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Why Uber has a new insurer

October 23, 2020 Jason Contant, Online Editor

After a five-year-long business relationship with Intact, ridesharing giant Uber moved its business to Economical. What prompted the move?

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Why Uber Canada dropped Intact as its insurance provider

September 16, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Ride sharing firm Uber Canada chose Economical as its insurance provider because Uber would not agree to Intact’s pricing, a senior Intact executive said Tuesday. “We had a very good relationship, we just couldn’t agree on the price,” Intact CFO

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How possible is a hybrid insurance model for the sharing economy?

August 24, 2020 by Jason Contant

Being able to distinguish between personal and commercial usage is one of the biggest unique differences with underwriting for the sharing economy, but the abundance of data available makes a hybrid insurance model possible, Economical Insurance said recently. “You can

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Economical to take over commercial ridesharing insurance coverage from Intact

August 21, 2020 by Jason Contant

Economical Insurance will replace Intact Insurance as the commercial auto insurer for Uber in four Canadian provinces effective Sept. 1. Waterloo, Ont.-based Economical announced Tuesday in a press release the “new and significant relationship with Uber in Canada, designed to

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Ride-hailing in Vancouver area detours to courts

January 29, 2020 The Canadian Press

Ride-hailing is common in many major Canadian cities, but the long-awaited arrival of Uber and Lyft in Metro Vancouver last week has produced lawsuits and a vow by Surrey’s mayor to keep the companies’ drivers off the streets. Premier John

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Uber autonomous vehicle testing resumes in Toronto

December 20, 2018 Ian Bickis - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Uber Technologies Inc. says its self-driving vehicles have returned to the streets of Toronto in a modified program after it halted testing earlier this year when one of its autonomous vehicles struck and killed a pedestrian in Arizona.

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Saskatchewan approves ride hailing rules

December 7, 2018 Ryan McKenna - THE CANADIAN PRESS

REGINA – Saskatchewan has approved ride-hailing regulations but it could be a while before companies and drivers hit the road in the province’s two biggest cities. Rules are to take effect on Dec. 14 but the minister responsible for Saskatchewan

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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