Microsoft Corporation Surface Book Is A Blow To Its OEM Partners
Microsoft Surface Book is an impressive Windows 10 laptop, but it begs us to ask the question; is the company going against its OEM partners?
Alphabet Inc.’s executive, David Drummond, who was a director on the Uber board, has stepped down as the two companies increasingly clash over the future of the autonomous vehicle business. Recently, Uber and Alphabet have escalated their efforts to introduce autonomous cars on the roads, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal.
Ride hailing companies Uber and Careem have suspended their services in the capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, due to “unforeseen circumstances” that the companies had to face with the regulators. However, both the companies hope to resume their operations soon in the region.
Uber started off strong and became a leader in the ride-hailing industry, but lately it has lost billions worldwide. 2016 was no different for the now $62.5 billion company. Uber has reportedly lost $1.27 billion during the first half this year, according to a report by Bloomberg.
Self-driving cars are considered to be the future of transportation. Now, Singapore became the first country to launch a self-driving taxi service with taxis operating under nuTonomy. The startup has also beaten Uber in the launch of driverless taxis. Currently, Uber has plans to launch its driverless taxi fleet this month in Pittsburgh.
Uber is finally ready to put its driverless cars out of the test phase and make it available to customers. According to Bloomberg, Pittsburgh residents will be the first ones to take advantage of this service by the end of this month, absolutely free.
Uber suffers another blow in the quest to classify its drivers as contractors rather than employees. A federal judge in San Francisco rejected the company’s offer to pay $100 million in settlement to its drivers in California and Massachusetts, which shows that the company may not win the settlement case.
As demand for self-autonomous vehicles continues to surge at a rapid pace, it comes as no surprise that Volvo Car Corp and ride hailing giant, Uber, have decided to collaborate in a bid to develop self-autonomous vehicles. The companies have signed an agreement according to which they will invest $300 million to develop fully autonomous vehicles by 2021.
It seems like Uber can’t catch a break as it hops from one problem to the other. The ride hailing company is all set to take Transport for London (TfL) to court over written English test. TfL has asked drivers of private companies, who are not from native English speaking companies, to pass written English tests. Uber believes that the test can pose a serious threat to its business.