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Uber fixes bug that exposed third-party app secrets

Uber has fixed a bug that allowed access to the secret developer tokens of any app that integrated with the ride-sharing service, according to the security researchers who discovered the flaw. In a blog post, Anand Prakash and Manisha Sangwan explained that a vulnerable developer endpoint on Uber’s back-end systems — since locked down — was mistakenly spitting back client secrets and server tokens for apps authorized by the Uber account owner. Client secrets and server tokens are considered h...
Tags: Security, Uber, Apps, India, Tech, Hack, Automotive, United States, Internet Security, Transport, Commuting, Carsharing, Bangalore, Founder, Anand Prakash, Prakash


Arizona city slammed with $10M lawsuit over fatal Uber autonomous car accident

The family of Elaine Herzberg, the woman struck and killed by one of Uber's self-driving prototypes, has filed a $10 million lawsuit against the city of Tempe, Arizona. They claim Herzberg jaywalked because she was confused by a brick pathway. The post Arizona city slammed with $10M lawsuit over fatal Uber autonomous car accident appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Uber, News, Cars, Trends, Arizona, Tempe Arizona, Herzberg, Elaine Herzberg


Arizona city slammed with $10M lawsuit over deadly Uber autonomous car accident

The family of Elaine Herzberg, the woman struck and killed by one of Uber's self-driving prototypes, has filed a $10 million lawsuit against the city of Tempe, Arizona. They claim Herzberg jaywalked because she was confused by a brick pathway. The post Arizona city slammed with $10M lawsuit over deadly Uber autonomous car accident appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Uber, News, Cars, Trends, Arizona, Tempe Arizona, Herzberg, Elaine Herzberg


Flipkart co-founder Sachin Bansal invests $92M in Ola

The money is starting to flow from India’s largest startup exit. Ola has added a major name to its ongoing financing round after it confirmed that Flipkart co-founder Sachin Bansal has invested 650 crore INR (around $92 million) into the Indian ride-hailing business. The deal rumored in January when Paper.vc, an intelligence service that sifts through company filings in India, noticed that Bansal had committed to investing 150 crore. Today, eight-year-old Ola not only confirmed the pairing...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, TC, Uber, Asia, India, Funding, Entrepreneur, Tech, Walmart, Ceo, Economy, Companies, Automotive, United States, Asia Pacific, Retailers


Uber Freight snags Airbnb, Box veterans as it eyes global expansion

Uber Freight, which helps truck drivers connect with shipping companies, has made two high-profile hires this month as it continues to scale up its app and plans for a global expansion. The company has hired Andrew Smith, one of Box’s early employees, to head up global sales at  Uber Freight , and Bar Ifrach, formerly of Airbnb, to lead its marketplace team, TechCrunch has learned. Smith had a 10-year run at Box, where he was most recently vice president of field and commercial sales for Nort...
Tags: Transportation, Uber, Texas, San Francisco, Tech, Chicago, Automotive, Transport, Airbnb, Smith, Data Scientist, Ron, U S Department of Transportation, Andrew Smith, Waymo, Lior Ron


Autonomous truck startup TuSimple hits unicorn status in latest round

Another autonomous vehicle unicorn has joined the herd. TuSimple, a self-driving truck startup running daily routes for customers in Arizona, has raised $95 million in a Series D funding round led by Sina Corp. as the company prepares to scale up its commercial autonomous fleet to more than 50 trucks by June. The startup, which launched in 2015 and has operations in San Diego and Tucson, Arizona, has a post-money of $1.095 billion (aka unicorn status). TuSimple has raised $178 million to date...
Tags: Google, Transportation, Uber, Hong Kong, Texas, China, Tech, Tesla, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Arizona, Shanghai, San Diego, Nvidia, Self-driving Cars, Weibo


Uber’s bikesharing service is eating into its regular business

A bikesharing service acquired by Uber nearly a year ago is causing riders to take fewer car journeys with the company. It is, however, part of the plan as Uber looks to offer an integrated mobility platform for cities. The post Uber’s bikesharing service is eating into its regular business appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Outdoors, Uber, Business, News, Cars, Trends, Jump, Ridesharing, Bikesharing


Transportation Weekly: Amazon’s secret acquisition and all the AV feels

Welcome to Transportation Weekly; I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch. I cover all the ways people and goods move from Point A to Point B — today and in the future — whether it’s by bike, bus, scooter, car, train, truck, robotaxi or rocket. Sure, let’s include hyperloop and eVTOLs, or air taxis, too. Yup, another transportation newsletter. But I promise this one will be different. Here’s how. Newsletters can be great mediums for curated news — a place...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Transportation, Uber, Twitter, Europe, Elon Musk, Mexico, Boston, Virginia, San Francisco, Tech, Tesla, Mit, Palo Alto


