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Is Uber Safe During COVID?

I recently read an article in Intelligent Transport , exploring whether rideshare, such as from Uber and Lyft was a substitute or complementary to public transport. It quoted research from SMART which found that a third of ride-share trips were … Continue reading

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Uber mocks Australian state’s stiff fines, takes away the Ubers

Imagine a world without Uber? Okay, now come back to 2016. Unless you are in Queensland, Australia. Sourced through Scoop.it from: mashable.com I arrived at Newark airport on my first trip to NYC at midnight. There was a sign above … Continue reading

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Uber partners with TomTom for Maps

TomTom, the navigation company, said on Thursday it had signed a multi-year deal to provide Uberwith digital maps for the software used by its drivers. It is the … Sourced through Scoop.it from: http://www.youtube.com This is a really good story … Continue reading

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Ola introduces social ride-sharing feature on its app – Tech2

Taxi aggregator Ola launched a new ‘Share’ feature on its app that will allow its users in the city to share rides, making their travel cheaper. Sourced through Scoop.it from: tech.firstpost.com I don’t know much about India, including whether taxi … Continue reading

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EXCLUSIVE: Uber says De Blasio misleading on NYC congestion

Mr. Mayor, don’t blame Uber for your claims of congestion on the streets of Manhattan, the app-based taxi service said Tuesday. Sourced through Scoop.it from: http://www.nydailynews.com It appears that there is dissension in the Big Apple, where I experienced my … Continue reading

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Uber Upgrades SOS Button in India With GPS Tracking

The updated button for Uber’s app is designed to help local law enforcement act more quickly in emergencies. Source: http://www.pcmag.com Two in one in this story and the second one is more interesting, click on the link for a video … Continue reading

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Ever felt ripped off by a taxi driver? Ride-hailing Cars with Smart Navigation? Almost There.

I challenge taxi drivers everywhere to be honest, drive by the fastest or best route using GPS (with real time traffic) and let your customer know you are dong the best possible job for them. Continue reading

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What we lose when GPS does all our navigating for us – Washington Post (blog)

The last holdouts — cab drivers — are increasingly adopting the technology. Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com I am all for these discussions, they are important, but I’m not sure that this isn’t a Luddite expression of a wish for things of the … Continue reading

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Uber riders can now earn points at luxury hotels

In-between shenanigans, Uber actually offers a pretty nice car service, and users are about to get a perk besides free water: points from chi-chi hotelier Starwood. Source: http://www.msn.com A few years ago I wrote about a blog about a  book … Continue reading

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San Francisco firm Uber to bring private car-hailing app technology to Taiwan – WantChinaTimes

Whilst WantChinaTimes San Francisco firm Uber to bring private car-hailing app technology to Taiwan WantChinaTimes The apps, when downloaded to the user’s smartphone, detect the Global Positioning System’s (GPS) space-based satellite navigation system and…

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Whilst legislation may need to catch up, the reality is that this is a new wave of transportation.

 

I hear and understand a lot of complaints from the existing industries, but there are many arguments in favor of this evolution. It could mean fewer cars on the road. That has to be good from a green perspective.

 

One way the existing taxi industry could compete is by allowing passengers to rate existing taxi drivers, because there are drivers who take their customers ‘the long way round’ and this is one of the reasons that the whole industry gets a bad name.

 

A classic example I hear frequently is asking the passenger which route to take. This is a way of letting the driver off if they take the longer or more congested route. They should all be using solutions such as Waze or TomTom with real time traffic. If they are professional, then most of the time they know the fastest route at any time of day

 

Taxi companies should read ‘What Would Google Do’ by Jeff Jarvis. If they uniformly provided a great service, people would not be wanting other services. These new services could not get off the ground or survive if the existing ones were providing a great solution.

 

Just like book stores, record stores and other industries, the taxi industry needs to keep reinventing itself or others will take over. That is the nature of change.

 

With my tongue firmly planted in my cheek, I believe there is a global conspiracy. There is a central location on the planet where they send taxi drivers to countries where they don’t speak the local language and don’t know the local road network.

 

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