Opinion

Where’s IRU’s taxi section heading?

During the very successful IRU Taxi Forum in Cologne, the IRU also emphatically pressed the ‘reset button’. The IRU press release about the Forum even claimed that “the IRU is taking charge of the future of taxis.” Nothing is further from the truth. The organization has – after some internal difficulties – been virtually invisible(…)

Ride hailing apps: transport for the privileged?

Ride hailing apps: transport for the privileged?

By Mac Urata, International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) inland transport secretary Who uses ride-hailing services in the United States and why? A recent report by UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies draws up an interesting picture of young, affluent and highly educated riders that e-hail Uber or Lyft for their trips to bars and parties.(…)

There’s blood In the water In Silicon Valley –  The bad new politics of big tech.

There’s blood In the water In Silicon Valley – The bad new politics of big tech.

Ben Smith, BuzzFeed’s Editor in Chief wrote this interesting and critical piece on the growing distrust of Silicon Valley companies – including Uber. The blinding rise of Donald Trump over the past year has masked another major trend in American politics: the palpable, and perhaps permanent, turn against the tech industry, BuzzFeed writes. The new(…)

Is Uber bleeding to death?

Is Uber bleeding to death?

Is Uber Bleeding to Death?” Many readers must have asked the same question in recent times. Yet there always seems to be more money in the Uber-coffers. Jared Carmel, Managing Partner of Manhattan Venture Partners, put his thoughts in a piece he recently posted on Linked in. Jared Carmel, Managing Partner, Manhattan Venture Partners Uber(…)

The big misconception about Uber

The big misconception about Uber

Danish lecturer and commentator Jonathan Løw happily uses Uber but he says “it’s decidedly wrong” when people see Uber as an example of disruption. It’s more about the deliberate use of a legal grey area, he writes. There are at least three reasons that Uber is not a disruptive company. Before you get totally annoyed(…)

Public transport: at the heart of the new mobility world

Public transport: at the heart of the new mobility world

With space increasingly at a premium in today’s cities, high quality public transport combined with a broader mix of mobility services is the answer to cutting car dependency according to the latest position from UITP (the International Association of Public Transport). The new position entitled, ‘Public transport at the heart of the integrated mobility solution,’(…)

Patni: Don’t let Uber keep flouting taxi-industry rules

Patni: Don’t let Uber keep flouting taxi-industry rules

This opinion piece was written by Hanif Patni, president and CEO of Coventry Connections in Ottawa, Canada. The piece omits to mention the vast experience Patni has in working with cab companies and taxi associations also in other countries, like for instance in London, Great Britain. When city councillors consider the future of Ottawa’s taxi(…)

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