Taxi drones set for July launch of passenger service over Dubai — RT News

Dubai is aiming to become the world’s first city to have passenger-carrying drones operating in its skies. Speaking at a summit in the city on Monday the Emirate’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said they are on track to launch them by July.

A handful of startups are launching ride-hailing for children | The Economist

“HELICOPTER parent” may sound like an insult, but given the chance, most parents would probably opt for the help of a chopper to zoom little ones between school, football practice and piano lessons. Getting children where they need to go is a huge hassle and expense, especially in homes where both parents work.

Uber blames humans for self-driving car traffic offenses as California orders halt | Technology | The Guardian

California regulators ordered Uber to remove its self-driving vehicles from the road on the same day that the company’s vehicles were caught running red lights – violations the company immediately blamed on “human error”.

San Francisco, your Self-Driving Uber is arriving now

In September, we introduced the world’s first Self-Driving Ubers to the Steel City. Three months later, we’re bringing Volvo XC90s to San Francisco. We’re incredibly excited to work with Volvo to pair our state-of-the-art self-driving technology with Volvo’s outstanding vehicle development and core safety capabilities.

Uber’s China app is now separate from its global app — and a nightmare for foreigners | TechCrunch

If you’re an overseas visitor to China, you’ll no longer be able to use Uber for your rides. Didi Chuxing, which is in the process of acquiring Uber’s China business, rolled out an update which decouples the Uber China app from the Uber global app.

Would You Rent Your Car to a Total Stranger? – Bloomberg

When carpooling service Amovens added a peer-to-peer car rental option in 2015, David Jurado didn’t hesitate to try it. The Seville native who lives in Madrid had frequently used Amovens and BlaBlaCar to find passengers who could split the costs of fuel and tolls on longer trips.

Uberworld | The Economist

“LET’S Uber.” Few companies offer something so popular that their name becomes a verb. But that is one of the many achievements of Uber, a company founded in 2009 which is now the world’s most valuable startup, worth around $70 billion. Its app can summon a car in moments in more than 425 cities around the world, to the fury of taxi drivers everywhere.

Uber China and Didi Merge — Self-Driving Cars — Medium

Uber China (not global Uber) is merging with Didi Chuxing. These are the two biggest ride-sharing services in China, and they’re becoming one. This news is really about the ride-sharing wars, and not so much about autonomous vehicles.

But a lot of people believe that autonomous vehicles and ride-sharing services will be integrated in the future, so it seems worth noting.

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