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Japanese robo-tech firm plans Olympic driverless taxi rollout

A Japanese robotics firm hopes to launch self-driving taxis in Tokyo for the 2020 Olympics. Reuters reports that ZMP Inc plans to bolt its technology onto Tokyo cab firm Hinomaru Kotsu's fleet of 600 cars. The company has been testing driverless car tech in Tokyo since last year, according to the newswire. Recent trials have …
Gareth Corfield, 15 Jun 2017
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Uber: Please don't give our London drivers English tests. You can work out the reason why

Uber's lawyers in the UK have argued against rules requiring minicab drivers to pass an English literacy test – because many of its cheap cyber chauffeurs would fail. Last August, Transport for London (TfL) told all private-hire vehicle drivers not from a majority English-speaking country to take the reading and writing exam …
Iain Thomson, 1 Mar 2017
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Karhoo who? Uber challenger shuts down after burning through $250m

Uber rival Karhoo has confirmed it is pulling the plug on its taxi app following reports that it had burned through the best part of $250m in venture capital dosh. The company said in a statement posted on its website: It is with much regret that we have to announce that Karhoo has had to close its service and is now looking …
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Uber drivers entitled to UK minimum wage, London tribunal rules

Two Uber drivers who had taken the taxi app to an employment tribunal successfully argued that UK minimum wage laws apply to Uber's British drivers, as part of a larger ongoing case against the company. The Employment Tribunal judge, A M Snelson, found that Uber's UK drivers are performing "unmeasured work", as defined by …
Gareth Corfield, 28 Oct 2016

English Uber alles in London taxis? No way, TfL – taxi app titan

Uber is embroiled in another legal battle over Transport for London’s new rules, which will require all drivers to take a compulsory English test. The multi-billion pound taxi app company has faced bans and protests worldwide. Black cab drivers have taken part in protests bringing traffic to standstill many times, prompting …
Katyanna Quach, 17 Aug 2016
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Group rattles tin in bid to snatch TfL licence from Uber's paw

A group has launched a campaign to raise funds for a judicial review of TfL's decision to grant Uber a licence in 2012. Action for Cabbies was set up by Artemis Mercer, the wife of a London black cab driver, on the grounds that TfL went beyond its remit by granting the licence. She said the group had sought legal advice and …
Kat Hall, 18 Jan 2016
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Minicab-hailing app Uber is lawful – UK High Court

Uber's minicab-hailing app has been found lawful in the British High Court, following concerns over its alleged use as a taximeter, which is currently outlawed for private hire vehicles. The decision came after a request for clarity by UK local government body Transport for London (TfL), essentially asking the court rule on …
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Has the UK Uber crackdown begun? TfL opens consultation on private car biz

Transport for London (TfL) has today opened a public consultation on the regulations governing private-hire taxis, a move that could see a major clampdown on the way Uber operates. The proposals include stricter controls on insurance and tighter controls on private hire bookings, such as forcing operators to provide booking …
Kat Hall, 30 Sep 2015
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Brussels taxi union to disrupt the disruptors over Uber service

Brussels taxi drivers have threatened to bring the city to a standstill if the authorities don’t start arresting Uber drivers. In a vote on Thursday night the GTL taxi union gave the government until September 1 to haul the ride-share app drivers into jail or face Paris-style turmoil. In June, taxi drivers in the French …
Jennifer Baker, 21 Aug 2015
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Spanish judge dodges the ultimate question – is Uber a taxi company?

Uber will continue to ferry food around Barcelona but not people, as yet another court case involving the ride-sharing pseudo-taxi service is sent to the European Court of Justice. Last year, Spain banned the company following complaints from traditional taxi drivers. However, now a Barcelona judge has decided to let Europe’s …
Jennifer Baker, 22 Jul 2015
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Uber slapped with $7.3m fine for keeping quiet about driver accidents

A Californian judge has ruled that Uber, by refusing to disclose particular business practices to state regulators, is in breach of the conditions under which it is allowed to operate in the state. The international controversy-courting ride-hailing service received a hard spanking on its home turf when an administrative law …
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French Uber bosses talk to Le Plod over 'illicit activity' allegations

Two Uber bosses have been talking to police in France after being accused of engaging in "illicit activity". The men are reported to be Thibaud Simphal, the manager of Uber France, and Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty, the general manager for Western Europe. An Uber spokesman told The Register: "Two representatives of Uber today went …
Kat Hall, 29 Jun 2015

Man sues Uber for a BEEELLION dollars over alleged theft of concept

Uber is being sued by the founder of a small wireless business who claims Uber stole his idea for a ride-sharing app. Kevin Halpern, founder of a company called Celluride Wireless, is suing Uber and its CEO Trevor Kalanick, along with several other early investors in the company, accusing them of having misappropriated trade …
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Belgian minister set to legalise Uber

After Uber’s woes in France, the Netherlands, Germany and Spain, Belgium looks set to overturn its existing ban on the (taxi and/or tech) service and bring it within legal regulation. Brussels' mobility minister Pascal Smet has set out a plan to regularise the service, which is still technically illegal in Belgium despite the …
Jennifer Baker, 23 Apr 2015

Newly merged Chinese taxi-hailing app now valued at $9 BEEELLION

A coalition of US hedge funds, sovereign wealth funds, and the largest of China's technology companies have invested in a merger of the country's largest taxi-hailing apps, bringing the combined company's valuation up to almost $9bn. Didi Dache and Kuaidi Dache, China's leading taxi-hailing apps, announced their intention to …
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UberPop granted temporary reprieve in France

A French Court has declined to ban Uber's controversial UberPop app, bouncing the decision to the country's highest appeals court. The ruling provides a reprieve for Uber's lower cost app service, which effectively allows users to be ferried around without a professional licence. "The Paris Court of Appeal today gave a strong …
Kat Hall, 31 Mar 2015
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Cab for Callinicos! Uber's CFO moves on after just two years

Brent Callinicos is to step down as CFO of Uber after two years at the ride-sharing company in order to spend more time with his family. In an email published by the WSJ, CEO Travis Kalanick offered a laudatory eulogy dressed up as a HR memo for investors: "Almost two years ago, I brought on one of the great financial …
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Uber snaps up hip map startup

Uber, the "sharing economy" company which rose to infamy for being accused of profiteering during the Sydney siege, has bought data mapping and search startup deCarta. It is the first acquisition the controversial company has made since launching. Details of the deal were not disclosed. In a story that may or may not be true …
Kat Hall, 4 Mar 2015

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