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  • Uber drivers aren’t self-employed, UK court rules

    In a case that could have far-reaching implications, a UK court has ruled that Uber drivers are not self-employed. According to The Guardian, an employment court has ruled that Uber drivers are entitled to a "national living wage". Two drivers, James Farrar and Yaseen Aslam (part of a group of 19 aggrieved drivers), argued that there was "tremendous pressure" to work long hours and that there were "repercussions" for a cancelled ride. "The notion that Uber in London is a mosaic of 30 000 small businesses linked by a common 'platform' is to our minds faintly ridiculous," the judges were quoted as saying...

  • Uber self-driving cars now roaming Pittsburgh streets

    Innovative transport service Uber has made life easier for millions of people commuting around the world's cities. Now, the company has taken its craft a step further by rolling out its first self-driving test vehicles in Pittsburgh in the US. This comes a year after its technology centre was established in the city. The program, currently in its pilot phase, will see a select number of vehicles traversing the tight streets of one of the country's largest cities with a "safety driver" seated up front, just in case human intervention is needed. Uber tested its self-driving cars in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania this week,...

  • Uber, Careem suspended in Abu Dhabi following arrests

    Car hailing services Uber and Careem have temporarily suspended operations in Abu Dhabi, UAE after the country's police arrested around 50 drivers. According to UAE's The National, over 70 cars impounded this weekend, but no one quite understands why the drivers were arrested or cars impounded. "There’s a lot of confusion as to why they were arrested. We haven’t been able to see them or speak to them yet," an operations manager told The National. "One of our drivers was put in jail at the weekend and it’s happened with loads of drivers from other limousine companies as well." Uber and Careem drivers...