The New York Times today reports new information about how Uber helped its drivers dodge code inspectors and regulators in Portland and cities around the world: using software called "Greyball."
The software, described to the Times by current and former Uber employees, populated the ride-sharing app with images of fake cars designed to trick inspectors at a time when Uber was operating in Portland without city approval.
As Times reporter Mike Isaac writes:
The Greyball "ghost cars" were part of what the Times portrays as a systemic campaign by Uber to avoid law enforcement.
The Portland City Council eventually relented and legalized Uber following a covert lobbying campaign that violated city regulations.