The first death of a pedestrian by an autonomous vehicle (self-driving car) has been confirmed by Uber. Uber’s autonomous vehicle struck and killed Elaine Herzberg of Tempe, Arizona, on Sunday, March 18th.
Uber has announced that it is putting autonomous vehicles (self-driving cars) on the streets later this month. The first city to get the Uber robot cars is Pittsburgh, and experts say that if Uber’s self-driving cars can handle Pittsburgh, they can handle anywhere.
Don’t have time to go out and get a flu shot? Now through Uber’s UberHealth service, you can have on-demand mobile flu shots come to you! During a one-day promotion last week, in select cities throughout the United States, from Atlanta to San Francisco, Uber Health would bring a nurse-administered flu shot right to your door. While this was a one-day offering, we’re sure that they’ll offer it again. (See below for a full list of cities in which Uber offered an Uber flushot.) And in the meantime, Uber has teamed up with AIDS-fighting program (RED) to raise money for the (RED) AIDS program.
Some are calling it Ubergate. Still others call it the reason they will no longer use the Uber service (fortunately there are alternatives to Uber, like Lyft in the U.S., and Hailo in the UK and Ireland). First there was Uber’s ‘Rides of Glory’ (i.e. rides of shame), then came the alleged threat of an “opposition research plan” against journalists to spend $1 million to dig up information on “your personal lives, your families.” And thus #Ubergate was born.
Uber, the popular iPhone app that allows you to schedule a private car or taxi through your mobile device, is closing the doors on its Uber NYC taxi service, just a month after opening it to beta. Citing too much ride demand for not enough taxi supply, the app makers said that they are hoping they will have better luck in the Big Apple in the coming year.