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Grab launches a food delivery service in Southeast Asia

Grab launches a food delivery service in Southeast Asia

Fresh from completing its acquisition of Uber’s Southeast Asia business, ride-hailing firm Grab has officially launched its food delivery business — GrabFood — today. The service is already available in beta in a handful of countries, including Thailand, but now it is available in Singapore (Grab HQ) with plans to reach Grab’s core six markets in Southeast(…)

Another taxi driver in debt takes his life – the 5th in 5 month

Another taxi driver in debt takes his life – the 5th in 5 month

On a corner of 86th Street and East End Avenue in Manhattan on Sunday, three posters for a missing man were still hanging on a lamp post about a block from the East River, reports the New York Times. That was where the police found the man’s parked taxicab, the biggest investment of his life.(…)

The future of work through the lens of Uber looks a lot like the past

The future of work through the lens of Uber looks a lot like the past

By Jared Bernstein, former chief economist to Vice President Joe Biden, senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and author of ‘The Reconnection Agenda: Reuniting Growth and Prosperity’. There are many who think the structure of work is rapidly changing. The “gig economy,” they argue, is replacing the old economy; robots and(…)

Report: Taxi & Mobility Update 2018 – What does tomorrow’s mobility look like?

Report: Taxi & Mobility Update 2018 – What does tomorrow’s mobility look like?

What’s tomorrow’s mobility going to look like? And what’s the taxi industry’s role in styling that new mobility? Or continuing to work in it? These and other questions were asked by the organisers and participants at the sixth annual international Taxi & Mobility Update conference, held in Brussels on 19 and 20 April. As always,(…)

De Blasio administration looks to take air out of Uber’s tires

De Blasio administration looks to take air out of Uber’s tires

The de Blasio administration urged the City Council on Monday to put the brakes on the expansion of the e-hail vehicle industry. Meera Joshi, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s chair of the Taxi and Limousine Commission, made the request of the local legislature’s Committee on For-Hire Vehicles during a hearing at City Hall. The head of(…)

Uber rides again in Vienna after two-day suspension

Uber rides again in Vienna after two-day suspension

Ride-hailing service Uber has resumed operations in Vienna after a two-day suspension to comply with an injunction pending a ruling in a local taxi firm’s lawsuit, Reuters reports. A spokesman for the court in the Austrian capital had said that the injunction required Uber to stop operations until it could ensure orders for rides were(…)

Op-ed: At last, a sign of hope for taxis

Op-ed: At last, a sign of hope for taxis

The Uber-generated chaos and despair in the taxi industry, a calamity that has turned my world upside down, was underscored by the spate of recent tragic suicides of livery drivers, and even one of my own fellow medallion owners. It is telling that it took someone’s ultimate sacrifice to get the media’s attention to what(…)

Are there more black cabs in London or yellow cabs in NYC?

Are there more black cabs in London or yellow cabs in NYC?

An interesting question on the Quora-website: are there more black cabs in London or yellow cabs in New York? There are more in London. As of January 2017 there were exactly 13,587 yellow cabs in New York City. The number of minicabs (private hire or black cars) was estimated at about 60,000. As of March(…)

California operators helped create backdrop for big Uber decision

California operators helped create backdrop for big Uber decision

The stunning upset decision by state officials April 26 that legally deems Uber a charter party carrier, also known as a commercial ground transportation company, will reverberate throughout the industry and likely spur resolutions to some basic questions of how Uber operates, state limousine industry advocates said Friday. “We’re very pleased the California Public Utilities(…)

The secret green shelters that feed London’s cabbies

The secret green shelters that feed London’s cabbies

Dotted around London, these 13 tiny green sheds are reserved for those with ‘The Knowledge’, writes Ella Buchan for BBC Travel. “We’re a Victorian institution,” black-cab driver Henry announced proudly, tugging on his tartan cap. It was a grey mid-morning in London and I was squeezed in a small green shed behind a narrow, U-shaped(…)

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