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Uber now uses a phone’s sensors to detect if you’ve been in a crash

Uber now uses a phone’s sensors to detect if you’ve been in a crash

As part of its ongoing redemption mission, Uber is introducing a new feature that checks if you’re OK if it thinks that you may have been involved in a crash. The Ride Check feature, which is expected to roll out in the coming months, uses GPS and other sensors embedded in the driver’s smartphone to(…)

Whilst New York cracks down on Uber, Airbnb may spread around the world

Whilst New York cracks down on Uber, Airbnb may spread around the world

New York: On a Monday morning in February Doug Schifter, a New York City cab driver, wrote an angry 1700-word Facebook post outlining his despair at the state of his industry. “Companies do not care how they abuse us just so the executives get their bonuses,” the 61-year-old veteran of New York’s taxi and hire(…)

The help taxi drivers need (Letter to the Editor from a taxi driver)

The help taxi drivers need (Letter to the Editor from a taxi driver)

I REFER to the report “We will give cabbies all the help” (The Star, Aug 31) on Transport Minister Anthony Loke’s statement about the government’s bid to assist cabbies to obtain loans to buy their own taxis. Taxi drivers do deserve help but it would be counterproductive if the assistance given lures more drivers into(…)

To beat Uber and Lyft, some taxi companies are trying to become them

To beat Uber and Lyft, some taxi companies are trying to become them

Taxi companies have been battling ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft for years. Now, they have a new strategy: If you can’t beat them join them. Dale Evans, president of Charley’s Taxi, says her company recently beefed up it own app, which it developed several years ago. It also applied with the state for a transportation network(…)

Uber wins back London licence for probationary 15 months

Uber wins back London licence for probationary 15 months

Uber has won back its licence to operate in London after a judge overturned a ban. Transport for London (TfL) refused to renew the licence when it expired last September, saying the US ride-hailing firm was not a “fit and proper” operator. After a two day court hearing in Westminster Magistrates’ Court, Uber has been(…)

Uber plays nice in London licence defence

Uber plays nice in London licence defence

Yesterday, Uber began its legal bid to regain its London licence at Westminster’s Magistrates Court. In this most high-profile test of the ride-hailing app Uber will defend its right to operate in London and attempt to shed its reputation for its problematic culture and conduct under founder and former CEO Travis Kalanick. Regulator Transport for(…)

Would Uber prefer an 18 month London licence?

Would Uber prefer an 18 month London licence?

TfL stripped Uber of its licence in September 2017, and said the decision was made on the basis of “public security and safety implications” following numerous complaints the company was failing to properly screen the backgrounds of its drivers with multiple complaints of sexual assault made by women customers. Last August, Metropolitan Police Inspector Neil(…)

Is there life at Benchmark after Uber?

Is there life at Benchmark after Uber?

Is there a next act for one of Silicon Valley’s top investors after Uber? Benchmark and Bill Gurley are about to find out. Questions swirl around the venture capital firm as it prepares to raise a new fund within the next year, writes Recode. Benchmark is one of tech’s most powerful venture capital firms, and,(…)

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