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Flying taxi unveiled in New Zealand
Lately, the headlines surrounding the taxi industry have been dominated by the promise and development of autonomous cars, automobiles that either minimise or completely alleviate the need for a human to control the vehicle.
In New Zealand, a pioneering firm called Cora – supported by Google co-founder Larry Page – has recently taken this one step further by revealing a self-driving, fully electric car – which will be available for ride-hire – which needs neither human drivers nor...Read full story
Renault Showcases New Autonomous Robotaxi
We all know the latest trend at the fore of car design: getting behind the wheel without a wheel, and putting a sophisticated artificial intelligence as the driver instead.
Many of the biggest names in the industry have already entered the driverless marketplace, and the field’s latest entrant is Renault with their high-spec concept car, the EZ-Go, which combines shades of Minority Report with the highest-end autonomous available to fashion a fully futuristic car.
The GO will be a s...Read full story
Taxi Centre Turns New Leaf with Nissan
The second generation model of the Nissan Leaf, one of the most popular electric vehicles in the market, is soon set to arrive in garages across the UK.
The Leaf has been an excellent success story for the UK automobile industry, with over 300,000 units of the original model having now left the doors of Nissan’s Sunderland plant.
Though the new model’s not yet available for purchase, we were lucky enough to be able to get behind the wheel of the new vehicle, and invited Dundee Eveni...Read full story
Uber increases Australian taxi fares by $1 in response to new legislation
The government of New South Wales, Australia has imposed a levy of $1 per journey on all ridesharing apps to support a new $250 million imitative aiming to revitalise the country’s taxi industry.
Companies were given the choice to absorb the costs into their turnover or increasing their fares to cover the surcharge. Uber, the world’s most prominent and controversial ridesharing app, chose the latter option.
Andrew Constance, New South Wales’ Transport Minister, raised his disappointmen...Read full story
Uber plans rework of driver ratings
Uber has announced plans to change its driver ratings system to allow users to opt in to receive a “higher level of service”.
Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi stated that the ride-share company is considering allowing users to choose drivers based on their rating.
Customers currently have the ability to rate drivers out of 1-5 following a trip, but have little say in the driver they are initially connected with. However, users are able to opt into...Read full story
London Black Cabs launch new protests against Uber
This week, cabbies across London led by the Independent Taxi Alliance—‘to highlight corruption through legitimate protest’—will be staging a series of demonstrations against Uber’s continued operations in the city, despite TfL revoking their ride-hire license in September 2017.
From Monday afternoon and into early evening, hundreds of black cabs completely locked down the hectic Elephant and Castle roundabout, effecting traffic delays across the capital, seizing up busy bus routes a...Read full story
Nissan Delivers 300,000th LEAF
Nissan has announced record sales of its all Nissan LEAF vehicle, news that places the model as the world’s all time bestselling electric car.
The company revealed that it had sold and delivered its 300,000th Nissan LEAF vehicle in late 2017, a figure steadily built up since the vehicles’ global launch back in 2010.
Although upon launch reviews of the LEAF were somewhat tentative, the popularity of the vehicle has grown and grown in recent years, with consumers, drivers, and the automoti...Read full story
Hyundai and Volkswagen announce autonomous vehicle lines
In recent years, many of the world’s automobile leaders have invested huge amounts of time, effort and budget into exploring the potential of driverless cars, from household names like General Motors to newer entrants in the field like Uber and Tesla.
Last week, two new brands embarked on journeys of their own without a driver behind the wheel, with the Volkswagen Group and Hyundai both announcing partnerships with autonomous driving pioneers Aurora Innovations to produce their own lines of...Read full story
European Court of Justice Overrules Uber
Yesterday, the European Court of Justice – the highest court of the European Union – enacted landmark legislation ruling that Uber can no longer be seen as offering a digital service and must be regarded as a taxi company instead.
Historically, Uber’s classification as a digital service rather than a car hire company has enabled them to take a flexible approach to obeying local taxi laws, which has often given them an unfair commercial advantage over competitors.
However, the European C...Read full story
Uber Loses York License
York has become the third UK city to ban Uber, following a decision by councillors to reject the firm’s application for a new license.
The news follows similar decisions made by authorities in London and Sheffield, both of which declined to renew Uber’s license earlier this year.
York Council’s Gambling, Licensing and Regulatory committee stated that the news of Uber’s recent data breach partially informed the decision to not renew the firm’s license. Decision makers also stated th...Read full story
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