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Toyota suspends self-driving vehicles testing after a fatal accident involving Uber

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A fatal accident, involving an Uber self-driving taxi in the city of Tempe, Arizona, caused a resonance. The Volvo XC90, equipped with radar, cameras, motion sensors and computer equipment hit 49 years old Elaine Herzberg who later died in hospital. According to the police, the car was moving at a speed of 60 km / h. Uber Press Office refused to give any comments regarding the accident.

The accident on Sunday evening in Tempe, Arizona, prompted Uber to stop testing their self-driving vehicles on the streets of four cities:  Toronto, San Francisco, Pittsburgh and Tempe.This incident prompted Toyota Motors to suspend testing its self-driving vehicles on public roads near its research center in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and in San Francisco.

Toyota has its own fleet of test cars in three closed areas: two of them are based in Ann Arbor and are connected to the University of Michigan, and the other is known as the GoMentum station, a former naval weapons station in Concord, California.

Two other carmakers, General Motors and Ford Motor, are still testing their vehicles on public roads. Uber’s main competitor Lyft refused to comment on the testing status of its self-driving programs.

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How Uber is killing cabs

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Ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft are crushing the yellow cab industry in New York City – and elected officials are once again starting to take notice.

New York City Councilman Rubén Díaz Sr. introduced a bill that aims to even the playing field by regulating black car services, upping fees and making drivers commit to just one app-based service. Although past efforts to further regulate companies like Uber have failed – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio dropped his 2015 plan to cap the number of ride-hailing cars – after a series of suicides by taxi drivers drew attention to the issue, the mayor said he may try again. And Díaz is certainly on board. “We will do whatever is possible,” he said at an April 26 rally. “This has to end. The abuse of the driver has to end.”

The driver that Díaz means is the yellow cab driver, whose active numbers have been falling since de Blasio took office in 2014. Green cabs, which can only pick up passengers on the street outside of Manhattan’s central business district, grew after their August 2013 introduction during the waning days of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration. But their numbers have fallen to all-time lows, with many drivers switching to Uber instead.

As of October, there were some 61,000 cars working for Uber, though many drivers work for more than one service, like Lyft or Gett. So the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission, which regulates car services in the city, tracks all for-hire vehicles – including green cabs – together, giving a fuller picture of the alternatives to yellow cabs.

As the new push for regulation heats up, here’s how the market has changed in de Blasio’s tenure.

Source: https://www.cityandstateny.com/articles/policy/transportation/comparing-cabs-uber-new-york-city.html

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Uber says it will no longer quietly settle sexual misconduct claims

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Uber is reversing the controversial policies on sexual harassment and assault claims that have beleaguered the ride-share company, including quietly settling with victims.

Now, people who file misconduct claims against the company may pursue them in open court, Uber announced.

“The last 18 months have exposed a silent epidemic of sexual assault and harassment that haunts every industry and every community,” Uber said Tuesday. “Uber is not immune to this deeply rooted problem, and we believe that it is up to us to be a big part of the solution.”

The Silicon Valley-based company spent more than a year battling a wave of scandals, including allegations it fostered a hostile work environment rampant with sexual harassment.

That’s carried into its policies for addressing sexual misconduct on the part of its passengers and drivers.

Uber will no longer force claims immediately into arbitration, a policy previously engrained into its terms of service.

Instead, claims can be addressed however an employee, driver or passenger who’s been assaulted chooses, the company said. That still includes arbitration as well as court or mediation.

The company’s past policy of keeping all claims confidential is also being scrubbed. Those who opt to reach a settlement will now be free to speak publicly about the allegations.

As many as 103 Uber drivers in the U.S. were found to have acted inappropriately toward passengers since 2014, a CNN investigation published last month found.

Uber on Tuesday said it will release data on sexual assault or harassment in Uber vehicles.

Chief Legal Officer Tony West wrote in a blog post that the report should highlight the complicated issue of reporting assault in the taxi and limousine issue.

“Our message to the world is that we need to turn the lights on,” he wrote. “It starts with improving our product and policies, but it requires so much more, and we’re in it for the long haul.”

The reoport is slated to be released by the end of 2018, and West told the Associated Press there’s speculation “the numbers are going to be disturbing.”

Company executives have taken steps to fix some of the ills plaguing Uber over the last year.

Last month, it announced drivers would be subjected to criminal background checks to weed out bad actors, and provide other safety measures for vehicles using the platform.

Uber was accused last year of running a toxic office environment lacking diversity, with an internal report noting most of its engines were white males.

Founder and CEO Travis Kalanick was booted last June amid news Uber used questionable technology to track competing car services and covering up a major data breach.

Dara Khosrowshahi, who took over as CEO last August, addressed the broader problems at Uber in a video released Monday, vowing the compan would start owning its mistakes.

“One of our core values as a company is to always do the right thing,” he said. “And if there are times we fall short, we commit to being open, taking responsibility for the problem and fixing it.”

Source: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/uber-no-longer-quietly-settle-misconduct-claims-article-1.3990709

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Lyft driver sexually assaulted passenger – again!

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Unfortunately, the problem of sexual violence still remains relevant in modern world. And here is again one more regrettable accident.

During the ride, 24-year- old Raheel Bin Hanif has told the woman that he is a SPA center owner and if she allows massaging her, he would pay $400. As she already had an experience hiring Hanif as a driver, she agreed to take a sip out of the open Four Loko can. After that she felt buzzling and found herself in that spa.

After the promised massage was finished, Hanif offered $1000 in return for sex. The woman declined an offer, but she was exposed to sexual violence anyway. When all that ended, she was driven back home. Next day the driver Hanif was arrested and later he has been prosecuted in connection with three cases of third-degree criminal sexual contact. In case of declaring his guilt, he will be facing a prison time of up to 15 years.

According to CNN, there were more than 100 cases of accusing Uber and Lyft drivers in violence and sexually abusing the passengers during the past few years.

In order to prevent new cases of sexual violence, Uber and Lyft are going to review the latest safety features in their apps, which send location to family or friends and call for emergency help as fast as possible.

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