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Feds vow to clear road for self-driving car makers

The Trump administration has a message for the scores of companies racing to develop self-driving cars: We want to make your life easier. U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao unveiled revised [Read entire story]

Feds probe Uber ‘Hell’ program for tracking Lyft drivers

Uber is facing a third federal probe, this time for allegedly spying on Lyft drivers — a development that underscores the many challenges new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi faces at the world’s most valuable startup. [Read entire story]

Turo lands $92 million for peer-to-peer car rental

San Francisco’s Turo, which helps people rent their cars to other people, has landed $92 million in funding, co-led by Germany’s Daimler and South Korea’s SK, a major conglomerate. The investment brings total [Read entire story]

Uber Freight expands trucking service to California, other states

Uber Freight is a new service being tested by San Francisco-based company Uber in California, Arizona, Chicago, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. [Read entire story]

SF seeks court orders to force Uber, Lyft to share data

San Francisco is seeking court orders to compel Uber and Lyft to share information about their driving practices in the city. Herrera wants four years of records about topics such as driving practices, disability access [Read entire story]

TravelCar hopes flier-to-flier car rentals ready to take off

If that premise sounds familiar, that’s because it was the pitch for FlightCar, a San Francisco startup that abruptly shut down a year ago after setting up operations at 12 U.S. airports and then burning through some [Read entire story]

Uber lets users request rides for others

Starting Tuesday, when a user requests a pickup at a spot other than their own location, the app will ask if the ride is for a family member or friend. The rider will get a text notification, if they have a cell phone, [Read entire story]

Uber finally adds tipping to ride-hail app

“This will have a meaningful impact on drivers’ bottom lines and provide a good incentive to go above and beyond while driving, which will help Uber’s brand,” said Harry Campbell, a Los Angeles driver who runs [Read entire story]

Uber’s Kalanick takes leave for grieving

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick will temporarily step away from running the embattled ride-hailing company as he grieves the recent death of his mother, he told employees in an email Tuesday morning. “Recent events have [Read entire story]

Can Movebutter spread across US amid heated grocery competition?

Internet giants like Amazon and Google, retail behemoths like Walmart, Safeway and Target, and scores of brick-and-mortar stores like Whole Foods (often partnered with delivery services like Instacart or Postmates) are [Read entire story]

Uber, Lyft cars have heavy impact on SF streets, study finds

When only considering trips that start or end within the city — the focus of the authority’s study — ride-hail vehicles amount to a fifth of all vehicle miles. “The perception that there are a tremendous number [Read entire story]

SF demands data from Uber, Lyft on city trips, driver bonuses

[...] the city wants Uber and Lyft to share details on how many ride-hailing cars are roving the streets and when, so it can ensure that they comply with local laws; assess their impact on traffic congestion, safety, [Read entire story]

Uber appeals arbitration ruling in Waymo case

Waymo alleges that Uber and its subsidiary Otto used crucial autonomous-car technology stolen by a former key Waymo engineer. In a ruling last week, U.S. District Judge William Alsup said that Uber and Waymo do not have [Read entire story]

San Francisco could ban sidewalk delivery robots

Delivery robots, a sci-fi idea that recently entered real-world testing, would be banned from San Francisco sidewalks under legislation Supervisor Norman Yee introduced on Tuesday. “Seniors, children, people with [Read entire story]

SF to Uber: Provide driver info — it’s the law

City Attorney Dennis Herrera on Thursday went to court to compel Uber to provide the names and addresses of all its local drivers so the city can notify them of their obligation to get a business license, something San [Read entire story]

Chariot drivers vote to join Teamsters

Chariot drivers vote to join Teamsters A majority of the 215 drivers signed union authorization cards, the Teamsters said on Tuesday, crediting Chariot and its owner, Ford Motor Co., for staying neutral during the union [Read entire story]

Uber fights to block SF’s demand for drivers’ names, addresses

“The tax collector’s office is asking us to give them personal information of drivers — including their home address — without their consent and will put that information on a public website,” Wayne Ting, [Read entire story]

Airbnb’s long, complex history with San Francisco

Room for improvement From a SoMa rent-making scheme to a company worth $31 billion, Airbnb has grown up a lot over the past decade — and often clashed with its hometown. Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia offer airbeds for [Read entire story]

Airbnb settles SF suit, agrees to register all local hosts

Echoing Airbnb’s refrain about why most of its hosts rent to travelers, Herrera said: “The settlement will also make it easier for residents who follow the rules to supplement their income by renting out a spare room [Read entire story]

Uber claims it will having flying cars in Texas and Dubai by 2020

[...] he took to a Dallas stage on Tuesday to announce that Uber will offer a flying-car taxi service in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and Dubai by 2020 — something he said “fits cleanly into our mission” and Uber’s [Read entire story]