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Telstra acquires MTData to grow connected vehicle activity

Telstra acquires MTData to grow connected vehicle activity

Telstra has acquired Australian company MTData for an undisclosed fee, reports StartUp Daily, as it aims to grow out a “key pillar” of its connected vehicle offering. Founded in Australia in 2003, MTData has 11 global offices and operates across the UK, US, Canada, New Zealand, the Middle East, providing GPS telematics and fleet management(…)

Contribution-based rideshare app announces launch

Contribution-based rideshare app announces launch

Chimo Applications Inc. announced the launch of its contribution based rideshare app called ifare that allows passengers and drivers to connect and get to where they need to be. Drivers and passengers can upload 3 pictures and provide a brief description of themselves in their profile. “Originally the app was designed for students to connect with other(…)

German taxi association BZP demands national ‘E-Mobility Stimulus Programme’

German taxi association BZP demands national ‘E-Mobility Stimulus Programme’

In view of the ongoing diesel debate and the discussion about inner-city driving bans, the German Taxi and Private Hire Association BZP – at its Autumn conference in Jena – calls for a state-run “economic stimulus program.” The association’s president, Michael Müller, who was confirmed in office in Jena for another four-year term, said: “We(…)

Brazil becomes Uber’s latest regulatory battleground

Brazil becomes Uber’s latest regulatory battleground

A few weeks after being banned in London, the titan of ride-sharing services, is waging a new high-stakes regulatory fight in Brazil, the company’s second-largest market. Yesterday rival apps decided to combine forces to fight Uber together. Brazilian lawmakers last week moved ahead on a bill that, as originally proposed, would have imposed licensing requirements(…)

Electric taxis undergoing final testing in London

Electric taxis undergoing final testing in London

Having been put through rigorous testing, including extreme weather conditions in the Arctic and Death Valley, the LEVC’s TX EVs now face the final challenge as six of them are tested on the streets of London, writes WardsAuto. Deliveries of electric taxicabs to customers to begin before year’s end. A new chapter begins for London’s(…)

Five Turkish companies build consortium for new Turkish car production

Five Turkish companies build consortium for new Turkish car production

Along with Erdoğan, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım and Science, Industry and Technology Minister Faruk Özlü also attended the launching of the Automobile Industry Domestic joint venture group at the Presidential Palace complex in Ankara. In the speech given during the meeting, Erdoğan said officials expect the prototype of the car to be ready in 2019,(…)

Coventry’s London Taxi Company loses black cab trademark battle

Coventry’s London Taxi Company loses black cab trademark battle

The Holyhead Road based motor manufacturer wanted to claim an exclusive right to the shape. Two Court of Appeal judges have ruled that the shape of a traditional London black cab is not distinctive, following a trademark dispute. Lord Justice Kitchin and Lord Justice Floyd upheld a ruling on Wednesday that was made last year(…)

New York terror suspect was an Uber driver

New York terror suspect was an Uber driver

After a move to New Jersey, Sayfullo Saipov eventually settled in Paterson, N.J., and began driving for Uber. Federal authorities said he had come to their attention as a result of an unrelated investigation, but it was not clear whether that was because he was a friend, an associate, or a family member of someone(…)

New York taxi drivers and passengers have to buckle up

New York taxi drivers and passengers have to buckle up

As of November 1, 2017, the New York State Vehicle &Traffic Law (VTL) requires all drivers of taxicabs and for-hire vehicles (FHVs) to wear a seatbelt while driving. The new law also requires that front seat passengers above the age of 16 to wear a seatbelt. New York taxi drivers now buckling up.

A wonderful story: Madagascar’s love affair with the 2CV

A wonderful story: Madagascar’s love affair with the 2CV

Citroen’s 2CV cars tend to be associated with rural France. But for decades it has been the car of choice for taxi drivers more than 5,000 miles (8,000km) away on the Indian Ocean island of Madagascar, reports the BBC. Clare Spencer made a great photographic report. Feno Rafanomezantsoa’s father had a 2CV which he bought(…)

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