Uber Opens Safety Center in Brazil

Uber’s Safety Product Director Sachin Kansal said in a meeting that throughout the following five years Uber would finance an office with around 150 tech masters in Sao Paulo, where the organization gives a larger number of rides than anyplace on the planet.

The improvement focus, Uber’s first in Latin America and one of twelve around the globe, will open before the finish of 2018.

Brazil is Uber’s second-biggest national market after the United States, with 1 billion rides in the previous four years and a gainful main concern, as indicated by administrators. However the basic of tolerating money for rides as opposed to depending exclusively using a credit card and check cards has additionally brought safety challenges.

CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, who took control one year back, has said security is Uber’s best need.

While in the United States and other created markets concerns have concentrated on the security of riders, in developing markets the risk can cut both courses, as drivers tolerating money have moved toward becoming focuses for assaults.

New devices help to affirm the character of clients without charge cards, he said. One such strategy, which requires what might as well be called a government managed savings number for a rider to pay with money, was presented a year ago after a spike in assaults.

Uber additionally enables drivers and riders to impart their areas continuously to contacts. The level of Uber clients that actuate the element is in the “high single digits,” he said.

Careem, Middle-East ride-hailing service, to raise $500 Million in New Capital

Middle East ride-hailing app Careem wants to raise as much as $500 million in new funds from investors.

Careem, Uber’s rival in the region, is testing the waters for potential investors and hopes to drum up its targeted $500 million in a new funding, according to anonymous sources.

Some of the money could go towards new business ventures. Careem may be looking to diversify its asset base ahead of a potential initial public offering. Careem has mentioned on numerous occasions they may go public.

Careem, who is serving 90 different cities, said it is eager to enter new markets. These include Tunisia and Algeria. They’ve already started the move to diversify by announcing the acquisition of restaurant listing reservation platform RoundMenu. With this addition Careem hopes to experiment with food delivery similar to Uber Eats.


FBI Investigates Uber for Alleged Espionage

The FBI is investigating Uber who is under suspicion for illegally tampering with the operations of competitors, according to the Wall Street Journal. The focus of the investigation centers on a software program known internally at Uber as “Hell” that could be used to track drivers working for rival service Lyft.

The program, discontinued last year, allowed Uber to create fake accounts and track drivers and ride prices. This also allowed Uber to obtain data on drivers who worked with both the car-ride providers and could have allowed it to lure drivers to leave Lyft with cash incentives.

At the time of the WSJ publication Uber could not be reached for comment.

The key question for investigators was whether the program comprised of unauthorized access of a computer. The investigation is being led by the FBI’s New York office and the Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office.


Google Search Leader to Lead Uber Self-Driving Division

Uber Technologies, the popular ride-hailing company, has announced they hired Amit Singhal, the man behind Google search, to work closely with Uber CEO Travis Kalanick to help grow the Uber self-driving car program.

Singhal announced on his personal blog that after 15 years leading Google’s search division, Alphabet, Inc., he will take on the role as senior VP of engineering at Uber and act as adviser to Kalanick as well as Anthony Levandowski who leads the Uber’s self-driving division. In his blog Singhal noted that he was excited and lovingly called Uber a “geeks candy store.”

Uber debuted its self-driving car pilot in Pittsburgh, PA, in September. It launched a second fleet in San Francisco last month, but a feud with California regulators over Uber’s failure to obtain proper permitting compelled the company to take its autonomous testing cars off the streets.

Uber then packed up its cars and brought them to Arizona, where there are no special regulations for autonomous testing.
Singhal announced his intentions to leave Google a year ago.

Uh-oh. Say it isn’t so!

This week, Uber launched a fleet of self-driving Volvo SUVs. Within hours, one of these cars ran a red light. The video below was recorded from a Luxor cab in San Francisco. That same day, someone in a Lyft car witnessed another similar incident.

Uber claims these incidents were due to human error as right now, they are requiring people to be seated behind the steering wheels. Drivers have been suspended over this.

Joe tells Jody about a new way to ride.

Imagine getting the family all packed in the car ready to drive to your vacation destination. Imagine everyone sitting in their seats reading their email, watching a dvd, or even Netflix. Everyone. Even you the “driver.” How can this be?

Imagine you arrive at the airport. You call for a car. No one is in it. It takes you to your hotel.

Imagine the car of the future. Driverless.

That may be sooner rather than later. Google has been commissioned by Uber to produce 2500 driverless cars. The cars will have wi-fi connectivity.

The future is here, Jody.

~ Joe Victor