Self

With Uber, book a car and now a vaccine

Uber just partnered with Walgreen, and people can book a Covid-19 vaccine starting today right in the app

Electric Cars

Uber and Arrival partner to design and build a custom electric taxi

The ride-hailing firm and EV startup plan to reveal the vehicle, simply called Car, before the end of 2021

Robotics

Uber turns Postmates into new robotic delivery firm, Serve Robotics

The ride-hailing firm acquired Postmates in 2020 for $2.65 billion

Self Driving Cars

Lyft sells self-driving division to Toyota for $550m

Ride-hailing firm is selling its Level 5 division to Toyota subsidiary Woven Planet Holdings

Auto

Uber is selling its self-flying passenger drone start-up

Uber Elevate is now going to Joby Aviation, with Uber agreeing to let the company use its app when its service eventually launches

Self

The best way to get help quickly from Uber

This method typically gets Uber to respond quickly to your problem — and it's not a call

Self

Get discounted Uber and Lyft rides to the polls on Election Day

Both companies are giving heavily discounted rides to and from your local polling place on Election Day. Here are the details and codes needed to still use this option.

Transportation

Flying taxis are becoming a reality: 10 companies preparing for takeoff

Their backgrounds vary, but each believes they can lead the personal flight revolution

Apps

Uber to acquire Postmates in timely food delivery expansion

The nine-year-old company was said to be acquired in a $2.65B all-stock deal

Transportation

You now need to wear a mask before hailing that Uber

New rule comes into force globally from May 18

Self Driving Cars

Amazon buys Zoox driverless car firm for reported $1.2B

The retailer plans to build a ride-hailing fleet to rival Uber and Waymo

Business

Carmaker Hyundai buys robot dog firm Boston Dynamics

The deal is valued at about $1 billion, and would include the robot dog, Spot, which can now be purchased for $75,000 each.

Auto

Uber will start sending face masks to some of its drivers

The ride-sharing company, which is still operating during the coronavirus pandemic, will start shipping protective gear, but supplies will be "limited"

Smart Home

With Alexa Conversations, your smart lamp could ask if you want to dim the lights

The new feature, which Amazon announced in June, is now available in beta

Self

Uber threatens to suspend accounts of riders or drivers with coronavirus

In an email to users Wednesday morning, Uber's CEO said the company is working with health authorities and may cut both rider and driver accounts if they're exposed to COVID-19

Transportation

New Lime e-bike has a 25-mile range and is coming to many new cities this year

The new bike is part of a $50m expansion program

Self

Drones approved to fly over people — and at night — per FAA

The new rules allow small drones to fly over the heads of crowds and even at night as long as they broadcast their ID

Business

Lyft to deliver food and medical supplies during coronavirus pandemic

The Uber rival is combating a fall in demand with new test kit delivery service

Self Driving Cars

Half of Americans say they would never use a driverless taxi

Three-quarters also say the technology isn't ready for primetime

Self

Technology that went its own way in 2020

The jury out on whether these companies did the right thing, or whether this technology — that tried something different — will stick

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