride-hailing, Data AcQuisition, COVID-19, COVID


Apple CarKey is out, but you’ll need a new BMW to use it

The Apple iOS feature that replaces the need for those dumfungled car keys is now here for you to use, assuming you have a compatible iPhone and car. Following the roll out of the iOS 13.6 and watchOS 6.2.8 update this week, CarKey, Apple‘s feature that will let you unlock your car with your phone, is officially here, Engadget reports. We’ve known about “Apple CarKey” for a while now. Some cunning sleuths at 9to5 Mac spotted the feature in the developer beta code for iOS 14. Then a month later, ...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Apps, Cars, Shift, Engadget, Plugged


100,000 Mile Service – What’s the Cost?

Let’s say you own a six, seven, eight-year “young” car. Your odometer reads between 100,000 – 120,000 miles. Your dash is illuminated with a wrench or a display that says “Service.” Your car’s telling you it’s time for service, but you’re not sure what’s involved in a typical 100,000 mile service checklist. Service indicators at any interval are suggesting that you inspect, replace and change out a few parts to maintain proper operation and to reduce the likelihood of triggering any safety-r...
Tags: Apps, Technology, Labor, US, Automotive, Ford, Autos, Toyota, Honda, Trucks, Edmunds, Tips And Tricks, Car Tips, Vehicle Maintenance, Mechanic, Tune Up


European Ford drivers could save up to $670 as marque makes some connected features free

In a move that’s surely going to please new Ford owners, the American carmaker has made its connected car features free for European owners — putting them on the same terms as US drivers. It’s quite common these days for new cars to come with a host of “internet connected” features that can be controlled through an associated app. Things like remote unlocking, car start, and diagnostic checks can be performed using a vehicle’s app, but the tech doesn’t always come for free. [Read: Study: Tesla l...
Tags: Startups, Apps, Europe, Cars, US, Tesla, Ford, Shift


Uber and Lyft risk closure in California if they don’t provide employee benefits to drivers

Regulators in California, US, have just ruled that drivers for ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft are employees and deserve proper benefits and compensation. At present, the companies classify drivers as contractors meaning they have no legal responsibility to provide health care and other benefits to drivers. In a document published earlier this week, the Public Utilities Commission, the regulators that oversee the likes of Uber and other ride-hail services, said that its drivers are emp...
Tags: Startups, Apps, California, Cars, World, Ford, Shift, Public Utilities Commission, Nikola, Uber and Lyft, California US


Consider these things when renting a car

Renting a car doesn't have to be stressful or overly expensive. Here's how to simplify your rental experience.
Tags: Travel, Apps, Cars, Trends, Smartphone, Airport, Car Rental


Uber tells its litigious California drivers it doesn’t have to offer them proper employment status

Lockdown policies around the world have, as we might have expected, led to a drop in user numbers for ride-share companies like Uber and Lyft. If that wasn’t challenging enough, the state of California is now suing the two companies for playing fast and loose with how they’ve classified their workers. In a court document published yesterday, California representatives allege that Uber and Lyft made “calculated business decisions,” to misclassify their gig-working drivers as independent contracto...
Tags: Startups, Lyft, Uber, Apps, California, Cars, Shift


Ride-share companies hit again as Lyft lays off 900 employees, furloughs hundreds more

In an SEC filing made earlier this week, ride-sharing service Lyft said that it would be making 988 staff members redundant, and 288 would be furloughed. The move is an attempt to cut operating costs and overcome the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, CNBC reports. [Read: Uber’s longest-serving exec quits, while coronavirus threatens 5,000 jobs] According to the report, the staff reductions represent a 17% cut to the company‘s workforce. Those that have held on to their jobs will...
Tags: Startups, Lyft, Apps, Cars, SEC, Cnbc, Shift, 288


Uber’s longest-serving exec quits, while coronavirus threatens 5,000 jobs

According to an SEC filing earlier this week, Uber‘s chief technology officer is stepping down. The rest of the executive board is reportedly discussing further measures to help the company weather the financial challenges created by the coronavirus pandemic. [Read: Global e-scooter numbers could quadruple once lockdown measures lift, analysts say] The Information reports that more than 5,400 jobs could be at risk as Uber‘s management looks to cut costs. This would represent a loss of about one ...
Tags: Startups, Apps, Cars, World, SEC, Shift


Survey: 39% of people won’t use ride-sharing services post coronavirus

With news that governments are looking to lift coronavirus lockdown measures in some parts of the world, thoughts are turning to what the world will be like in its “new normal.” One thing seems certain though, people are starting to think differently about the products they use, particularly when it comes to travel. A recent COVID-19 sentiment study conducted by automotive consumer advice group CarGurus found that car sales, in the long term, are unlikely to be affected by the pandemic. However,...
Tags: Startups, Apps, Cars, World, Shift



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