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Brakes tapped on ridesharing in B.C. despite election promises to allow Uber

October 4, 2017 Dirk Meissner - THE CANADIAN PRESS

VICTORIA – An election promise to bring ridesharing to British Columbia by the end of the year has taken a detour as the NDP government says safety of passengers and operators comes first. Transportation Minister Claire Trevena said Tuesday the

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55% of poll respondents will not ride in a fully autonomous vehicle, Gartner survey finds

August 26, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

An online survey from research and advisory company Gartner, Inc. has found that 55% of polled respondents “will not consider riding in a fully autonomous vehicle.” The Gartner Consumer Trends in Automotive survey polled 1,519 people in the United States

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B.C. Green Party leader to re-introduce ridesharing legislation in the fall

August 22, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The leader of the BC Green Party said on Monday that he will re-introduce legislation this fall to enable ridesharing in the province.
Andrew Weaver said in a press release that he has twice introduced the Ridesharing Enabling Act, once in April 2016 and again in February 2017.
“All parties want to see B.C. be a leader in the emerging economy,” Weaver said in the release. “To do so, government must take a proactive, responsive approach that considers the wide ranging impacts of technological innovation. Vancouver is the largest…

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Accenture launches “Liquid Studio” in Toronto to help clients accelerate digital transformation

August 18, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Global professional services company Accenture has opened a new “Liquid Studio” in Toronto to help clients “to turn ideas into innovative applications and solutions with speed and agility.” The Liquid Studio uses rapid development approaches, including agile methodologies and DevOps

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Uber launches fleet of mapping vehicles in Vancouver ahead of fall rollout

August 10, 2017 The Canadian Press (CPSTF)

VANCOUVER – A popular ride-hailing company wants to get the lay of the land as it gears up to hit the streets of Metro Vancouver by the end of the year. Uber Canada is launching an urban mapping program this

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62% of Canadians “oppose” or “somewhat oppose” banning ridesharing services: poll

July 25, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

More than six in 10 Canadians (62%) oppose or somewhat oppose banning ridesharing services such as Uber, according to recent polling conducted by Nanos Research. When asked their level of support for banning services like Uber, slightly more than three

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Platform provider revenues for sharing economy forecast to double in 2022: Juniper Research

July 24, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The move by established sectors to press their first-mover advantage looks poised to push growth in the sharing economy much higher over the next five years, reaching US$40.2 billion in 2022, notes a new research report released Monday by U.K.-based

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Canadian insurance industry needs clear direction and proper framework to address marijuana legalization, industry event hears

June 2, 2017 Jason Contant, Online Editor

The insurance industry in Canada needs clear direction from governments and a proper framework to address the upcoming legalization of marijuana, attendees to an industry event heard on Thursday. “First and foremost, we do not as an industry, and cannot,

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New Insurance Institute webinar to explore the sharing economy as an “opportunity and a threat” for Canadian p&c industry

May 30, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Insurance Institute of Canada (IIC) will host a webinar examining the sharing economy as both an opportunity and a threat to the Canadian p&c industry. The webinar is scheduled for June 14 at 1 p.m. EDT. It offers “future-forward

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Uber announces Toronto research hub for self-driving technology

May 8, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Uber has announced that Toronto will be the first international research hub of its Advanced Technologies Group. The technology company also welcomed Raquel Urtasun, an associate professor at the University of Toronto “and one of the world’s leading researchers in

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FCA, Google begin offering rides in self-driving cars

April 25, 2017 Dee-Ann Durbin - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

DETROIT – Fiat Chrysler and Google for the first time will offer rides to the public in the self-driving vehicles they are building under an expanding partnership. The companies announced in the spring of last year that they would build

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All generations in the United States except Millenials becoming more skeptical of self-driving technology: J.D. Power study

April 19, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

With the exception of Millenials, all other generational groups in the United States are becoming more skeptical of self-driving technology, posing a threat to car manufacturers and technology developers, a new study from J.D. Power has found. The J.D. Power