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Why fully automated cars are a lot further away than you think

July 8, 2018 by Jason Contant

Don’t hold your breath waiting for the first fully autonomous car to hit the streets anytime soon. Car manufacturers have projected for years that we might have fully automated cars on the roads by 2018. But for all the hype that

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Human driver distracted before fatal autonomous Uber crash

June 22, 2018 Tom Krisher and Jacques Billeaud - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

PHOENIX – The human backup driver in an autonomous Uber SUV was streaming the television show “The Voice” and looking downward just before fatally striking a pedestrian in suburban Phoenix, according to a police report. The 300-page report released Thursday

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Uber reaches settlement in autonomous vehicle fatality

April 2, 2018 The Associated Press

PHOENIX – The family of an Arizona woman killed when struck by an autonomous Uber vehicle apparently has reached a settlement with the company. Cristina Perez Hesano, an attorney for the daughter and husband of 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg, disclosed no

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Uber crash exposes flaws in autonomous vehicle technology

March 23, 2018 Melissa Daniels and Bob Christie - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

PHOENIX – Video of a fatal pedestrian crash involving a self-driving Uber vehicle that some experts say exposes flaws in autonomous vehicle technology is prompting calls to slow down testing on public roads and renewing concerns about regulatory readiness. The

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Deadly crash raises questions about Uber self-driving system

March 22, 2018 Tom Krisher and Jacques Billeaud – THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

TEMPE, Ariz. – Video of a deadly self-driving vehicle crash in suburban Phoenix shows a pedestrian walking from a darkened area onto a street just moments before an Uber SUV strikes her. The lights on the SUV didn’t illuminate 49-year-old

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Uber suspends testing of automated cars after pedestrian killed

March 19, 2018 by David Gambrill

Uber has suspended all testing of its self-driving cars after an Uber car in autonomous mode reportedly struck and killed a woman in Phoenix, Arizona. Uber suspended its testing of autonomous vehicles in Toronto, Phoenix, Pittsburgh and Arizona after a

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Uber nearing autonomous cars without human backup driver

January 19, 2018 Tom Krisher - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

DETROIT – Uber plans to carry passengers in autonomous vehicles without human backup drivers in about the same time frame as competitors, which expect to be on the road at the latest sometime next year, the service’s autonomous vehicle chief

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Rideshare Redux

January 17, 2018 Jason Contant, Online Editor

California-based Lyft is coming to Canada. Has the industry learned from Uber?

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Provincial board approves new ride-hailing insurance rates

January 16, 2018 The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG – Manitoba’s Public Utilities Board has approved new insurance rates for ride-hailing company drivers that businesses such as Uber and Lyft have said will keep them setting up shop in Winnipeg. The board has given approval to a Manitoba

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Uber says no to MPI’s unique approach for insuring ridesharing

January 12, 2018 by David Gambrill

Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI)’s novel “time band” approach for insuring ridesharing companies backfired when Uber took a pass on the model recently. “This product structure differs greatly from insurance models in place across North America (including Ontario, Alberta and Quebec)

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Uber privacy breach could affect 815,000 Canadians

December 12, 2017 Ian Bickis - THE CANADIAN PRESS

CALGARY – Uber Canada said late Monday that 815,000 Canadian riders and drivers may have been affected as part of its worldwide data breach announced in November. The disclosure came the same day the federal privacy commissioner said it had

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Adjusters wonder how to verify ridesharing driver hours

November 24, 2017 Jason Contant, Online Editor

Verifying the number of hours a driver uses ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft could be problematic for underwriters and adjusters, one adjuster told Canadian Underwriter on Wednesday. “In the course of their investigation, an adjuster can ask, ‘How