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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

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Uber hack raises disclosure concerns, calls for stronger data protection

November 23, 2017 Ian Bickis - THE CANADIAN PRESS

The theft of details on millions of Uber customers, and the company’s efforts to cover up the breach, have raised alarms among privacy experts and renewed calls for better data protection laws in Canada. Uber admitted Tuesday that hackers stole

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Uber isn’t saying how many Canadians were affected by year-old hack

November 22, 2017 The Canadian Press (CPSTF)

TORONTO – Privacy advocates are raising alarms at Uber’s reluctance to disclose a year-old security breach that saw hackers steal the personal information of millions of customers around the world. Uber admitted Monday that hackers stole names, email addresses and

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Are Lyft drivers insured like Uber drivers?

November 21, 2017 Jason Contant, Online Editor

Given Lyft’s promised arrival in Canada by the end of the year, insurance coverage for the ride-sharing service remains a big question mark. “I am concerned because I have not yet heard that Lyft has contracted with anyone to provide

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Ride-hailing service Lyft expanding to Toronto market in first push outside U.S.

November 13, 2017 The Canadian Press

TORONTO – Ride-hailing company Lyft is bringing its service to Canada. The company announced Monday that it is coming to Toronto in what will be its first expansion outside of the United States. “Our passports are packed and we’re crossing

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Uber backs off plans to shutter Quebec operation, says it will continue for now

October 13, 2017 Sidhartha Banerjee - THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – Ride-hailing service Uber is backing down on a threat to shutter its Quebec operations, at least for now. The multinational announced Friday it won’t pull the plug on its Quebec wing as planned this weekend because it hopes