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Ride hailing service Lyft coming to Toronto in time for holidays

Ride hailing service Lyft is coming to Toronto, Canada to compete with Uber. The service announced it plans to be operating in the GTA by the holidays (so, December). This is the first time since Hailo shut down that Torontonians have had a choice in app-driven ride hailing services. Lyft has a better reputation than Uber and is generally better received although many drivers drive for both Uber and Lyft. Beow is a statement from Lyft.

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PepsiCo’s Tony West is now Uber’s chief legal officer

Lonnie Tague/United States Department of Justice

Uber’s newest hire has a lot of work to do. The ride-sharing company just hired Tony West as its new chief legal officer. West has served as PepsiCo’s general counsel and was the former assistant attorney general for the Department of Justice under former President Barack Obama. He comes in at a time when Uber is facing a series of investigations by the US government (including the DOJ) and a major lawsuit with Waymo, Alphabet’s self-driving car unit. West replaces Salle Yoo, who has been Uber’s chief legal officer since 2012. He officially becomes the company’s top lawyer next month.

Uber’s CEO Dara Khosrowshahi announced the hire in an email to staff on Friday. He wrote, “As a former federal prosecutor and senior Department of Justice official in the Obama Administration, [West is] well equipped to handle the investigations into our past practices. And at Pepsi, he has emphasized diversity on his team and across the company. But perhaps most importantly, Pepsi has been named one of the world’s most ethical companies 10 years in a row,” he continued. “Under Tony’s leadership, I’m confident that we will one day join this list.”

Source: Recode


Uber starts rolling out in-app chat for drivers and riders

Sometimes it’s just easier to message your Uber driver than try to call him or her. And that’s why Uber has started to roll out globally an in-app messaging feature to make it easier to get in touch with your driver. When you tap on the Contact button below the driver’s name you’ll see a chat window there. Your messages to the driver will be read to them, so they can continue driving safely. If they need to respond, they can just do so with one tap and a thumbs up icon will be sent to the rider. But if you still need to call the driver, there will be a phone icon on the upper right hand of the window.

Source: The Verge


Uber reportedly holding a meeting to begin clean up of its toxic corporate culture

While Uber has been one of the key companies that have disrupted the transportation industry, it’s also been rife with controversy. It’s been reported by both Recode and Reuters that Uber’s board is looking to remedy that by holding an important meeting today, June 11th to help clean up what’s being considered a controversial and toxic corporate culture. The board will be discussing the recommendations from its workplace probe and it might be holding a number of executives accountable for what’s been happening. And that could include the company’s CEO Travis Kalanick—at least temporarily. And he might come back in a different position or have reduced powers or stricter oversight. The hiatus might come at an opportune time for Kalanick as his mother recently died from a boating accident and his father is seriously injured.

Aside from Uber’s CEO though, those that are said to be facing uncertain futures include Senior VP Emil Michael, human resources head Ryan Graves, and technical lead Thuan Pham. But aside from possibly cutting off executives, the board is said to start adopting a variety of management and policy reforms suggested after the investigation. Uber’s staff is expected to hear about the board’s decisions on the 13th and we might perhaps hear about it then.

Source: Engadget