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Japan's Sony Corp to form alliance to build taxi-hailing system: Nikkei - Business Insider

(Reuters) - Japan's Sony Corp plans to form a joint venture to develop an artificial intelligence-based taxi-hailing system in Japan

, the Nikkei Asian Review reported on Tuesday.

Partners for the joint venture include Daiwa Motor Transportation, Hinomaru Kotsu, Kokusai Motorcars, Green Cab and the Checker Cab group to build the platform...

The case against the Uber economyThe Brock Press

Reasons to consider deleting your app. You may be less concerned with the livelihoods of taxi drivers and more interested in how Uber offers people a chance to make more money. In theory, the idea of supplementing your income with a side job where you control your own hours and working conditions seem wonderful. But on the ground, it tends to play out differently for people who drive for Uber.

Waymo orders thousands of Chrysler Pacificas for expansion of driverless-taxi service

Chrysler Pacifica minivans will be the workhorses for Google subsidiary Waymo to expand driverless ride-hailing service to multiple cities.

London firms split on TfL decision not to renew Uber's licence, says London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) |...

London firms are split over Transport for London's (TfL) decision not to renew Uber's licence to operate in the capital, according to a new study.

Is Uber a passing fad? | Forbes India Blog

Whether the industry can find a stream of profitable revenue which it can defend long-term from being taken back by the traditional taxis it has disrupted

New York cop racially abuses taxi driver while on holiday in Derby - Derby Telegraph

Lawrence Danglewicz had come to the UK to escape the emotions of his ongoing divorce...

Lynne Bickley , prosecuting, said: “The defendant began accusing the driver of taking the long way round.

“He asked him to stop and started shouting at him and the driver decided he needed to return to Friar Gate and alert the taxi marshals.

Why The Toyota JPN Taxi Will Last A Lifetime - Auto News - Carlist.my

Launched at last year’s Tokyo Motorshow, the Toyota JPN Taxi is the latest in a long line of Toyota taxi vehicles, which began in 1936 with the introduction of ...

More than 200 black cabs bring London Bridge to a standstill in protest against Uber

Drivers parked up and handed out leaflets demanding Transport for London stop 'accommodating' the taxi app

London taxi protest: Black cab drivers stage demo against TfL and Uber | London Evening Standard

London taxi drivers descended on Elephant and Castle as part of a series of protests this week against TfL and Uber. The protests, in response to TfL's reasons for revoking Uber’s licence and the minicab firm’s continued operation in London, are set to take place throughout the week in the capital. On Monday afternoon the busy Elephant and Castle roundabout was brought to a standstill by black cabs, causing traffic chaos in the surrounding area. TfL tweeted that all approaches to Elephant and Castle were affected.

Uber’s Secret Tool for Keeping the Cops in the Dark - Bloomberg

At least two dozen times, the San Francisco headquarters locked down equipment in foreign offices to shield files from police raids.

B.C. taxi group urges province to take slow and cautious route on ride share | CHAT News Today!

VANCOUVER — The B.C. Taxi Association says it has found an app to meet customer demands across the province, making the need for ride sharing services like Uber and Lyft unnecessary.

The 'Taxi Prince' Fighting to Make Sure Uber Won't Win in Japan - Bloomberg

The former McKinsey & Co. consultant and taxi heir is seeking to modernize the industry.

Uber: Facing Trouble or Redemption in 2018? | The Market Mogul

Uber 2018: Last year proved to be turbulent for Uber. Despite achieving growth throughout the year – its adjusted net revenue grew by over $250m...

Driverless cars ‘demand overhaul of major cities’, says Ford

Ford has called for major cities to be rebuilt to cope with the rise of driverless cars, taxi apps and booming urban populations, warning that city centres will grind to a halt otherwise...

Uber’s Rivals Muscle In to Lure Passengers and Regulators in Europe - Bloomberg

Uber Technologies Inc.’s rivals are stepping up the battle for ride-sharing dominance in Europe, with local startups raising funds and global adversaries increasing contact with local regulators as they seek to gain a toehold in the region...

Terrifying moment a van sends a taxi flying after head-on smash in the middle of a busy intersection - but could the ...

A taxi went flying across a busy highway intersection in Queensland after it was swept up by a white van, who appeared to be running a red light.

Lyft users will able to sample a self-driving taxi service at CES thanks to Aptiv

Once the stuff of science fiction, the idea of a self-driving taxi service...

...is fast becoming a reality. Boston, Massachusetts-based self-driving car startup nuTonomy made headlines in 2016 when it launched the world’s first self-driving taxi service. That was in Singapore and limited to only a few streets. nuTonomy has since been acquired by Aptiv...

Dubai Taxi Corp launches new digital kiosks

Dubai Taxi Corporation, a subsidiary of Road and Transport Authority (RTA), has announced the launch of digital kiosk intended to facilitate the processing of transactions and services offered to taxi drivers.

It also avails them access to efficient and speedy services through using smart technologies that nurture an advanced and interactive business environment.

The DTC assigns paramount importance to drivers and makes every effort to recognise and reward their excellent efforts, said a statement from RTA.

It also develops plans and attends to improving the current affairs to cater to the needs and expectations of employees and clients through applying the highest standards and latest technologies, it stated.

"The kiosk is being operated through a smart app on smartphones. It enables the taxi driver to apply for leave, salary certificate, insurance details, test results, and Dubai map in addition to reporting a traffic accident and other applications related to travel or driving licence," said Ammar Al Buraiki, the director of Resources and Support at DTC.

"The applications can be retrieved from the digital kiosk in the head office of the DTC. The app has an early distress call feature linking the cab driver with the control center during emergencies and crises, and enabling the positioning of the vehicle in order to deliver the required assistance," he explained.

"The launch of the kiosk is part of the efforts in support of the Smart City initiative of our government to rank Dubai as the smartest and happiest city worldwide and replicates RTA’s first strategic goal (Smart Dubai), he added.-TradeArabia News Service
NYE travellers told to 'keep a sense of good humour' when getting home

Uber surge pricing will be highest

between midnight and 3am on New Year's, a company spokesman has warned.

A fee alone won’t curb Uber-fueled Manhattan congestion - NY Daily News

Gov. Cuomo is expected to lay out his congestion pricing plan in next week’s State of the State speech,

Uber faces tougher regulation across Europe after ECJ rules firm is a transport service | The Independent

The EU's top court has ruled that Uber is a taxi service...

...and can be regulated like other transport firms. The long-awaited decision could have wide-ranging implications for how Uber, and other gig economy firms, can operate across the continent. Uber had labelled itself an “information society service” that merely connects drivers with passengers through an app. 

Taxi drivers knock back McGowan Government’s initial $100,000 plate buy back scheme | The West Australian

Taxi owners have thrown the McGowan Government’s plate buy-back scheme into disarray after refusing to accept initial offers starting at $100,000.

Revealed: the late-night 'golden hour' when taxis become cheaper than Uber - and it could save you up to $40 on a sin...

They were the ride-sharing company that shook the taxi industry but now it seems the tables may have turned with some Uber rides costing up to $40 more than taxis in Melbourne.

Faring badly: Uber struggles to make inroads in Japan

Uber may be shredding business models for taxi firms the world over but it is struggling to make inroads in Japan,

where risk-averse passengers prefer to stick to their high-quality traditional taxi service.

Another UK city refuses to renew Uber's license in new regulatory setback | Reuters

The English city of York refused to renew Uber's license to operate...

York rejected Uber’s licence renewal on Tuesday, citing concerns about the ride-hailing app’s data breach and the number of complaints received, a city council spokesperson said...