Uber teams up with Nasa

November 10, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, News, Transport

LOS ANGELES, 10 November 2017: Uber on Wednesday unveiled a partnership with NASA that will see it develop flying taxis priced competitively with standard Uber journeys.

It also announced Los Angeles will join two other previously revealed “UberAIR” pilot schemes in Dallas Fort-Worth, Texas, and Dubai.

California and Texas are the US states with the largest number of cars. Read more

Taxi drivers told to behave

June 26, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 26 June 2017: The Land Transport Department has asked taxi drivers to improve their manners after some drivers set about a car driver they suspected was an Uber of Grab member.

The incident that occurred at the weekend could have turned nasty.

Taxi drivers besieged the driver at Chiang Mai airport, which is under the management of the Airports of Thailand. Read more

Pressure to slow Uber and Grab

June 21, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

HANOI, 21 June 2017: Pressure is being applied on Vietnam’s Ministry of Transport to stop licensing new cars for app-based taxi services as traditional taxis feel the pinch.

Tuoi Tre News reported that a pilot programme allowing Grab and Uber as well as several local taxi and transportation companies to operate app-based services in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Khanh Hoa has now come under fire.

Both the Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City transport departments proposed rules that will prevent an expansion of the internet-based taxi booking services as criticism mounts mainly generated by traditional taxi owners. Read more

Driverless taxi hits truck

October 19, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 19 October 2016: A car taking part in the world’s first public trial of driverless taxis was slightly damaged, Tuesday, when it collided with a lorry in Singapore, its operator said.

No one was hurt in the accident in One North, a suburban research campus where the vehicle has been on limited trial runs since August, US software firm nuTonomy said in a statement.

“None of the people involved was injured. The nuTonomy car, which was operating with two engineers on-board, was travelling at a low speed at the time of the incident,” it said. Read more

Investors hand more cash to Grab

September 22, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 22 September 2016: Ride-hailing startup Grab said earlier this week it has raised USD750 million from investors to expand in burgeoning Southeast Asian markets including Indonesia, as it aims to build its lead over US-based rival Uber in the region.

The new investments led by Japan’s SoftBank Group raised the Singapore-based firm’s total capital to more than USD1.0 billion, it said in a statement.

Competition between Uber and local startups has grown fierce in Southeast Asia, home to more than 600 million people and a rising middle class. Read more

Motorcycle taxi apps halt

May 23, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 23 May 2016: Thailand’s Department of Land Transport has ordered GrabBike and UberMOTO, smartphone-based motorcycle taxi services, to stop operating due to alleged violations of public transport regulations.

Representatives of the two companies were invited to the Department of Land Transport, last week, for a meeting with the department deputy director, Nanthapong Cherdcho.

Representatives from the first army division, Metropolitan Police Bureau and Pathumwan municipal police were also briefed on regulations governing motorcycle taxi services. Read more

HCMC taxis get their own app

September 18, 2015 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

HO CHI MINH CITY, 18 September 2015: Ho Chi Minh City’s 27-7 Taxi Cooperative will launch a cab-hailing app called “Life app” at the end of this month to offer more choices for locals and visitors.

The application is similar to GrabTaxi and Uber, both of which were introduced to Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi commuters, last year.

The Life app will allow passengers to hail a registered taxi on their smartphones and should be available for download, 30 September, according to a Tuoi Tre News report.

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App flags Yangon taxis

June 30, 2015 by  
Filed under Myanmar, News

YANGON, 30 June 2015: A new mobile phone application linking passengers with taxi drivers has officially launched in Yangon’s Hlaing Tharyar Township.

The application claimed to be the latest initiative to help reduce traffic congestion in Myanmar’s car-clogged commercial capital.

Irrawaddy media reported the phone application, named “hoho,” was created by Yangon-based start-up company Myantel and officially launched in mid-June after a trial-run period from February to May this year.

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Yangon to trial-run taxi meters

May 28, 2015 by  
Filed under Myanmar, News

YANGON, 28 May 2015: A trial run of taxi meters will take place in Yangon, this June to determine their viability in the local market.

An independent company authorised by Yangon region’s Ministry of Transport will supervise the test run. Taxi meters are a universal feature in all major cities worldwide, but Yangon authorities believe they need to make a trial run to judge if the system’s viable in a city where there are no controls over what cab drivers can charge.

Myanmar Business Today media reported that Analytics Company, an IT firm based in Yangon, will implement systems designed to improve the fare collection and safety of Yangon taxis.

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