People In San Francisco Are Really Pissed Over These Electric Scooters (HBO)

Inspired by Uber and Lyft — and even hiring some of the rideshares’ executives — a handful of companies are scattering electric scooter across cities first, then waiting for the law to deal with them.

It’s an idea promoted by former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick called “principled confrontation.” Euwyn Poon, cofounder of electric scooter company Spin, refers to it as “innovating on the regulatory side.”

City officials called it something else: “illegal business activities.”

In Santa Monica in September, Bird put scooters on the streets, allowing customers to unlock them with a proprietary rideshare app.

Santa Monica responded by filing criminal charges against the company, which were ultimately dismissed when the company pleaded no contest and agreed to pay $300,000 in fines.

In San Francisco this month, the electric scooter companies, first LimeBike and Spin, then Bird, again distributed scooters across the city, and all three companies have argued neither city had rules in place to regulate their particular mode of transportation.

The companies see it as an emissions-free solution to the “last mile” often walked on foot or taken on a rideshare after using public transit.

Residents complain that riders take the scooters on sidewalks and leave them parked across sidewalks, blocking ADA ramps and tripping unsuspecting pedestrians.

Since their rollout, the companies have been negotiating with Santa Monica and San Francisco on how scooters should be regulated, and how the companies can get their riders to follow the rules.

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Burying the Boston Bomber & Uber 2.0: VICE News Tonight Full Ep. (HBO)

This is the June 13, 2017, FULL EPISODE of VICE News Tonight on HBO.

VICE News sits down with Peter Stefan, the controversial funeral director who buried Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev when no one else would.

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has taken an indefinite leave of absence after the results of an investigation by former attorney general Eric Holder revealed the company’s not so professional corporate culture.

Plus, a report on the desperate situation for Iraqis in western Mosul, where ISIS militants are making their last stand.

Read more:
“London van attack targeting mosque is being treated as terrorism” – http://bit.ly/2rRUhOL

“This man buries dead terrorists when no one else will” – http://bit.ly/2sxgHa0

“Travis Kalanick leaves Uber to work on ‘Travis 2.0′” – http://bit.ly/2rA2is8

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What Uber drivers think about their robot replacements

Last week, Uber launched its self-driving car pilot program in Pittsburgh. Customers in certain parts of the city can now hail an Uber, with the chance that they’ll be picked up by a self-driving car.

Though there’s someone sitting in the driver’s seat, the cars guide and drive themselves. And Uber has long felt bullish about its technology: CEO Travis Kalanick says the company’s whole fleet could be “driverless in 2030.”

The day that Uber launched its Pittsburgh program, VICE News took a ride with some of the drivers that Uber could put out of a job with its autonomous cars, to ask them whether they were concerned about sharing the road with the self-driving cars that will put them out of business.

Read “We rode in a driverless Uber and didn’t die” – http://bit.ly/2cFFmQZ

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