Amazon, Sequoia invest in self-driving car startup Aurora

Aurora, the buzzy startup founded by early pioneers of self-driving car technology who led programs at Google, Tesla, and Uber, has raised more than $530 million in a Series B round led by Sequoia and includes “significant investment” from Amazon and T. Rowe Price Associates. The monster round pushes Aurora’s valuation near $2.5 billion. Aurora announced a $90 million Series A round last February from Greylock Partners  and Index Ventures, bringing its total raised to date to more than $620 mill...
Tags: Amazon, Transportation, Uber, Spacex, Tech, Automotive, Reid Hoffman, Greylock Partners, Greylock, Sequoia, Index Ventures, Pittsburgh, Chris Urmson, Aurora, Ian Smith, Urmson


Uber and Lyft rides in New York City just got more expensive

If you use Uber or Lyft in New York City, you might have noticed your fares are now higher than before for the same trip. It's the result of a number of new rules that went into effect on February 1. The post Uber and Lyft rides in New York City just got more expensive appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Mobile, Lyft, Uber, News, New York City, Cars, Trends, Ridesharing, NY City


You’re now paying more for your Uber and Lyft rides in New York City

If you use Uber or Lyft in New York City, you might have noticed your fares are now higher than before for the same trip. It's the result of a number of new rules that went into effect on February 1. The post You’re now paying more for your Uber and Lyft rides in New York City appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Mobile, Lyft, Uber, News, New York City, Cars, Trends, Ridesharing, NY City


Uber seeks to be a ‘one-stop shop for transportation’ with new app feature

Uber has added public transit options to its app as part of a plan to make it easier for those who want to start or finish a journey in an Uber while using public transportation in between. The post Uber seeks to be a ‘one-stop shop for transportation’ with new app feature appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Mobile, Uber, News, Cars, Trends, Public Transit, Ridesharing


Argo.AI acquires permit to test autonomous vehicles in California

Argo.AI, the self-driving car startup that burst onto the scene in 2017 with $1 billion in backing from Ford, has obtained a permit to test its autonomous vehicles in California. The permit, issued by the California Department of Motor Vehicles, is for one vehicle and two drivers. Unlike other self-driving car companies, California isn’t the first, or even third, market where Argo.AI is testing its tech. The company, which founded by former Google self-driving project veteran Bryan Salesky an...
Tags: Google, Uber, Technology, California, Washington, Tech, Car, Automotive, Ford, Automation, Transport, Miami, Self-driving Cars, Dc, Robotics, Driver


BMW, Porsche, Jaguar Land Rover invest in roadside assistance startup Urgently

Urgently, the roadside assistance startup that connects car owners who need help with tow truck and other services, has raised $21 million in a Series B round that includes the venture arms of BMW, Porsche and Jaguar Land Rover. BMW has also signed Urgently as a vendor partner for its own roadside assistance platform (known as BMW Assist)  to provide roadside assistance and extended mobility services to owners of all four of its brands in the U.S, including BMW, BMW Motorrad, MINI and Rolls-R...
Tags: TC, Lyft, Uber, Tech, Automotive, United States, Porsche, Transport, Jaguar Land Rover, Food Delivery, Bmw, AAA, Partner, Roadside Assistance, BMW Porsche, BMW i Ventures


Is Uber planning to put its self-driving tech into bikes and scooters?

Uber reportedly has its eye on building autonomous electric bikes and scooters that ride to a user when summoned by an app. The technology could also be used to make its two-wheelers safer with obstacle avoidance systems. The post Is Uber planning to put its self-driving tech into bikes and scooters? appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Outdoors, Uber, News, Cars, Trends, Autonomous Bikes, Autonomous Scooters


Uber’s India rival Ola nears $6 billion valuation ahead of huge funding round

Ola, India’s local rival to Uber, has seen its valuation jump to nearly $6 billion as it prepares to take in a large round of financing. The ride-hailing firm, which was founded in 2010, has raised around $3.3 billion from investors to date, and it topped that up a little this week. Ola pulled in 520 crore (around $75 million) from existing investor Steadview Capital, according to filings provided to TechCrunch by business signals platform paper.vc. The paperwork indicates that Ola’s bu...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, TC, Uber, Asia, Australia, Ipo, Collaborative Consumption, India, Softbank, Funding, Tech, Automotive, New Zealand, Tencent, Foodpanda, Food Delivery


