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The Black Car Fund may have swerved out of its lane

The Black Car Fund may have swerved out of its lane

On a desolate block of Long Island City sits a vacant warehouse, its entrances padlocked and doorbell defused. A FedEx tag for an undelivered package, dated 5/23, has been stuck to a barred doorway for at least 11 months. Visible through filthy second-floor windows is a small sign that reads simply The Black Car Fund. Created(…)

Karhoo wins European startup Gold Prize

Karhoo wins European startup Gold Prize

Urban mobility marketplace Karhoo won the prestigious European Startup Gold Prize for mobility on Thursday (April 11th). Beating over 500 other mobility startups to the top prize, the victory marks a milestone moment for the company which was formed just two years ago. During the main event at the European Parliament in Brussels, Karhoo alongside(…)

Lyft IPO could raise $2.1 billion at $18.5 billion valuation

Lyft IPO could raise $2.1 billion at $18.5 billion valuation

Ride-hailing startup Lyft hopes to raise up to $2.1 billion in its IPO as it launches a roadshow to drum up investor support, Venturebeat reports. Starting this week, the company will begin meeting directly with large investment funds to answer questions and ease concerns that the company is bleeding massive amounts of red ink, even(…)

Uber hires more IPO underwriters as it prepares to go public: sources

Uber hires more IPO underwriters as it prepares to go public: sources

Ride-hailing startup Uber Technologies Inc has hired a string of investment banks to its syndicate of initial public offering underwriters, as it ramps up preparations for a stock market debut, people familiar with the matter told Reuters last Tuesday. Smaller rival Lyft Inc is racing to list in the stock market at the end of(…)

How Via benefits from new regulations that hurt Uber and Lyft

How Via benefits from new regulations that hurt Uber and Lyft

The ride-hail market’s smallest player has emerged as the biggest winner 
under the city’s new regulations: In New York City, by dispatched trips UBER: 70.2% LYFT: 20.2% JUNO: 5.1% VIA: 4.6% Source: Taxi and Limousine Commission The past couple of months have been deflating for the city’s hired-car industry, but not for Via. The Manhattan-based pooled-ride(…)

Taxis get Access to survive

Taxis get Access to survive

Yellow cabs with trained drivers now can pick up passengers who otherwise would use notoriously slow Access-a-Ride buses. From foreclosures on taxi medallions to a congestion surcharge in Manhattan that yellow-cab operators say could devastate their business, the taxi industry has had no shortage of bad news in recent months. But there has been one(…)

Coming soon: Wheelchair minibus conversion for VW E-Crafter

Coming soon: Wheelchair minibus conversion for VW E-Crafter

Dutch conversion specialists Tribus, based in Utrecht, developed a wheelchair conversion for the new VW E-Crafter. The 100% electric wheelchair minibus will be available as a 8+1 with a lowered front entrance, TriflexAIR foldings seats and a wheelchair lift at the rear. There is a rising demand for zero emission passenger transport in urban areas.(…)

Irish firm scoops entire ex-Téo taxi R&D team and opens new office in Montreal

Irish firm scoops entire ex-Téo taxi R&D team and opens new office in Montreal

Shortly after Téo Taxi ceased operations at the end of January, Irish company iCabbi made a bold move – quickly securing the talented development team, and opening a new office in Montréal – all part of their vision to put taxi companies at the centre of mobility. With close ties to Montréal’s vibrant AI and(…)

Can a ridehailing app be ethical?

Can a ridehailing app be ethical?

Via pays its drivers more than any other company, focuses on environmentally friendly practices, and wants to decrease traffic congestion. But is there a catch? Roman K. tried a lot of car jobs. After immigrating to New York from Tbilisi, Georgia, he worked at an auto shop, but the dust and chemicals made him sick.(…)

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