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If Taxis Want to Survive, They Should Learn From Uber | The Heritage Foundation

Taxi medallion-holders seeking court protection against competition from ridesharing firms have lost once again.

Last month, a three-judge panel of the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of a case brought by the Philadelphia Taxi Association and 80 taxi companies, alleging violations of antitrust law by ridesharing giant Uber.

Uber and taxis in Edmonton followed the rules better in 2017, city says | CBC News

Uber and traditional taxis appear to be sharing the streets better than in 2016 when Edmonton legalized ride-sharing services, according to an annual update prepared for city council.

Japan's big brands are trying to shake up its taxi industry

Major Japanese companies and their partners are getting into the ride-hailing market.

More than 3,000 cabs are lying idle in Nanjing, capital city of East China's Jiangsu Province, allegedly due to the impact of online car services, representing a quarter of city-owned cabs, local news outlet Modern Express reported on Monday.

Waymo and Jaguar will build up to 20,000 self-driving electric SUVs - The Verge

Waymo and Jaguar Land Rover have inked a deal that will add tens of thousands of all-electric I-Pace SUVs to the Alphabet unit’s growing lineup of self-driving taxis.

Has ride-sharing firm Uber met its match in Barcelona?

Regulatory restrictions and incensed taxi drivers make city a challenge for company

Private cars may soon be able to operate as taxis as panel looks to liberalise permit norms -

Private cars may soon be allowed to operate as taxis and prospects of ridesharing through cab aggregators such as Uber and Ola may widen across the country as a high-level panel has recommended to liberalise taxi permit norms.

Cabbie blamed Uber, Lyft for financial woes before hanging himself | New York Post

A yellow-cab driver hanged himself because of financial ruin

that he blamed on ride-hail apps such as Uber and Lyft — the fourth such suicide in the last four months, authorities said Wednesday.

Nicanor Ochisor, 65, was found in the garage of his Maspeth, Queens, home by his adult son on Friday, according to Richard Lipsky of the Taxi Medallion Owners and Drivers Association....

South African taxi team offers free rides to struggling elderly - BBC News

The young man who announced free rides for struggling pensioners sparked praise within his township.

California lawsuits accuse Uber and Lyft of discriminating against wheelchair users

Two new lawsuits allege that Uber and Lyft aren't doing enough to serve people who use wheelchairs.

Hinomaru opens door to foreign drivers in Japanese taxi industry - Japan Today

Hinomaru Transportation Co Ltd, looking ahead to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, aims to serve the growing number of overseas visitors by leading the way in recruitment of foreign workers into the Japanese taxi industry. In response to a labor shortage due to Japan’s declining birthrate and aging…

Ola's sputtering India electric vehicle trial a red flag for Modi plan - Business Insider

Indian ride-hailing firm Ola's pilot project to test a fleet of electric vehicles in the western city of Nagpur was expected to herald a coming revolution in the Indian autos industry.

...But nine months later, the program has hit a snag: Ola drivers, unhappy with long wait times at charging stations and high operating expenses, want to return their cars and switch to fuel-guzzling variants.
Out of 20 Ola electric car drivers interviewed by Reuters in Nagpur, more than a dozen said they have either returned their electric taxis and switched to diesel, or are planning to do so...
By Aditi ShahNAGPUR, India (Reuters) - Indian...

Uber Is Running Out of Ways to Save Itself | Vanity Fair

After burning through $10.7 billion in nine years, Uber still hasn’t found a way to turn a profit.

Uber drivers in Czech Republic will need to be licensed: PM | Reuters

Drivers for Uber in the Czech Republic will need to get business certificates and be licensed, the country's prime minister said on Thursday after meeting with company officials.

Dublin taxi fares could increase by 25% if civic plaza approved, warns MyTaxi

College Green plaza will further discourage shoppers in the city, Pamela Scott argues

Digital disruption is becoming mainstream, four strategies to keep an edge

Despite the widespread buzz surrounding ‘digital disruption’,

its impact so far has been limited to well-known sectors, such as travel (, Airbnb), taxi (Uber), retail (Zappos, Alibaba) and entertainment (Netflix, Amazon Prime). However, according to a new study, disruption is about to reach a tipping point, with two-thirds of large companies now being faced with disruptive competition, while the remainder is due to follow suit quickly.....Key to Taxi trade is the volatility stage.

Easy Ride trial to mark Nissan's first stop on road to taxi services | Reuters

Nissan Motor Co is taking its first steps to becoming an operator of autonomous vehicle services, hoping to break into a segment set to be dominated by Uber [UBER.UL] and other technology firms.

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 -

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