Bell has begun building Uber’s Air Taxis

The Nexus is a 6-propeller, 4-seater eVTOL from Bell. Showcased in part last year at CES, the company has now built the entire vehicle to scale, much to the delight of its viewers. Bell hopes to have the Nexus ready for flight by the mid-2020s, which means we aren’t far from Uber’s air-taxi takeover.The Nexus comes with a hybrid-electric propulsion system that allows it to travel further than a full-electric eVTOL. It seats 4 passengers and a driver, and coming from a company that practically ...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Uber, Design, Ces, Automotive, Nexus, Bell, Air Taxi, Air Taxis, Ces2019, Bell Showcased


Report: Self-driving car startup Aurora is raising capital at a $2B valuation

Early last year, LinkedIn co-founder and prolific venture capital investor Reid Hoffman called Chris Urmson “ the Henry Ford of autonomous vehicles (AV).” The vote of confidence and big check from Hoffman, coupled with a team of deeply knowledgable AV entrepreneurs, has catapulted his company, Aurora Innovation, squarely into “unicorn” territory. Aurora, the developer of a full-stack self-driving software system for automobile manufacturers, is raising at least $500 million in equity f...
Tags: Google, Startups, Transportation, Uber, Linkedin, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Sydney, Venture Capital, Reid Hoffman, Sequoia Capital, Greylock Partners, Kleiner Perkins, Greylock, Intel Capital


Audi, Mobileye, Waymo, other top automakers unite to spread the self-driving gospel

The self-driving vehicle evangelists are uniting. A number of major automakers, technology companies and organizations with a stake in autonomous vehicles, including Audi, Aurora, Cruise, GM, Mobileye, Nvidia, Toyota, Waymo and Zoox has formed a coalition to spread the word about advanced vehicle technologies and self-driving vehicles. Their message: this tech can transform transportation and make it safer and more sustainable. The Partners for Automated Vehicle Education, or PAVE, coal...
Tags: Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Technology, Tech, Automotive, Ford, Automation, Transport, Nvidia, Toyota, Las Vegas, Self-driving Cars, Robotics, Audi, Driver


Didi launches lending and insurance as new regulation threatens to lower driver numbers

Didi Chuxing, China’s dominant ride-hailing firm, is rolling out a range of financial and insurance services as it looks to fortify its service against a range of challenges in 2019. The company announced today that it is adding “protection” insurance and credit services for both passengers and drivers who use its platform. The former is aimed particularly at Didi drivers by offering health and car insurance that it claims will “lower the entry barrier for gig economy workers and broaden the ...
Tags: Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Asia, Car Insurance, China, Southeast Asia, Collaborative Consumption, Tech, Automotive, Alibaba, Transport, Bmw, Volkswagen, Ant Financial, Financial Services


FlixBus is testing VR on certain routes to Las Vegas

FlixBus, the low-cost tech-forward bus service out of Europe that launched in U.S. this year, has added a VR experience to some long-distance routes to and from Las Vegas. For now, the FlixBus VR feature, which includes about 50 virtual reality games and travel experiences, is limited to routes from Tucson, Phoenix, Los Angeles and San Diego. And it will run for three months. Travelers who reserve a panoramic seat on these routes will get the VR experience for free. Once on board, passengers ...
Tags: Startups, Transportation, Uber, Europe, France, Spain, Automotive, San Diego, Virtual Reality, Las Vegas, California Arizona, Virtual Reality Headset, Flixbus, Tucson Phoenix Los Angeles


Grab raises fundraising target to $5B as Southeast Asia’s ride-hailing war heats up

Southeast Asian ride-hailing firm Grab is aiming to start the new year with a bang and an awful load of bucks. The company, which acquired Uber’s local business earlier this year, is planning to raise as much as $5 billion from its ongoing Series H round, up from an original target of $3 billion, a source with knowledge of the plan told TechCrunch. Grab declined to comment for this story. That Series H round has been open since June. Already, it has seen participation from the likes of Toyota...
Tags: Google, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Uber, Asia, Business, Microsoft, Indonesia, China, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Softbank, Funding, Thailand, Automotive, Philippines


The Top Car Designs from 2018. #Automotivation

You’d expect this round-up to be populated with self-driving cars and flying manned drones, but 2018’s list of top car designs still has a good amount of diversity. You’ve got bicycles without chains, Tesla-built helicopters, wheels with changeable treads, tractors from the future, and so much more. Transportation design is so incredibly diverse, and this list is a testament to that!With companies now showcasing a wide variety of self-driving concepts, our prediction for 2019 is to see more car ...
Tags: Uber, Design, Tesla, Automotive, Ford, Honda, Popular, Product Design, Random, Ethec Electric Motorcycle, Thrustcycle, Top Designs 2018


