London revokes Uber licence

September 26, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

LONDON, 26 September 2017: The head of Uber apologised, Monday, for “mistakes” made by the US ride-sharing app after London authorities refused to renew its licence, but still vowed to appeal the decision.

“While Uber had revolutionised the way people move in cities around the world, it’s equally true that we’ve got things wrong along the way,” Uber chief executive, Dara Khosrowshahi, wrote in an open letter.

“On behalf of everyone at Uber globally, I’d like to apologise for the mistakes we’ve made.” 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

Disruption downs Uber chief

June 22, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, News

WASHINGTON, 22 June 2017: Travis Kalanick was the driving force behind Uber, taking a spur-of-moment idea and turning it into the world’s most valuable venture-funded tech startup.

But Kalanick’s brash personality and freewheeling management style made him a liability as well as an asset to the global ridesharing giant, and on Wednesday he stepped down as chief executive.

Kalanick, 40, frequently recounts how the idea behind Uber was born, when he and a colleague were attending a technology conference in Paris in 2008 and failed to find a taxi on a cold night. 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

Singapore tweaks its MICE treats

May 19, 2017 by  
Filed under MICE, News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 19 May 2017: Changi Airport Group, Singapore Tourism Board and Singapore Airlines launched the second edition of the Singapore MICE Advantage Programme at IMEX Frankfurt Wednesday.

SMAP is a joint initiative that seeks to provide a differentiated and seamless Singapore business event experience for MICE organisers and visitors.

The latest edition comes with improved benefits and aims to further refine this experience. Read more

Uber takes to the skies

April 26, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

SAN FRANCISCO, 26 April 2017: Uber said Tuesday it wants to launch a system of flying cars to move people around cities, with a goal of putting demonstration projects in place by 2020.

The ridesharing giant announced a series of partnerships to manufacture “vertical take-off and landing” (VTOL) vehicles and put networks in place, a system dubbed Uber Elevate.

The partner cities working with Uber are Dubai and the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolis in Texas. Read more

Uber cars banned by AoT

February 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 27 February 2017: Uber taxis are banned from Airports of Thailand’s six airports according to AoT officials who claim the service is not registered legally in the country.

National News Bureau of Thailand reported that AoT would enforce the regulation that states non-public registered vehicles will be not be allowed to pick up passengers from Suvarnabhumi Airport.

The same rule applies at all of six AoT managed airports in the country. Read more

Jakarta taxis stage protest

March 23, 2016 by  
Filed under Indonesia, News

JAKARTA, 23 March 2016: Thousands of Indonesian taxi drivers staged a violent protest Tuesday against Uber and other ride-hailing apps, blocking major roads in the capital, clashing with rivals from app-based services and setting tyres alight.

The protesters adorned their vehicles with signs saying “stop illegal taxis” and rallied in front of parliament and government buildings, in an upsurge of anger at technology they say is threatening their livelihoods.

As convoys of vehicles brought downtown Jakarta to a standstill, the demonstration turned violent, with protesters jumping up and down on vehicles that refused to take part, while stone-throwing drivers and rivals from app-based services clashed in several areas of the city. Read more

Bangkok Motor bike taxis on Uber

February 25, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 25 February 2016: Uber offered its first motorbike taxi service, Wednesday, launching a pilot scheme in Bangkok which could spread across Asia as it takes on chief regional rival Grab Taxi.

Motorbikes have long been a popular commuting option in the Thai capital, which has horrendous traffic jams due to increased car ownership and poor city planning.

Ubiquitous motorbike taxi drivers, found at stands across the city wearing bright orange jackets, weave in and out of stalled traffic with both skill and knuckle-whitening speed. Read more

Uber a helicopter ride

January 19, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

PARIS, 19 January 2016: European aircraft maker Airbus has said it is teaming up with global ridesharing service Uber to test plans for offering an on-demand helicopter service.

Airbus’ new Silicon Valley-based innovation centre “is collaborating with terrestrial mobility provider Uber on a market pilot to provide an on-demand transportation service”, it said in a statement Sunday.

It would offer on-demand rides on Airbus’ H125 and H130 helicopters, it said, without giving an indication of their likely price. Read more

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