posted on 19 Nov 2012, 07:45 1 1. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011) Can the rise of car-hire and sharing apps continue unregulated? posted on 19 Nov 2012, 07:59 1 2. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010) In most U.S. metropolitan areas, the city generally has jurisdiction over cab service. If the city can convince a judge that the 'ride-sharing' is effectively a cab service, the next challenge will be to enforce the ban(s). An injunction could probably shut down the app developers, but if the apps have reached critical mass, then the city has to go after the individuals doing the ride sharing, which is a bit more challenging. posted on 19 Nov 2012, 14:10 0 3. TheMan (Posts: 494; Member since: 21 Sep 2012) There is also a huge question of liability should an accident/injury/death occur. Drivers may or may not have umbrella coverage, but there's no doubt an aggressive lawyer would go after everyone, including the service itself. … [Read more...] about Comments for : Hitch that ride: can the rise of car-hire and sharing apps continue unregulated?
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About a month ago, Uber rolled out its fleet of self-driving robo-cabs in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. You might be wondering why it wasn’t Palo Alto, California or New York City, but the location is far from random. Pittsburgh is also the home of Carnegie Mellon University, which provided much of the brainpower for Uber’s new Advanced Technologies Center. That’s where the autonomous cabs are being developed.Uber is tight-lipped on specifics, but according to the Mayor of Pittsburgh, Uber now has over 500 employees in the city. A quick look through Uber’s current job openings turns up 64 available positions in Pittsburgh against a total of seven for the rest of the world, and most of those are in Detroit. So it’s safe to say that this is more than an experiment. Uber is going all-in to put self-driving cars on the road as soon as possible.Not quite driverlessRight now, Uber has a small fleet of autonomous vehicles plying the streets of Pittsburgh. … [Read more...] about Uber’s Pittburgh robotaxis amuse riders, still struggle with double parked cars
Snapchat cannot be held responsible for causing a high-speed highway accident that left multiple people injured, ruled a Spalding County State Court judge on Friday. Dismissing the allegations, Judge Josh Thacker said the Communications Decency Act (CDA) renders the company immune from the complaint.The lawsuit filed in April 2016 by Uber driver Wentworth Maynard — who suffered traumatic brain injuries as a result of the car crash — claims that the distracted driver of the car that struck his vehicle at 107 mph on a highway outside of Atlanta, Georgia was busy using Snapchat at the time of the crash.According to Maynard’s lawyers, Christal McGee was caught up in Snapchat’s miles-per-hour filter, which overlays an image or video on the app with text stating the user’s approximate speed, as she attempted to reach 100 mph. While McGee was using the app, she allegedly hit Maynard’s car, sending it across the left lane and … [Read more...] about Judge rules Snapchat immune from distracted-driver car crash lawsuit
After losing their legs in an unfortunate traffic accident, a New Jersey couple is seeking legal retribution against the motorist and the women he was texting before he crashed, reports the Huffington Post.The accident occurred back in 2009 when Kyle Best, who was 19 years old at the time, replied to a text sent from Shannon Colonna. Best was behind the wheel of his truck when he drifted into oncoming traffic while texting — slamming into David and Linda Kubert’s motorcycle in the process. The couple suffered severe injuries and both lost their left legs as a result of Best’s negligence.According to the report, Best has already pleaded guilty to three violations of New Jersey law, including using a mobile phone while driving, careless driving, and failure to maintain a lane. His punishment so far has included $775 in fines and to undergo community service by speaking at 14 high schools in regards to the dangers of texting and driving.In addition to their claim against … [Read more...] about New Jersey couple suing woman for texting driver who crashed into them
Government bureaucracies are often criticized for being too slow to come up with regulations for ever-changing technologies and business practices. But when it comes to self-driving cars, the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles is ahead of the curve. The Silver State is the first to announce potential regulations for autonomous vehicles.This is actually the first step in implementing the Autonomous Car Bill signed by Governor Brian Sandoval (pictured) last June. The bill will make it explicitly legal for self-driving cars to roam Nevada’s public roads (other states like California have no explicit prohibition, but no confirmation of the cars’ legality either).The bill “requires the Department of Motor Vehicles adopt regulations to adopt regulations authorizing the operation of autonomous vehicles on highways within the State of Nevada.” The first vehicles to take advantage of the new law will be prototypes, but that doesn’t mean their will not be … [Read more...] about Nevada DMV announces regulations for self-driving cars
