The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Uber is being sued over the death of a six-year-old girl who was killed on New Year’s Eve.
The suit could become a test case for the liability of technology companies in the booming ride-sharing industry. It alleges that the driver of the vehicle – an Uber contractor – was logged onto the Uber app at the time he fatally struck Sofia Liu, and was waiting to receive and accept a ride request.
The piece follows one earlier this morning by The New York Times in which it calls founder Travis Kalanick “brash and aggressive even by Silicon Valley standards.” While the ride service has moved into 60 cities in four years, it has also managed to irritate a lot of users.
As the NYT points out.
Uber and its abundance of imitators represent a new stage for technology companies. These businesses directly insert themselves into the physical world, arranging on-demand transportation, meals or even clean laundry in exchange for a sweet commission. Unlike Facebook or Twitter, which thrive in the safe confines of cyberspace, these start-ups live on the streets. READ MORE HERE.