Uber slowly resumes self-driving car tests nine months after deadly accident

Uber will resume testing self-driving cars on the streets of Pittsburgh after a nine-month hiatus that followed a deadly accident in Arizona. The program will resume on a significantly reduced scale. The post Uber slowly resumes self-driving car tests nine months after deadly accident appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Uber, News, Cars, Trends, Arizona, Self-driving Cars, Autonomous Cars, Pittsburgh


Uber partner Fair gets $385M led by Softbank to grow its flexible car ownership model globally

California startup Fair.com is aiming to turn the car market on its head by providing price-friendly, easy options for people to lease vehicles instead of buying them, and today it’s taking the latest, big step in that ambition. Fair has raised a huge Series B funding round of $385 million led by Softbank, with participation from Exponential Ventures, Munich Re Venture’s ERGO Fund, G Squared, and CreditEase,  to take its business global. Requiring just a drivers license and a credit card (or...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Uber, California, China, Germany, Collaborative Consumption, India, Softbank, Funding, Cars, US, Tech, Automotive, Venture Capital, Getaround


Uber reboots its self-driving car program

Uber Advanced Technologies Group has officially resumed on-road testing of its self-driving vehicles in Pittsburgh, nine months after the company halted its entire autonomous vehicle operation after one of its vehicles struck and killed pedestrian Elaine Herzberg in the Phoenix suburb of Tempe. The relaunch follows the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation decision to authorize Uber ATG to put its autonomous vehicles on public roads. It also marks a notable turnaround —at least so far — for ...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Uber, Toronto, San Francisco, Tech, Automotive, Arizona, Volvo, Pittsburgh, Phoenix, National Transportation Safety Board, Aurora, Tempe, Doug Ducey, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation


Grab is messing up the world’s largest mapping community’s data in Southeast Asia

Grab, Southeast Asia’s top ride-hailing company, has hit a roadblock in its efforts to improve its mapping and routing service after running into trouble with OpenStreetMap, the world’s largest collaborative mapping community, through a series of blundering edits in Thailand. Grab, which gobbled up Uber’s local business in exchange for an equity swap earlier this year, has busily added details and upgraded the maps it uses across its eight markets in Southeast Asia. Accurate maps are, of c...
Tags: Google, TC, Uber, Asia, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Collaborative Consumption, India, Softbank, Tech, Sea, Thailand, Automotive, Tencent, Toyota


With today’s IPO sinking, a year of highs and lows for SoftBank

If there was a word that dominated startup and tech news coverage this year, it was SoftBank. The Japanese telecom conglomerate’s Vision Fund pushed out a prodigious amount of capital this year — quite literally billions of dollars — into companies as diverse as a molecular manufacturer (Zymergen) and a robotic pizza delivery business (Zume Pizza). It was a year of highs as its Flipkart transaction produced billions in returns, as well as a year of incredible lows, what with the crisis over Saud...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, TC, Uber, Asia, Japan, London, Hardware, Saudi Arabia, Finance, Government, Kingdom, Softbank, Tech, Walmart, Bloomberg


Levandowski’s Pronto.ai plans to ship automated driving systems for trucks in 2019

Anthony Levandowski, the former Google engineer and serial entrepreneur who was at the center of a trade secrets lawsuit between Uber and Waymo, has taken his newest autonomous vehicle technology company out of stealth mode with a product aimed at the commercial trucking industry. Technically, Levandowski involvement in a self-driving trucking company was first revealed by TechCrunch in July. Levandowski, nor anyone else attached to the company, would talk on record, leaving TechCrunch to rely o...
Tags: Google, TC, Transportation, Uber, California, Tech, Automotive, Toyota, Self-driving Cars, George Hotz, Neural Networks, Stanford University, TechCrunch, Pronto, Otto, Waymo


Have a Car? Here are 7 Ways to Make Extra Money

Do you know that if you have a car, you have tons of opportunities to make extra money? Getting started is usually a breeze, and you already have the most important part of the equation: a vehicle. Wondering how to make money on the side using your car? Here’s how. 1. Make Sure the Masses Never Go Hungry with Uber Eats Many people consider Uber Eats one of the best ways to make extra money simply because it offers the same level of flexibility as driving passengers but eliminates transporting...
Tags: Lyft, Uber, Marketing, Cars, Making Money, Instacart, Federal Trade Commission, Dolly, Finances & Money, Turo, Wrapify, Making Extra Money



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