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Drivers for Uber, Lyft and delivery services sue to overturn California Prop. 22

They say the ballot measure denying them employee status is unconstitutional

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The Boring Company offers a look inside a Las Vegas loop station

It's still very much a work in progress

The Boring Company shared a short clip showing off one of the underground stations it’s building as part of the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) loop.

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Hyundai looks ahead to new SUVs and the Santa Cruz truck in 2021 - plus urban air taxis by 2028

The Korean automaker has lofty plans for the next decade

"We are all-in on autonomous vehicles," as well as electric vehicles, said Jose Munoz, president and CEO and Hyundai Motor North America, at an Automotive Press Association teleconference. Early next year, the redesigned Tucson compact crossover goes into production at Hyundai's Montgomery, Alabama plant, which also will begin building the Santa Cruz in late spring as part of a $410 million expansion. Munoz said Hyundai will work with the new Biden administration to develop infrastructure to s

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Virgin Hyperloop propels first human passengers in high-speed test

'It felt not that much different than accelerating in a sports car'

Richard Branson's Virgin Hyperloop has completed the world's first passenger ride on a super high-speed levitating pod system, the company said on Sunday, a key safety test for technology it hopes will transform human and cargo transportation. Virgin Hyperloop executives Josh Giegel, its Chief Technology Officer, and Sara Luchian, Director of Passenger Experience, reached speeds of up to 107 miles per hour (172 km per hour) at the company's DevLoop test site in Las Vegas, Nevada, the company sa

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Amtrak vows to work with future Biden administration

Biden has a train station named after him in Wilmington, Delaware

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The fate of Uber and Lyft drivers in California will be decided today

It all comes down to a vote for or against Proposition 22

Companies describe the contest as a matter of ensuring flexibility for a new generation of workers who want to choose when and how they work. Opponents see an effort to exploit workers and avoid employee-related costs that could amount to more than $392 million each for Uber Technologies Inc, Lyft Inc, a Reuters calculation showed.

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Uganda's 'taxi divas' rise from COVID-19's economic gloom

It's uncommon to find women taxi drivers in socially conservative Uganda

Then it was another woman's turn in the exercise to prepare drivers for Uganda's new all-female ride-hailing service, Diva Taxi. The taxi service, dreamed up by a local woman who lost her logistics job at the start of the coronavirus outbreak, was launched in June and has recruited over 70 drivers. It's uncommon to find women taxi drivers in Uganda, a socially conservative East African country where most women labor on farms or pursue work in the informal sector.

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Uber and Lyft spend big in California to oppose gig worker law

The companies claim most of their workers don't want to be full-time employees

The two ride-hailing companies would each face more than $392 million in annual payroll taxes and workers' compensation costs even if they drastically cut the number of drivers on their platforms, a Reuters calculation showed. The companies say they would need to significantly hike prices to offset at least some of those additional costs, which in turn would likely cause a decrease in consumer demand, but cushion the blow of the added costs to the bottom line.

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Zoox becomes fourth company to land driverless testing permit in California

The company was acquired by Amazon earlier this year

Zoox, the automated vehicle technology startup that was acquired by Amazon this year, has been issued a permit from California regulators that will allow it to test driverless vehicles on public roads. The permit is not for all public roads in the state, but it's still notable, considering the company will be able to test its vehicles without a human safety operator behind the wheel. The California Department of Motor Vehicles, the agency that regulates automated vehicle testing in the state,

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Judge grants Uber and Lyft a reprieve in California

The two ridesharing companies had threatened to shut down operations on Friday

Lyft in a blog post on Thursday said it would suspend its California operations at midnight. Uber in a blogpost said it would have to temporarily shut down unless the appeals court intervenes. Lyft shares dropped 6.2% to $26.41, while Uber shares were down 2.3% to $28.74.

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Uber may be forced to shut down California ride services over new driver ruling

Judge granted request for injunction preventing independent contractor classification

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Uber, Lyft blocked from classifying drivers as contractors in California

California is Uber’s and Lyft’s largest U.S. market

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Uber rides take COVID-19 hit but food-delivery business doubles

Uber still seeks profitability before end of 2021

Uber recorded an adjusted loss in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization of $837 million in the second quarter. Ride-hailing trips, in the past responsible for nearly two-thirds of Uber's revenue, increased 5 percentage points from their low in April, but gross bookings remained down 75% from last year. Uber's chief executive officer, Dara Khosrowshahi, told analysts on a conference call on Thursday that rides recovery depended on the ability of different countries to

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Lyft partners with rental group Sixt to target carless city dwellers

Rent a car through the ride-hailing app, bypass the rental counter to pick it up

Lyft users can book a designated car through the ride-hailing app, add insurance and extras and directly pick up the car from the rental lot without waiting at the counter. Lyft already runs a limited rental car program in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area without the involvement of any car rental companies. "COVID has caused a change in behavior and people need different transportation options," Cal Lankton, Lyft's vice president of Fleet & Global Operations, said in an interview.

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Revel suspends NYC scooter service after two fatal crashes

ER doctor says her hospital treats several Revel-related injuries per shift

Ride-sharing scooter startup Revel said Tuesday it is suspending operations in New York City after a second fatal crash in less than two weeks. Revel tweeted that service “will be shut down until further notice” as it reviews safety and rider accountability measures. Mayor Bill de Blasio said city officials spoke to Revel executives on Tuesday and made clear the company’s safety record is “an unacceptable state of affairs.”

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Know your rights as a rideshare passenger

Especially in the time of coronavirus

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As ADA turns 30, finding just-right mobility for the disabled is a challenge

There's a need for solutions beyond wheelchairs — look hard, they're out there

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