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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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Ride Hailing Giant Uber Starts its Services in Vancouver

Uber, Lyft start ride hailing services in Vancouver

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Uber has started its official rides and app in Vancouver, British Columbia, making it the last major city in North America to get the cab hailing services. Pixabay

Ride hailing giant Uber has started its official rides and app in Vancouver, British Columbia, making it the last major city in North America to get the cab hailing services.

This isn’t the first attempt that the ride hailing giant has made to operate in Vancouver. The city was one of the first target markets outside of the US during the company’s expansion in 2012.

However, the British Columbia Passenger Transportation Board, an independent tribunal that makes licensing decisions for commercial passenger-directed vehicles, informed Uber that it would need to charge a minimum of $75 per trip, the same as other chauffeur services, which caused the company to exit the market, wccftech reported on Saturday.

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This isn’t the first attempt that the ride hailing giant has made to operate in Vancouver. This isn’t the first attempt that Uber has made to operate in Vancouver. Pixabay

It is pertinent to note that people in Vancouver, BC can hail rides from San Fransisco headquartered Lyft, too.

The approvals technically cover the whole of the Lower Mainland and the skiing destination of Whistler, BC, although that wider permission only allows for drop-offs.

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The companies only have permission to pick up passengers in Vancouver.

Most other cities in the region (including Burnaby and Richmond) expect to offer licenses soon, though, with Surrey being the notable exception, according to Engadget. (IANS)