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Uber to Work on Autonomous Bikes, Scooters Option

The company's self-driving car division was temporarily shut down in 2018 after a fatal crash in the US state of Arizona

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Photo shows an exterior view of the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. (VOA)

Resuming its self-driving programme, global ride-sharing major Uber has hired a “micromobility robotics” team to work on autonomous bikes and scooters.

The company is working to develop electric scooters and bicycles which can drive themselves around cities in order to reach customers and charging points.

Electric scooter and bicycle-sharing services, including Uber’s Jump business as well as competitors Bird and Lime, allow customers to collect the vehicles and then leave them on the pavement outside their destination, The Telegraph reported late on Sunday.

“The business hasn’t published any further information on the project, but said in an online hiring page that it plans to ‘improve safety, rider experience, and operational efficiency of our shared electric scooters and bicycles through the application of sensing and robotics technologies’,” the report added.

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The company is facing stiff competition from Lime, Lyft and numerous other entrants.

The move would give it a way to stand out, not to mention ingratiate itself with city officials who would otherwise balk, according to the Engadget.

The company’s self-driving car division was temporarily shut down in 2018 after a fatal crash in the US state of Arizona.

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A self-driving Volvo SUV from Uber travelling at 64 km per hour had killed a woman, triggering a heated debate on whether autonomous cars are safe enough and who is to blame for the death. (IANS)

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Riders in Bengaluru Forget Belongings The Most in Uber

The most forgetful days in 2018 were September 1, June 9, and July 15

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Bengaluru has become the most forgetful city for the third time in a row as most users from the city forgot their personal belongings in Uber vehicles, the ride-hailing giant said on Wednesday.

According to the third edition of “Uber Lost & Found Index”, Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad followed the list, with phones and cameras being the most forgotten items in Uber cabs.

“The ‘most outrageous’ items Uber users forgot in the vehicles were aluminium storage shelves, gold chains, baby prams, milk sachets, live fish and yoga mats,” the company said in a statement.

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Photo shows an exterior view of the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. (VOA)

The most common days of the week to report items as “lost” in Uber cars are Saturday and Sunday while people are most likely to forget an item between 1 p.m.-3 p.m., the company added.

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Riders didn’t just leave the usual stuff; even an ukulele and bunch of bananas have been reported as lost.

The most forgetful days in 2018 were September 1, June 9, and July 15. (IANS)