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Autonomous Uber vehicle kills pedestrian in Arizona

Earlier this week, on exactly Monday morning, was a devastating incident that involved Uber, an autonomous vehicle, and a pedestrian. Long story short, there was a pedestrian that was hit by an autonomous Uber vehicle, and was left dead in Arizona.

The vehicle was an autonomous Volvo XC90, and the victim was a female pedestrian who had just crossed in front of the vehicle outside of a crosswalk. The woman did not pass away on the spot, and was even brought to the hospital. However, she later died due to the injuries she had on her body.

It was in Tempe, near Mill Avenue and Curry Road, where the incident occurred, said the local police. This, in fact, is the very first incident that involved a self driving vehicle. According to reports by The New York Times, the vehicle was in autonomous mode, with a safety driver behind the wheel when the incident occurred outside of a crosswalk.

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UberOne service is launched in Dubai, Tesla Model S and Model X are available for booking

Starting this month, the Uber Service in Dubai will begin to offer the new Tesla Model S or Model X to bring passengers to their destination. This comes as Uber entered into a partnership with Dubai Taxi Corporation to become the company’s exclusive ride-hailing partner for its fleet of luxury electric vehicles.

Earlier this year, Tesla inked a deal to deliver 200 units of the Model S sedan and Model X SUV – all ‘fully self-driving-capability’ to Dubai Taxi. The taxi company took delivery of 50 of these Tesla vehicles in September and is now readying them for public use. To this regard, Dubai Taxi entered into a partnership with Uber, which will deploy these 50 new Tesla vehicles under UberONE service in Dubai.

This means that riders across Dubai now have the chance to request a Tesla Model S or Model X from their smartphones. The service could be accessed just by downloading the Uber app and selecting the UberOne option.

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Uber plans to debut flying taxis by 2020

It appears that flying cars will no longer be experienced solely by the Jetsons. That is, if Uber pushes through with the plan. During the early part of the week, Jeff Holden, who is the Chief Product Officer of Uber, disclosed that the company is planning to shake up the taxi industry with the introduction of the flying taxi. Announced during the Uber Elevate Summit held in Dallas, the goal is to make all this possible before the end of this decade.

Holden said that the company plans to release this project by 2020 at both Dubai and Dallas-Fort Worth in Texas. While not exactly cars in a general sense, these flying taxis are in fact small electric aircraft that can take off vertically and land vertically as well. Meaning they can be considered as VTOL, which stands for vertical take-off and landing. Since it is powered by electricity, then there is the expectation that it will have no emissions. Further, they are projected to be quiet enough in order to be operated in urban areas.

As if to heighten the excitement even more, Uber said that the price will only be a bit expensive compared to UberX. In terms of figures, the company estimates that a mile may cost somewhere in the area of $1.32. However Uber believes that the price will likely go down over the long run and could become cheaper than actually owning a car.

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Uber resumes self-driving tests after collision in Arizona

Uber has resumed its self-driving tests after having had to temporarily put them on hold following a crash in Arizona on Friday. A Volvo XC90, the test vehicle involved in the accident was hit by another car at around 6:25 in the evening. According to Uber, the vehicle was set in self-driving mode while a driver was also on board. The other vehicle apparently is at fault for the incident as confirmed by the Tempe Police Department.

Luckily, none of the drivers were injured---considering the magnitude of the crash was substantial enough to turn the Uber car sideways. The test car also has no passengers in the backseat at the time of the incident. The photos are showing the SUV flipping over to its side while the other vehicle in the background sustained broken windows with several dents on the surface.

Although the transportation company was not to blame for this case, this is just among the many issues faced by Uber’s autonomous driving program. Uber’s test vehicles were disallowed on the public roads in California after it failed to secure a permit last December. It was not until it earned the support of Arizona’s Governor Doug Ducey that the ride sharing service proceeded with its self-driving tests.

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Uber was very thrilled that it was finally testing its self-driving vehicles in California. However, the thrill failed to last long, as regulators in the state seek to stop the company from doing such tests due to lack of necessary permits. To make matters worse, two of Uber’s self-driving vehicles were caught running red light in San Francisco, California.

Uber has been running its ride-hailing operations in San Francisco – where its headquarters is also located – since 2011. It recently ventured into self-driving ride-hailing vehicles, which made their debut in September 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After a few months, Uber commenced operations of its self-driving vehicles in San Francisco this week using camera-fitted Volvo XC90 seven-seater SUVs. Uber’s XC90 units are very fairly easy to notice to recognize thanks to the prominent mount on its rooftop. Uber’s self-driving rides could be good news, considering that the autonomous vehicle has been becoming a key point of future mobility. But maybe not for Uber.

It turned out that Uber failed to – or more so intently didn’t – secure any permit from the state of California to bring its self-driving Volvo XC90 units on the streets for testing. Companies wishing to have their autonomous or self-driving vehicles ply the streets in California need to secure permit to do so from the state, in particular from the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). According to DMV, such permit need to be secured in order to ensure public safety as autonomous technology is being tested.

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Horsing around at the backseat of a car may be a bit too old for many. But some folks still engage for a li’l bit of “foolin’ around”. One thing leads to another and before you know it, you’d be asked to go home and take a walk. If you have thoughts about getting down and dirty while riding an Uber car, well don’t! Uber has already made a list, checked it twice and will see to it who’s been naughty or nice.

Since holiday is just around the corner, Uber has probably anticipated that there will be a lot of late night parties, booze, sex, et cetera. Name it, it could all happen in one night. Yes, even onboard a public transport like Uber.

Let’s see what Uber has got on its bucket list. First and foremost, the new set of guidelines now has a “no sex rule” policy. Uber has made it clear that passengers follow its “no sexual conduct with fellow riders” and God forbid, even with the driver. Uber could disable your account permanently if you break their cardinal rule.

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