Motoring

Uber Defends Business Model at UK Worker Tribunal

Uber Defends Business Model at UK Worker Tribunal

Last Wednesday, Uber maintained its stance in a British employment appeal tribunal, saying that its drivers are self-employed and are not entitled to benefits that a worker receives. Uber likened the drivers who use their app to self-employed private hire drivers who work under traditional minicab firms. Similar to Uber, British minicabs cannot be hailed like a regular taxi, and instead can only be booked by contacting a registered office. However, one of the drivers involved in the tribunal claim of last year said that Uber just wants to take on more drivers, who in turn, is the only one […]

Uber Licensed to Operate in London Only Until Next Week

Uber Licensed to Operate in London Only Until Next Week

London’s transport regulator had removed Uber’s license to operate, saying that the company was unfit to hold a private vehicle hire license because of its conduct that can potentially impact public safety and security. The ride-sharing giant, which has around 40,000 drivers in England’s capital, will not be able to renew its license that expires on September 30, but Regulator Transport for London (TfL) will permit it to operate until the appeals process is done. TfL specifically pointed out Uber’s software called Greyball, which is used for doing driver background checks and reporting of criminal offences, can be used for […]

Car Sharing May Soon Use Blockchain Tech

Car Sharing May Soon Use Blockchain Tech

Detroit, Michigan – Last Wednesday, accounting firm EY announced the it will be launching a blockchain based system named Tesseract which should help revolutionize record keeping in the vehicle sharing industry. Blockchain, the technology used by cryptocurrency, can also be used to track vehicle ownership and usage, compute insurance costs and other transactions. EY’s John Simlett says that they may use blockchain to manage shared use and ownership of large fleets, which users can access using their smartphones.     Similarly, Toyota has already announced in May that they will be working with MIT, BigchainDB, Oaken Innovations, and startup Commuterz to […]

Attackers May Take Advantage of “Unpatchable” Bug in New Cars

Attackers May Take Advantage of “Unpatchable” Bug in New Cars

A “flaw” in the in the Controller Area Network (CAN) of modern cars can allow hackers to shut down critical components in modern cars such as airbags and brakes. Discovered through a collaboration of Linklayer Labs, Politecnico di Milano, and Trend Micro’s Forward-looking Threat Research (FTR) team, the vulnerability was determined to be “unpatchable”, since it was a standard design choice. Fixing it would mean changing how the CAN works at the most basic level. Researchers say that realistically speaking, the problem will only likely be resolved in the next generation of vehicles. The CAN protocol was developed by Bosch […]

Taxi-hailing Smartphone App Now Available in Manila

Taxi-hailing Smartphone App Now Available in Manila

A taxi booking app similar to Uber and Grab has been launched last week for use in areas around Metro Manila. The app called “MiCab” was developed in Cebu by developer Eddie Ybanez, where it is already being used by around 600 accredited taxis. The Micab company says that the main advantage their app has over the competition is that it doesn’t have a surge pricing scheme. Micab also features a proprietary communication system that allows the passenger and driver to communicate in real time, in addition a customer support ticketing system, credit/debit payment options, and a rider reward system. […]

Former Uber CEO Kalanick Reportedly Seeking Back Top Role in Company

Former Uber CEO Kalanick Reportedly Seeking Back Top Role in Company

Reports last Sunday revealed that former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick may be looking to come back to the company to recover an operational position, following Softbank’s interest in financing Uber and buying stakeholders’ shares. Barely 2 months after resigning, Kalanick is said to have asked former associates for support in a shareholder battle. However, at present, sources say he is not undertaking any shareholder disputes. Recent events do not seem favorable for the company, which is still in search of new officials for top positions. Internal issues seem to be warding off interested candidates, particularly if Kalanick is really planning […]

Uber Singapore Rented Honda Vehicles Recalled for Fire Risk

Uber Singapore Rented Honda Vehicles Recalled for Fire Risk

Thursday reports said that Uber Singapore hired defective Honda Vezel cars in 2016, despite knowing they were recalled for fire risk issues. Sources say an Uber driver’s Honda Vezel in Singapore caught fire during work hours. The incident pushed Uber Singapore to create new safety regulations to properly address the issue. A representative from Uber Singapore did not confirm whether their managers knew they rented recalled vehicles. It is also uncertain if Uber officials in San Francisco are aware of the issue.   Uber Singapore said they worked immediately with technical experts and the Land Transport Authority as soon as […]

McAfee-based Security Experts Reveal TCU Flaw in Vehicles Infiniti, Ford, BMW

McAfee-based Security Experts Reveal TCU Flaw in Vehicles Infiniti, Ford, BMW

Last Tuesday, security experts from McAfee’s Advanced Threat Research Team discovered some security flaws in a couple of luxury vehicle models, specifically in the built-in telematics control units (TCUs) of various car models. Affected high-end vehicles include units manufactured by Ford, Nissan, BMW, and Infiniti. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) also released an alert listing which car models had flawed TCUs. TCUs are modems with 2G networks that connect vehicles to mobile apps, online panels, and various remote setting tools. Experts explained that attackers can exploit one TCU flaw via remote access, and the other by directly tampering with […]

Chinese Researchers from Tencent Shown to Hack Tesla Model X Vehicle

Chinese Researchers from Tencent Shown to Hack Tesla Model X Vehicle

Last Friday, researchers from Tencent’s China-based Keen Security Lab posted a blog video that detailed how they hacked a Tesla Model X despite its updated security protocols. Last year, the security lab also posted a video of their team hacking a Tesla Model S. As a response, Tesla claimed they were able to resolve the vehicle’s security flaws, also assuring customers that launching such an attack was not as simple as it looked on the video. However, just this week, Keen Lab researchers were able to override Tesla’s new safety mechanisms which had firmware for system authentication. The video demonstrated […]

Malaysia Authorizes E-Hailing Operations, Rivals Grab and Uber Expand

Malaysia Authorizes E-Hailing Operations, Rivals Grab and Uber Expand

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia — In a report last Thursday, two laws were passed by the Malaysian legislature that will legitimize e-hailing operations. The news comes in the wake of ride-hailing companies Grab and Uber’s expansion plans. Malaysia’s Land Public Transport Act and the Commercial Vehicles Licensing Board (CVLB) Act did not have provisions that allowed ride-sharing companies to run legally. With the law’s amendment, the companies can now have their own business license that suits the nature of the service. Ride-hailing was agreed upon last year by the Cabinet of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, despite cab driver groups protesting […]