Uber could buy Bird, makes key hire as 2018 winds down

Uber is currently pondering a multibillion-dollar acquisition of electric scooter company, Bird, with competitor Lime serving as a possible backup, per The Information. This won’t be the first time that Uber has gotten involved with methods of mobility that involve two wheels. The ridehailing giant participated in Lime’s GV-led $355 million financing in July, which valued the company at $1.1 billion. And in April, it acquired Jump Bikes, a creator of both bikes and scooters, for a reported $200 million…

Uber has brought on National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) veteran Nat Beuse to bolster the company’s efforts to commercialize self-driving vehicles, per Reuters. Beuse, who joined the NHTSA in 2007, was responsible for directing agency research programs focused on occupant crash safety, automated vehicles and driver assist technology in his previous position.