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An idea for making self-driving cars safer: Reprogram humans

You’re crossing the street wrong. That is essentially the argument some self-driving car boosters have fallen back on in the months after the first pedestrian death attributed to an autonomous vehicle and amid growing concerns that artificial intelligence capable of real-world driving is further...

California Conversation: The Road Ahead

A new study says services like UberPool are making traffic worse
 

A new study says services like UberPool are making traffic worse

The explosive growth of Uber and Lyft has created a new traffic problem for major U.S. cities and ride-sharing options such as UberPool and Lyft Line are exacerbating the issue by appealing directly to customers who would otherwise have taken transit, walked, biked or not used a ride-hailing service...

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  • Uber and Lyft are forcing Southern California parking companies to adapt or die

    Uber and Lyft are forcing Southern California parking companies to adapt or die

    The rapid rise of ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft has taken a big bite out of businesses that rely on people who need to park their cars. Now they’re facing a choice: keep dwindling, or innovate. Proper Parking, based in Woodland Hills, has seen a 70% drop in nightclub valet traffic...

  • Why Silicon Valley doesn't mind rising gas prices

    Why Silicon Valley doesn't mind rising gas prices

    Gas prices have been steadily climbing since February 2016. In June, the average U.S. retail price of a gallon of gasoline was $2.97, up more than 20% from the same time last year. The nation is a few cents away from a psychological milestone, $3 a gallon. Meanwhile, the price of a barrel of crude...

  • Could driverless cars cause more congestion in urban cores?

    Could driverless cars cause more congestion in urban cores?

    As the era of driverless cars looms, a new Boston-based study suggests the vehicles may increase traffic congestion in cities’ downtown areas as more people embrace ride-hailing services and abandon transit. The same study also found, however, that driverless vehicles could dramatically improve...

  • GM puts pieces in place for self-driving taxis in San Francisco

    GM puts pieces in place for self-driving taxis in San Francisco

    General Motors Co. has created its own ride-hailing platform and quietly built one of the largest charging stations in the United States to get its Cruise self-driving car unit ready to enter the robo-taxi business next year. Cruise has installed 18 fast chargers in a parking facility near San...

  • Record-breaking 2.86 million passengers expected at LAX through Fourth of July holiday week

    Record-breaking 2.86 million passengers expected at LAX through Fourth of July holiday week

    You may need additional leg room even before stepping on a plane this weekend at Los Angeles International Airport, where officials said they’re expecting record crowds heading into the Fourth of July holiday. In what airport officials say could be a record-breaking week of travel, more than 2...

  • Metro picks a contractor to dig the Wilshire subway tunnels through West L.A.

    Metro picks a contractor to dig the Wilshire subway tunnels through West L.A.

    In a major step for the Westside subway, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Thursday selected a contractor and set a $1.37-billion budget for the design and construction of twin subway tunnels between Century City and West Los Angeles. The tunnels are a key component of the third phase...

  • Uber autonomous-SUV driver streamed 'The Voice' just before deadly Arizona crash, report says

    Uber autonomous-SUV driver streamed 'The Voice' just before deadly Arizona crash, report says

    The human backup driver in an autonomous Uber SUV was streaming the television show “The Voice” and looking down just before fatally striking a pedestrian in Arizona, according to a police report. The 300-page report released Thursday night by police in the Phoenix suburb of Tempe revealed that...

  • Uber begins a push to get its drivers into electric cars

    Uber begins a push to get its drivers into electric cars

    As Uber tries to build its reputation as a good citizen, it’s unveiling a new plan: get its drivers to adopt electric vehicles instead of driving cars that burn gasoline. On Tuesday, the ride-hailing giant announced a yearlong pilot program in which it will provide monetary subsidies to some drivers...

  • Uber wants a patent on tech to help guess if a rider is drunk

    Uber wants a patent on tech to help guess if a rider is drunk

    Ever struggled to hold a phone steady while ordering an Uber? What about plugging typos into a pickup or drop-off address? Those are some of the flags Uber could one day use to predict whether its riders have had too much to drink. Uber has a pending application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark...

  • Alaska Airlines learns its ABCs to board passengers

    Alaska Airlines learns its ABCs to board passengers

    If you have ever been bewildered by the boarding process at Alaska Airlines, you’ll be happy to learn that the new procedure for the Seattle-based carriers is as easy as A, B, C — and D. Alaska Airlines has announced that starting July 18 the boarding procedure will be updated to reduce passenger...

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