Daimler’s reaction was as quick as it was non-committal, stating that “moovel GmbH is well on its way to becoming mobility market leader in the world. Read more…
“With car2go we are first in the world when it comes to carsharing. With the mobility platform moovel we want to redefine intelligent intermodal mobility and show customers what is the best way from A tot B.” According to Daimler the acquisition of myTaxi a few months ago and the present interest in Blacklane (a limousine app) is meant to offer clients of moovel fitting mobility solutions. “Our goal is to work closely and as partners with the taxi industry to use the opportunities of the Internet together. (…) carpooling.com is also looking at new opportunities for city-mobility. Taxis and driver services play an important role in that.”
Finally Germany’s Employment minister, Andrea Nahles (SPD), doesn’t want to leave digital change to the ‘Ubers of this world’. The burden of social security is left to the state, she said, in a sharp attack against taxi-competitor Uber. “Everywhere in Europe Uber pays as little tax as possible”, Nahles told the economic magazine Wirtschaftswoche. “The company doesn’t care about the social security of its employees.” “That may for the short time be profitable for the company, but it is not for our social market economy”, Nahles said. It distorts competition and loads the burden of social security on to general society. “That we cannot accept in the long run.” According to Nahles, consumers can also choose alternatives: “We shouldn’t leave digital change to the Ubers of the world. Everyone is a consumer and can shape the new world with his or her clicks.”
And finally: two months after its start in Denmark, the country’s transport minister, Magnus Heunicke, stated that the service will probably be banned because it violates Danish law. Heunicke said that he was not opposed to the concept of the service, but added that Denmark has “clear requirements” for making sure consumers are safe and employees are properly trained. The formal ban will depend on the outcome of a police investigation started in november last year by the Danish Transport Authority.
• Denmark has ‘clear requirements’ for consumer safety and employee training.