UBER driver data helps track and potentially alleviate urban traffic congestion — ScienceDaily

A new machine learning algorithm is poised to help urban transportation analysts relieve bottlenecks and chokepoints that routinely snarl city traffic.

The tool, called TranSEC, was developed at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to help urban traffic engineers get access to actionable information about traffic patterns in their cities.

Currently, publicly available traffic information at the street level is sparse and incomplete. Traffic engineers generally have relied on isolated traffic counts, collision statistics and speed data to determine roadway conditions. The new tool uses traffic datasets collected from UBER drivers and other publicly available traffic sensor data to map street-level traffic flow over time. It creates a big picture of city traffic using machine learning tools and the computing resources available at a national laboratory.

“What’s novel here is the street level estimation over a large metropolitan area,” said Arif Khan, a PNNL computer scientist who

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Uber Eats Postmates

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Uber claims more turf in the pandemic food delivery conquest: the company has finally acquired the grocery delivery service Postmates because, in Uber’s masterful doublespeak, “combination of platforms provides more choice.” They actually said that. Postmates will retain its logo and app but will merge its delivery network with Uber.

And, Christ—Uber is also announcing that it’s going on a national “listening tour,” so that restaurants and merchants can “give feedback.” The announcement comes, conveniently, after it won a legislative push to permanently deprive its drivers of fair wages and bargaining rights in its home state of California.

Uber and Postmates announced the deal a few months into the pandemic, as Eats looked like the sturdiest leg of Ubers’ operation. Though Uber remains unprofitable, some analysts hope that the deal, which is entirely in stock, will

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Uber made big promises in Kenya. Drivers say it’s ruined their lives.

NAIROBI, Kenya — At first, work as an Uber driver seemed to offer Harrison Munala everything he’d hoped for when he moved from a town in the western part of Kenya to its capital, Nairobi.

Uber seemed like the answer to Munala after he had spent nearly 15 years of informal employment as a house cleaner and school bus driver. Many of the energetic hustlers with middle-class aspirations who flock to East Africa’s economic hub thought so, too.

Work with Uber was so good that, about three years ago, after a year having driven a car he rented privately for 15,000 shillings a week (at the time, about $150), Munala, who is now 34, borrowed money from his sister for the down payment on a Toyota Passo, a compact car. And he took out a loan from Izwe, a pan-African microfinance and loan company.

Now, Munala figured, he could work

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US tech firms like Uber, Lyft, and DoorDash could pay gig workers up to 15% of their compensation in stock under new proposal


  • US tech firms including Uber, Lyft, and DoorDash could offer independent contractors up to 15% of their compensation in stock under a new regulatory proposal.
  • The proposal addresses heated debate in favor of allowing the fast-growing gig economy to enjoy more traditional benefits like job security.
  • The SEC’s proposal will be open for 60 days of public comment.
  • It is unclear if President-elect Joe Biden’s new SEC pick will finalize the pilot program.
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US app-based technology firms like Uber, Lyft, and DoorDash could offer equity compensation to their gig workers under a new SEC proposal announced Tuesday.

The regulator proposed a pilot program for tech platforms that employ food-delivery workers or drivers to get paid up to 15% of their compensation in stock rather than cash. Gig workers could not be paid in equity previously, but regular employees could.

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Uber Partners with Rosetta Stone to Include Language Learning in Popular Uber Rewards Program | Money

“Rosetta Stone” is a registered trademark or trademark of Rosetta Stone Ltd. in the United States and other countries.

About Cambium Learning Group, Inc. Cambium Learning® Group believes every student has great potential, teachers are mission-critical, and data, instruction and practice work together to drive performance. With a portfolio of award-winning brands, Cambium Learning Group’s digital and blended curriculum and professional learning solutions drive proficiency, equity, and other learning outcomes in classrooms everywhere. Brands include Learning A-Z® (online differentiated instruction for K-6 school reading, writing and science), ExploreLearning® (online interactive math and science simulations, a math fact fluency solution, and a K-2 science solution), Voyager Sopris Learning® (blended solutions that accelerate struggling learners to achieve in literacy and math and professional learning for teachers), Cambium Assessment (innovative state- and district-level assessment solutions), and VKidz Learning (online PreK-12 homeschool curriculum and programs for literacy and math). Cambium completed the acquisition of