The Internet of Things (IoT) is poised to generate the next economic big bang. But the expected boom will go bust if people worry about losing their privacy in the IoT ecosystem. The time is right for the stakeholders who stand to gain billions from the IoT to rally behind a common privacy standard that earns user trust.Industry analysts agree on one thing: An explosion of Internet-enabled consumer products, connected cars, smart homes and wearables will generate a global economic boom over the next five years. One third of enterprise respondents to Computerworld’s Forecast Study 2015 last November said they were initiating IoT initiatives this year. Forbes reported in July that the pace had dramatically accelerated, with over three-quarters now jumping onto the IoT bandwagon.The result? Twenty-four billion Internet-connected devices — over three per person on the planet — before the decade is up, by some estimates.Whether this explosion amounts to the $1.7 trillion … [Read more...] about A privacy standard for Internet of Things suppliers
These are truly exciting times in the auto industry. Semi-autonomous vehicles are already available – most popularly seen with slow-speed braking (to avoid children when backing up) and park assist technology. But we’re only at the beginning of the auto-auto evolution. Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, General Motors, nearly every car manufacturer, as well as technology companies like Google, are charging down separate paths in developing the same future: a world without drivers. According to a recent study, it is estimated that SDC’s will account for half the vehicles sold in North America by 2035. Get the Free Tracker App to find a Nintendo Switch in Stock These vehicle manufactures overwhelmingly say that safety is the primary motivation for this evolution of the automobile. While accidents and fatalities on the road have been steadily declining, more than 32,367 traffic fatalities occurred in the U.S. in 2011 (which was the lowest amount since 1949). That is a … [Read more...] about A World Without Drivers: No Accidents. No Traffic. No Fun?
The District Attorney has refused to press charges against Caitlyn Jenner for manslaughter. Caitlyn was not a speed freak and s/he had no intentions of killing the opposing vehicle’s driver. Get the Free Tracker App to find a Luvabella in Stock His/her only fault lay in applying the brakes a bit later than usual. And as far as Caitlyn’s sobriety was concerned, there were no signs of drunk driving or his/her having taken any intoxicants. Caitlyn was fit as a fiddle and in full possession of his/her rationality. The circumstances were such that unfortunately a death occurred. But the important fact was that it was accidental and not intentional. When Caitlyn’s car hit a Lexus, the car spun out of control and in turn hit a Hummer. Therein lay his mistake.The driver of the Lexus who was a Californian widow passed away from the wounds on the spot. The incidence was scrutinized intensely. After nearly half a year of soul-searching and finding clues related to the … [Read more...] about Caitlyn Jenner Avoids Criminal Charges In Fatal Car Crash
Lindsay Lohan has disappointed again as she falls short of the required Community Service hours she was supposed to complete. According to the prosecutor as a result of Lindsay’s negligence an arrest warrant may even be issued. Get In Stock Alerts on Twitter for SNES Classic, Switch and More Previously the judge had called Lindsay out for having made up completed hours of her community service. During the last hearing Lindsay claimed her stint on a theater production in London should be considered as Community Service but the judge was not buying it and she still remains on probation. Lindsay has to complete community service as she is on probation for a reckless driving case filed in 2012 when she crashed her sports car on the Pacific Coast Highway. The Mean Girls star had been on her way to a film shoot when the accident occurred. After rejecting to accept her work on a theater production as community service, Lindsay was ordered by the judge to work with a London … [Read more...] about Lindsay Lohan Can Be Arrested For Not Completing Community Service
America is a nation of laws and lawyers, yet the law often plays catch-up to technology. Although taxi companies complain of unfair competition, many cities and consumers react favorably to new smartphone ride-sharing choices Uber, Lyft and Sidecar. But if you are in an accident, you may not be so pleased, particularly if the liability is big and beyond the driver’s insurance limits. Get the Free Tracker App to find a Luvabella in Stock Uber fans and foes alike know of the tragic death of a 6-year-old girl on New Year’s Eve in San Francisco. Sofia Liu was struck while walking across the street with her family. Several family members were injured too. The driver, Syed Muzzafar, faces charges of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and failure to yield.Now, a wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against Uber. The suit claims that Uber is responsible for Sofia Liu’s death, saying that Mr. Muzzafar was on Uber’s app at the time of the accident. Uber … [Read more...] about Will Über Death Suit Bring Big Liability For Uber?