Uber

Don’t end up like Quaid in “Total Recall” who can’t evade the bad guys because of “Johnny Cab,” the automated driver. (Courtesy TriStar Pictures)

The many potholes on the road to self-driving cars

I’m cruising down Haight Street when four women flag me outside Magnolia.…

Don’t end up like Quaid in “Total Recall” who can’t evade the bad guys because of “Johnny Cab,” the automated driver. (Courtesy TriStar Pictures)
An Uber vehicle drives alongside a cyclist on Market Street in San Francisco on March 16. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Uber drivers in SF to receive cyclist safety training

An Uber driver stood, shaken, as he relayed to police how his…

An Uber vehicle drives alongside a cyclist on Market Street in San Francisco on March 16. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
After a while, driving through the lawless streets of San Francisco is like playing Galaga. (Cindy Chew/2007 S.F. Examiner)

Where the streets have no rules

It figures. Just when I’m finally getting Zen about sharing the road…

After a while, driving through the lawless streets of San Francisco is like playing Galaga. (Cindy Chew/2007 S.F. Examiner)
Deciding between sustenance and income is no laughing matter. (Courtesy photo)

The top light is on, but I’m not

Tonight, The City is a ghost town. Burning Man, Labor Day weekend…

Deciding between sustenance and income is no laughing matter. (Courtesy photo)
Above, Uber's experimental self-driving car in Pittsburgh, Penn. An Uber-made self-driving car rolled through The City last week, but was being driven by a person. (Courtesy Uber)

Uber self-driving car rolls through SF, but not for testing

Technologically-advanced Uber vehicles in the form of self-driving and multicamera equipped “mapping…

Above, Uber's experimental self-driving car in Pittsburgh, Penn. An Uber-made self-driving car rolled through The City last week, but was being driven by a person. (Courtesy Uber)
A cab driver who jumped a curb on Market Street last week and crashed into a shoeshine stand is just one example of taxi drivers pushing themselves to the limit to survive in an increasingly competitive industry. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Taxi drivers are dropping like flies

Based on what I’ve been hearing while I linger outside the National…

A cab driver who jumped a curb on Market Street last week and crashed into a shoeshine stand is just one example of taxi drivers pushing themselves to the limit to survive in an increasingly competitive industry. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
Buying drugs on the streets of San Francisco is easier than going through a Jack in the Box drive-through. (Courtesy photo)

A drug run in the slow lane

It’s been a while since I’ve taken anyone on a drug run.…

Buying drugs on the streets of San Francisco is easier than going through a Jack in the Box drive-through. (Courtesy photo)
Whomever you run into in the Marina, you can bet they’ve got their priorities straight. (Cindy Chew/2008 S.F. Examiner)

Fear and loathing in the Marina

"Do you know the AMC on Van Ness?” asks the girl who…

Whomever you run into in the Marina, you can bet they’ve got their priorities straight. (Cindy Chew/2008 S.F. Examiner)
Above, a rendering of a possible hydrogen cell fueled ferry boat being studied for use on San Francisco Bay. A proposal to build a hydrogen refueling station on Port property could be used to fuel ferries like that as well as the expected increase of hydrogen-fueled vehicles on the road. It would be the first hydrogen fueling station in San Francisco. (Courtesy Sandia National Laboratories)

SF Port may locate hydrogen fueling station at Pier 54

A hydrogen fueling station may operate on a Port of San Francisco…

Above, a rendering of a possible hydrogen cell fueled ferry boat being studied for use on San Francisco Bay. A proposal to build a hydrogen refueling station on Port property could be used to fuel ferries like that as well as the expected increase of hydrogen-fueled vehicles on the road. It would be the first hydrogen fueling station in San Francisco. (Courtesy Sandia National Laboratories)
There’s no telling what a passenger will say during a long ride to the Peninsula. (Courtesy photo)

A hell ride into the Peninsula

The cashier at the ARCO on 14th and Mission is a funny…

There’s no telling what a passenger will say during a long ride to the Peninsula. (Courtesy photo)
As of July 15, 2015, Uber and Lyft have been required to carry $1,000,000 in underinsured/uninsured motorist coverage. (Courtesy photo)

Uber, Lyft held to higher insurance standard

This week’s question comes from Phillip B. in Mountain View, who asks:…

As of July 15, 2015, Uber and Lyft have been required to carry $1,000,000 in underinsured/uninsured motorist coverage. (Courtesy photo)
Fans cheer during Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem's set at the Lands End stage at the Outside Lands Music Festival at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco on Sunday. (Joel Angel Juárez/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Traffic tickets, price surges hit Uber, Lyft drivers at Outside Lands

The three-day music festival Outside Lands was a bonanza for music lovers,…

Fans cheer during Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem's set at the Lands End stage at the Outside Lands Music Festival at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco on Sunday. (Joel Angel Juárez/Special to S.F. Examiner)
“I can’t help but smile whenever I think about how I pissed that Uber driver off so badly his passenger had to get out of the car and call me an asshole.” (Courtesy photo)

The invigorating power of gridlock

Last Wednesday night, I participated in a panel discussion for the annual…

“I can’t help but smile whenever I think about how I pissed that Uber driver off so badly his passenger had to get out of the car and call me an asshole.” (Courtesy photo)
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Uber seeks to shield ‘UberPool’ secrets in new CA regulations

As California weighs the legality of carpooling with Uber, the company wants…

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SF critiques renting vehicles for ride-hailing

San Francisco has filed a scathing legal critique with California regulators about…

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In this July 19, 2016 photo, Carlos Correa drives in Chicago. Correa is currently in Lyft's Express Drive rental program, a partnership with GM which allows a weekly rental, available for up to eight weeks. (AP Photo/Tae-Gyun Kim)

Desperately seeking drivers, Uber and Lyft offer car options

No car? No problem for ride sharing companies like Uber and Lyft.…

In this July 19, 2016 photo, Carlos Correa drives in Chicago. Correa is currently in Lyft's Express Drive rental program, a partnership with GM which allows a weekly rental, available for up to eight weeks. (AP Photo/Tae-Gyun Kim)
You never know what’s going to happen at night in San Francisco. (Courtesy photo)

No one turns down a story from Late Night Larry

"San Francisco is always changing. So are we.” While I’m idling in…

You never know what’s going to happen at night in San Francisco. (Courtesy photo)
The SFMTA’s Office of Innovation is seeking a new leader after learning Tim Papandreou, pictured, will be leaving the agency for Google X. (Courtesy photo)

SF leader on ‘Smart City’ challenge leaves SFMTA for Google X

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s Office of Innovation, which looks to…

The SFMTA’s Office of Innovation is seeking a new leader after learning Tim Papandreou, pictured, will be leaving the agency for Google X. (Courtesy photo)
A man waits to cross Montgomery Street in the Financial District in San Francisco, Calif. on July 1, 2016. (Photo by Joel Angel Juárez/Special to S.F. Examiner)

SF’s gig economy comes into focus

More and more residents in San Francisco are earning supplemental income from…

A man waits to cross Montgomery Street in the Financial District in San Francisco, Calif. on July 1, 2016. (Photo by Joel Angel Juárez/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Even if it’s during a weekend of love and positivity, it can be hard to take pride in your job when you feel underappreciated. (Ryan McNulty/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Searching for pride at the end of the rainbow

“From the very fountain of enchantment there arises a taste of bitterness…

Even if it’s during a weekend of love and positivity, it can be hard to take pride in your job when you feel underappreciated. (Ryan McNulty/Special to S.F. Examiner)