Over the past five days, Uber and Waymo have been entangled in a court case over Waymo’s allegations that Uber stole its self-driving LiDAR system. Today, the two companies have announced that they reached a settlement agreement, under which Uber will pay Waymo a 0.34 equity stake, „amounting to about $245 million at Uber’s recent $72 billion valuation“ (via CNBC).
Additionally, Uber has agreed that it will not incorporate Waymo’s self-driving technology into any of its own hardware or software. Alongside the settlement, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said in a letter that the company „does not believe that any trade secrets made their [...]
Uber’s latest app update appears to have removed several important iOS integrations, with the service now unavailable to both Siri and Apple Maps.
If you ask Siri to get you an Uber, a feature that has been available since the launch of iOS 10, Siri will say that Uber hasn’t activated that feature. In the „Siri & Search“ section of the Uber options in the Settings app, there’s also no longer a „Use with Siri“ toggle.
Similarly, in Apple Maps, you can no longer select Uber as an option when choosing „Ride“ when getting directions. This is also a feature that debuted in iOS 10.
Both Siri and Apple [...]
Uber in June announced plans for a „180 Days of Change“ initiative that added a new long-desired tipping feature for drivers.
Tipping was initially limited to Seattle, Minneapolis, and Houston, but Uber said tips would be available to all U.S. drivers by the end of July, and the company is making good on that promise.
Starting today, tipping is rolling out in 121 cities across North America, including New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and several cities in Canada. TechCrunch has a full list of all of the areas where tipping is now available.
The tipping feature will continue to expand to additional cities [...]
A U.S. judge presiding over Waymo’s trade-secrets theft lawsuit against Uber has asked federal prosecutors to investigate the claims in the case, it emerged on Thursday (via Bloomberg).
U.S. district judge William Alsup also partially granted Waymo’s bid for an injunction against Uber’s self-driving efforts, and rejected Uber’s arguments that the trade secret allegations should proceed in private.
Google’s self-driving Waymo car division originally filed the lawsuit against Uber in February, accusing the company of stealing its self-driving intellectual property.
Specifically, former Google employee Anthony Levandowski is [...]