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NYC taxis are going high-tech to compete with Uber

If you can't beat them, join them.<p>Rather than fighting Uber in courts, the Taxi and Limousine Commission has found a new way to go after their high-tech competitors: catching up.<p>NYC cabs will be outfitted with "black box" data recorders to evaluate the safety of drivers. The boxes record data …

Big win for Uber, New York backs down

In a big win for Uber, Mayor Bill de Blasio has halted his controversial plan to regulate the company. At least, for now.<p>De Blasio had proposed a temporary cap on the number of new licenses issued to Uber and smaller competitors like Lyft. Uber, for instance, would have only been able to increase …

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Here's what happens when a politician fights Uber

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is slipping. On Wednesday, a Quinnipiac University poll recorded his disapproval rating at a record high of 44%, …

Uber’s race to the bottom: The wheels will come off this controversial business

Uber causes a storm wherever it goes. First, there’s the storm of applause as passengers initially embrace what looks like an exciting, disruptive …

Cheap cab ride? You must have missed Uber’s true cost

When tech giants such as Google and Uber hide their wealth from taxation, they make it harder for us to use technology to improve services<p>To understand why we see so few genuine alternatives to US technology giants, it’s instructive to compare the fate of a company like Uber – valued at more than …

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Uber Cuts Prices—and Kneecaps Drivers

Slashing prices and wages is drawing comparisons to Walmart by striking drivers who say they are being treated like slaves.<p>NEW YORK — If anger sums …

5,000 Taxi Drivers To Protest Wednesday In Central London

An estimated 5,000 taxi drivers will protest in Whitehall tomorrow, 10 February, against "government bias against the black cab trade" and their …

Baltimore Gets On-Demand Ride Alternative to Uber, Lyft

Baltimore residents who prefer to hail a ride with a mobile app now have an alternative to Uber or Lyft: zTrip.<p>Transdev, the company that owns Yellow …

Uber & Lyft Are Hereby Theoretically Banished From Newark Airport

<i>The taxi line at Newark Airport (via Eric Demarcq's Flickr).</i><p>Uber, Lyft and other ride-sharing apps have been banned from Newark Airport, following a …

Uber Is Hemorrhaging Money Abroad in Quest for World Domination

The ride-hailing giant is spending big to battle regulations and drive rival companies into the ground.<p>If you want to take over the world, you’re going to have to spend a lot of money to do it. Uber, which now operates its ride-hailing services in more than 400 cities globally, lost $237 million in …

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This mobile app might save cabs from Uber

Karhoo — a new mobile app that works like a search engine for taxis and black cars — says it will be bigger than Uber when it launches in the Big …

A protest against Uber in Mexico 'paralyzed the roadways' before turning into a violent street riot

A protest against Uber in Guadalajara, Mexico, turned violent on Tuesday, as taxi drivers demonstrating against Uber and other ride-hailing services clashed with supporters of the companies and with police.<p>The protest "paralyzed the roadways" in the city after a "massive closure of avenues with at …

Thank you Satan (I mean Travis Kalanick)

With the assistance of his millions of minions, Travis Kalanick AKA Satan has just about finalized his dissemination and destruction of his biggest …

Uber Is Taking Millions Of Manhattan Rides Away From Taxis

The ride-share service probably isn’t increasing congestion.<p>New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio took aim at Uber this summer, trying (and failing) to …

Those annoying TVs in NYC taxis will be phased out of existence

New York City's Taxi and Limousine Commission approved a pilot plan today that would remove the small backseat screens known as Taxi TV from some yellow cabs, <i>The Guardian</i> reports. Taxi commissioner Meera Joshi told <i>The New York Times</i> that the Commission hopes to replace the televisions with …

Uber is using Microsoft's old fleet of Bing cars to improve its maps data

After acquiring Microsoft's mapping technology and roughly 100 Bing engineers earlier this year, Uber has dispatched its own fleet of crewed vehicles in an attempt to improve upon its own maps back end. The cars are essentially rebranded versions of the Bing mapping cars that Microsoft had on the …

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Taxis get a tech update to compete with Uber and Lyft

Taxis are about to get a technology makeover.<p>Flywheel, the Redwood City, Calif., technology company that works with the taxi industry, announced Thursday it will begin piloting in San Francisco an all-in-one GPS-based smartphone taxi meter, which will replace existing technology in participating …

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Uber drivers protest over fee rise in first London demo

About 300 turn out in capital after taxi service raises commission for many rides from 20% to 25% for new drivers<p>Uber, the online taxi hailing service whose success led to demonstrations by rival operators in cities across the world, has faced a protest by its own drivers over pay in London.<p>In the …

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Taxi owners sue New York City as Uber 'eviscerates' their industry

New York taxi owners and the lenders behind some of them are suing New York City and its Taxi and Limousine Commission, saying the proliferation of Uber is destroying their businesses and threatening their livelihoods.<p>Uber: why the world’s biggest ride-sharing company has no drivers<p>Read more<p>The …

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GrabTaxi adds Flash button for instant rides, mandatory ratings, e-receipts hub, and business ride tags

Uber’s main Southeast Asia rival, GrabTaxi, on Monday announced a few new features for its ridehailing app, including what it’s calling a ‘Flash’ button that automatically books “the nearest available Standard Taxi or GrabCar Economy” — kind of like a one-click checkout on Amazon.<p>It says Flash is …

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Uber launches uberPOOL ridesharing in London

Uber is launching its ridesharing uberPOOL service in London later this week.<p>Those travelling in the same direction at the same time as another …

Uber is going to use Airbus helicopters for its on-demand sky-taxi service

Airbus chief executive Tom Enders told the newspaper that Uber is going to trial the European aerospace giant's choppers at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, USA, this week.<p>"Its a pilot project, we'll see where it goes — but it's pretty exciting," said Enders in an interview with the Journal at …

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Uber hails victory after Transport for London drops restrictions

Uber is claiming a major victory after Transport for London (TfL) ditched a number of proposals that would have imposed restrictions on the car hire app’s business.<p>TfL, the body that regulates public transport in the capital, has decided against implementing proposals that would have hit Uber’s …

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French taxi drivers shut down Paris as protests over Uber turn violent

The protests started earlier today and have shut down much of Paris, according to to France 24. Over 1,200 cars are were used to block the streets.<p>According to police, 20 arrests have been made so far, and riot police used tear gas against some of the protesters.<p>Uber drivers were warned earlier …

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Uber is tracking dangerous drivers with smartphone sensors

Uber is using smartphone sensors to record if drivers are going too fast or accelerating too aggressively.<p>The pilot programme uses gyroscopes and GPS …

GrabTaxi Rebrands To Grab, Launches Cashless Payments And Corporate Service

GrabTaxi, the Uber rival in Southeast Asia backed by SoftBank and China’s Didi Kuaidi, will be now be known as “Grab” after the company announced a rebranding today alongside a few new services.<p>The company said its new name reflects the fact that it no longer only offers licensed taxi rides, the …

The bullet that Lyft just dodged is still coming for Uber

Lyft won't have to reclassify its drivers as employees, but Uber still might<p>Lyft will not have to reclassify its drivers as employees after reaching a settlement yesterday, in which it agreed to pay $12.25 million extra in compensation and benefits. Uber is facing a similar lawsuit from its …

GrabTaxi rebrands as Grab and launches corporate service

Southeast Asia’s GrabTaxi has dropped the word ‘taxi’ from its name after announcing that it will now be offering a corporate service, as well as launching cashless payments.<p>Speaking to The Wall Street Journal about the move, Grab’s CEO Anthony Tan said the company is “not really just an app” but …

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