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Uber Shops For Self-Driving Partners Or Even Selling Its Project

Reports in the last two weeks have suggested the Uber
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is looking to bring in external partners for their “advanced technology group” or even selling it outright to Aurora, a leading startup. Uber ATG is one of the most unusual — and certainly most controversial — self-driving teams. Strangely, Uber is the company best poised to monetize robocar technology, but also in some ways the one for which ownership of the technology is least essential.

Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick felt it was essential. Uber is in the business of selling rides (AB5 debate notwithstanding) and many people feel that the business of selling rides will be taken over by the robotaxi. As such it is indeed essential that Uber be on top of that transition. That’s why he started the ATG project, feeling that Uber must own that tech.

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Tesla, Uber and Rivian team up for new lobbying group focused on EV adoption

Tesla is one of 28 companies onboard.


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Washington lobbyists: You can’t live without them, for better or for worse. On Tuesday, the world welcomed yet another group, though this one is a bit different from other auto industry lobbying groups — it’s 100% focused on making all new car sales 100% electric by the end of this decade. 

The name? Zeta, and it features some prominent backers. Tesla, Uber and Rivian highlight the list, with other companies such as Lucid, Lordstown Motors, ChargePoint and even utility firms like Edison involved. In total, 28 companies are backing the new group, and not coincidentally, it launches less than two months before President-elect Joe Biden takes office. The incoming Biden administration promises a tougher stance on climate change than the Trump administration, which moved to relax fuel economy and emissions regulations just this year.

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Uber to accept fast payments in Brazil in partnership with Ebanx

FILE PHOTO: An Uber logo is seen during the global outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Redondo Beach, Los Angeles, California, U.S., November 2, 2020. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Uber Technologies Inc started on Monday to take instant payments in Brazil in partnership with payments startup Ebanx, both companies said.

More than 60 million people had already signed up to the newly launched instant payments platform, so-called Pix, before its full operation started this Monday. It allows consumers and companies to make money transfers 24 hours a day, seven days a week, without requiring debit or credit cards.

Uber said in an email to Reuters that instant payments are likely to bring new clients to its services, mainly those who do not use cards. Around one-third of Brazilians do not have a bank account, one of the highest ratios in the world.

Instant payments will initially only

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Uber is reportedly looking to sell its self-driving division

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Uber is in talks to sell its scandalridden self-driving vehicle branch, Advanced Technologies Group, according to a Friday TechCrunch report. And it looks like Aurora Innovation, a startup founded by veterans of the autonomous vehicle industry, is first in line to scoop up the “prize.”

Sources familiar with the negotiations told the outlet that Uber “has been shopping” ATG, which carries the grim distinction of the world’s first recorded fatal self-driving car crash, to several potential buyers, and Aurora appears to be the clear frontrunner. While terms of the deal are still unknown, sources say negotiations are “far along in the process” and that the two companies have been in talks since October.

Spokespeople for both companies declined TechCrunch’s request for comment on the matter. But the move would fall in line with Uber’s recent downsizing, spurred in

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Uber reportedly may sell its self-driving car division to rival Aurora

Uber is in talks to sell its autonomous vehicle unit to startup competitor Aurora Innovation, TechCrunch reported. If it comes to pass, the sale of Uber Advanced Technologies Group (UberATG), would mark the end of a bumpy road for a division of Uber that was valued at $7.25 billion as recently as last July, but which has been plagued with ongoing problems.

In March of 2019, Uber avoided criminal charges in the 2018 death of Elaine Herzberg in Tempe, Arizona, the first-ever death involving an autonomous car. Federal investigators found that Uber, the safety driver behind the wheel of the car, and the state of Arizona all shared a portion of the blame for the incident. The accident ended Uber’s test program in Tempe, but the company resumed testing in Pittsburgh, where UberATG is headquartered.

And UberATG was involved in a trade secrets lawsuit with competitor Waymo, owned by Google

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