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Chariot settles federal disabled-access investigation

Chariot, a private commuter-van service, has settled a federal investigation into its access for people with disabilities, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. The San Francisco company will pay [Read entire story]

Uber to boost driver pay for canceled pickups

Uber is making changes to how its drivers are paid — and for once, drivers are happy with the new approach. Drivers who have to cover extra long distances to pick up a passenger and whose rides are [Read entire story]

Chariot resuming commuter service in San Francisco Monday afternoon

Chariot, the San Francisco commuter shuttle that regulators forced to suspend operations in the city on Thursday, will resume full service by 3 p.m. on Monday, the company said. “Service will be back [Read entire story]

Some Chariot drivers had improper licenses, California Highway Patrol says

Chariot, the consumer-shuttle service that was forced by regulators to suspend operations in San Francisco on Thursday, had an unknown number of improperly licensed drivers during three separate safety inspections, [Read entire story]

Chariot ordered to put brakes on commuter service in SF

Chariot, the commuter shuttle service owned by Ford Motor Co., has temporarily shut down service in San Francisco after a regulator said it failed some safety inspections. Chariot, headquartered in San [Read entire story]

After the smoke clears: Wine Country economy expected to rebound

Those who lost loved ones, their homes or their businesses in the Northern California wildfires will struggle with the impact of the inferno even after the fires are extinguished and the smoke clears. [Read entire story]

Will wildfires spike everyone’s insurance rates?

It will take months to assess the financial costs of the still-raging Wine Country fires. Once insurance companies pay homeowners and businesses for their catastrophic losses, will everyone in California end up paying [Read entire story]

Uber, Lyft reduce transit use, increase vehicle miles, report says

As ride-hailing has exploded in popularity, it’s caused a slight decrease in car ownership — but has also reduced use of public transit, biking and walking. The result is a likely increase in both traffic and the [Read entire story]

Uber, Lyft avoid fingerprint checks again under proposed California regulation

State regulators declined to require biometric background checks, such as fingerprints, for Lyft and Uber drivers, but plan to require annual checks, codifying something the companies already do. A [Read entire story]

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]