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Senator Sinema Rejects Vote on Big Biden Package before Infrastructure

SOURCE: Reuters
DATE: October 14, 2021

Washington, D.C. U.S. Senator Kyrsten Sinema, a key moderate, told fellow Democrats in the House of Representatives this week that she will not vote for a multitrillion-dollar package that is a top priority for President Joe Biden before Congress approves a $1 trillion infrastructure bill, according to a source briefed on the meeting.

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U.S. Unemployment Claims Fall to Lowest Level since Pandemic

SOURCE: Politico
DATE: October 14, 2021

Washington, D.C. The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell to its lowest level since the pandemic began, a sign the job market is still improving even as hiring has slowed in the past two months. Unemployment claims dropped 36,000 to 293,000 last week, the second straight drop, the Labor Department said Thursday.

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Motional Previews the Self-Driving Taxi Experience, With Lyft as Its First Partner

SOURCE: The Wall Street Journal
DATE: October 14, 2021

New York, New York Driverless technology company Motional AD Inc.'s vision for how passengers will ride in its planned self-driving taxis includes a start button to spur the cars into motion, another button to indicate when to pull over and other features aimed at making riders feel at ease in the new experience. Lyft Inc. is set to be the first out of the gate with a planned U.S. deployment of Motional's modified Hyundai Ioniq 5 in 2023, according to the companies.

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Uber Completes $1.1b Acquisition of Drizly, as Cannabis Marketplace Lantern Is Spun Out

SOURCE: The Boston Globe
DATE: October 13, 2021

Boston, Massachusetts Uber Technologies completed its $1.1 billion acquisition of Boston-based alcohol delivery service Drizly on Wednesday, the companies announced, enhancing Uber's reach in the last-mile delivery sector after reports that the deal might not go through as planned.

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London Taxi Firm Offers £5,000 Welcome Salary to Lure Drivers

SOURCE: Bloomberg
DATE: October 15, 2021

London, England Addison Lee Ltd., London's largest taxi firm, is offering 5,000 pounds ($6,861) for four weeks of work to recruit drivers amid a nationwide shortage of staff. Addison Lee is trying to hire 1,000 drivers after business passenger-car trips jumped more than 40% between August and September.

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Aurora's Autonomous Trucks and Taxis Will Be Available to Customers Via Subscription

SOURCE: The Verge
DATE: October 13, 2021

San Francisco, California Aurora, the autonomous vehicle company founded by the former lead engineer for Google's self-driving car project, announced that its autonomous trucks and taxis will be available to customers via subscriptions. Aurora doesn't expect to roll out its self-driving trucks and ride-hailing vehicles until 2023 and 2024, respectively, but the company is providing more detail about how it plans on putting them into commercial operation.

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Taxi and Rideshare Drivers Struggle with Low Ridership

SOURCE: The Globe and Mail
DATE: October 14, 2021

Toronto, Ontario Prior to the pandemic, it was never difficult for Durham, Ont.-based Uber driver Pete Needham to find customers. That all changed in March, 2020, when the pandemic upended life for front line workers of all types. Now, more than a year and half later, driving for a taxi or rideshare company still isn't quite the same as it once was.

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What It's Like to Ride in One of Indy's Driverless Shuttles

SOURCE: The Indianapolis Star
DATE: October 12, 2021

Indianapolis, Indiana When the computer takes over, the cabin's floor lights glow blue, a short jingle sounds, and the steering wheel fidgets and rotates on its own to glide a driverless hybrid Lexus RX around IUPUI. But it's never far from a human's supervision. In the driver's seat, Vincent Gill keeps his hands hovering over or below the steering wheel.

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Blackfeet Transit Launches On-Demand Public Transit Service

SOURCE: Metro Magazine
DATE: October 12, 2021

Torrance, California Blackfeet Transit announced it has partnered with Via to launch a door-to-door public transit service that will expand access for riders traveling within The Blackfeet Reservation and Browning and to and from nearby towns. Blackfeet Transit's partnership with Via represents the first time Blackfeet Transit has incorporated software technology into its transportation services.

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How Los Angeles Is Preparing for the Air Taxi Takeoff

SOURCE: Tech Crunch
DATE: October 11, 2021

Los Angeles, California Ride-hailing and e-scooters caused chaos for cities across the United States, even as companies promised they would fix more problems than they created. The city of Los Angeles--eager to introduce zero-emission transportation--wants to ensure the launch of air taxis doesn't repeat past mistakes.

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Wave Transit Launches New Regional Microtransit Pilot Project

SOURCE: Mass Transit Magazine
DATE: October 11, 2021

Brunswick, North Carolina Residents in portions of Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender Counties can now access a flexible transportation option through a regional on-demand shared ride pilot service. Wave Transit launched its microtransit service, RideMICRO, on Oct. 11, as a one-year pilot project.

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Morning Progress: Survey on Autonomous Vehicles

SOURCE: Chamber of Progress
DATE: September 2021

McLean, Virginia This poll was conducted between August 31-September 4, 2021, among a sample of 2,200 adults, asking about their general sentiment about autonomous vehicles (AVs). The interviews were conducted online and the data were weighted to approximate a target sample of adults based on gender, educational attainment, age, race, and region.

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