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Uber sells loss-making flying taxi division to Joby Aviation

Uber has sold its loss-making flying taxi division, Elevate, to a Californian startup as it abandons costly side projects in an attempt to turn a profit next year. The sale to Joby Aviation, announced late on Tuesday, comes a day after Uber ditched ambitions to develop its own self-driving car and sold its autonomous vehicle…
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December 9, 2020 0

Family of Uber Eats rider killed in Sydney files workers’ compensation claim in test for gig economy

The family of an Uber Eats rider killed in Australia this year has filed a workers’ compensation claim against Uber, in what could become a landmark case for the gig economy. Five delivery riders have died in Australia since the end of September. Dede Fredy, a 36-year-old Uber Eats worker from Indonesia, died on 27…
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December 8, 2020 0

Uber ditches effort to develop own self-driving car

Uber has ditched efforts to develop its own self-driving car with the multibillion-dollar sale of its driverless car division to a Silicon Valley startup. The ride-hailing company is selling the business, known as Advanced Technologies Group (ATG), for a reported $4bn (£3bn) to Aurora, a start-up that makes sensors and software for autonomous vehicles and…
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December 8, 2020 0

Food delivery deaths: NSW transport minister criticised for ‘victim blaming’

The New South Wales transport minister, Andrew Constance, has been criticised for “victim-blaming” comments made about the recent deaths of delivery riders. Five delivery riders have been killed in road crashes in Australia since 27 September, an average of one every 11 days. In Sydney, two Uber Eats riders were killed in separate crashes on…
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November 25, 2020 0

Death of Sydney Uber Eats rider the fourth food delivery fatality in two months

An Uber Eats delivery rider has been killed in Sydney in what is the fourth death among food delivery workers in the past two months. Bijoy Paul, a 27-year-old man from Bangladesh, was hit by a car in the Sydney suburb of Rockdale at 11am on Saturday while on a delivery for Uber Eats. He…
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November 23, 2020 0

Australian rideshare drivers found to be earning $12 an hour and at risk of harassment and assault

Uber and other rideshare drivers are earning an average of $12 an hour during the Covid-19 pandemic, and 17% have been sexually harassed or assaulted by passengers, according to a new survey of the gig economy. A survey of 230 workers – 93% of whom work for Uber – has revealed a range of violent…
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November 14, 2020 0