Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is down, but he somehow does not yet consider himself out, according to a Sunday report in the New York Times.
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Getting rid of CEO Travis Kalanick has apparently not magically resolved all of ride-hailing giant Uber's many, many problems, with the company now facing a lawsuit in New York over its near-total lack of cars accessible to people with wheelchairs.
I'd like to say that I've never given Uber money, but that wouldn't be true. Not exactly. I did give Uber money once, years ago, when I had no other option. The company promptly ripped me off, and I wasn't surprised. Why not? I worked in the same office as Uber in its early days. I could sense that it was evil from the start.
No longer are mere cities banning Uber (hi Austin!), now the entire country of Italy has banned the ride-sharing app following a court ruling that it constituted unfair competition to the country's existing taxi associations.
Ingogo recently announced its new "fixed fares" platform for taxis, which is available from today. The bookings company says that uncertainty about cost is a major factor for passengers utilising ride-share services instead.
The recent legalisation of UberX in Australia was welcome news just before the New Year shenanigans, even if it came with a $1 temporary levy and a public $250 million handout to taxi drivers. And while it's come at an opportune time, that's not forgetting the fact that being legalised won't stop Uber's famous surge pricing from hitting over New Year's.
Understandably, the taxi association is rather proud of this fact and would like to crow about it.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission doesn't like iHail, the Aussie taxi-booking app proposed by a consortium of local taxi companies including Cabcharge. First, the app was rejected on grounds that it would be anticompetitive, unifying several of Australia's tightly regulated large taxi providers and giving them extra power against smaller competitors. (To say nothing of a level playing field with Uber.) Now, iHail's in hot water over payment methods and credit card surcharges.
In a sudden crackdown on ride sharing services like UberX, Roads and Maritime Services NSW announced on Sunday that it has issued 40 suspension notices to owners of vehicles found to be involved. Any suspended vehicle found on the road after October 1st will be considered unregistered and fined accordingly.
Weighing in on the ongoing UberX vs taxi debate, consumer advocacy group CHOICE today released the results of a report that pits both services against each other. Looking at factors like price, reliability and safety, CHOICE came out with a clear winner that will be entirely unsurprising to anyone living in the 21st century. UberX was found to be just as safe and reliable as your average taxi, and on average came out to be 40% cheaper.
Uber drivers are taking our business so we're going to respond by... giving them more business? Taxi drivers in Melbourne held an ill-considered strike today to protest ridesharing apps like Uber, hoping to spur the government into taking action on this issue. Uber responded brilliantly by offering free rides, which can be redeemed by new users across Australia with the cheeky promo code "KEEPOZMOVING".
Against all odds, the Nissan NV-200 will rule the streets of New York. As of today, the vast majority of cab drivers must buy the so-called Taxi of Tomorrow when they retire their old yellow cabs.
We keep hearing how technology will eventually solve the problem of vehicular traffic for good. Self-driving cars will only get us halfway to that future — they're still cars, clogging up our roads, speeding down our freeways. The personal mobility future that I'm waiting for includes autonomous drone taxis that can sail high over the city, delivering me safely to my destination.