London taxis more competitive with mandatory card payment: This was This was announced by Transport for London (TfL) last Friday..
Two British minicab apps merge: Minicabster has acquired a part of competitor Bounce. .
Uber remains in the headlines: For reasons, why we continue with our critical analysis of the U.S. company.
Reason 1: Taxi drivers in Paris still have to protest in the streets against UberPOP.
Reason 2: The company is struggling with data protection and has again been criticised in the U.S.
Reason 3: The company has received yet another million-dollar injection of capital.
Reason 4: With all that wealth, they can afford everything – even advertising directed at the target group they actually want to destroy.
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Quote of the day
“It is my great pleasure to inform you that second edition of Taxiworld Turkey is going to be held on 04-06 February 2016 in Istanbul.“
Uluhan Ceran, Sales Executive, hkf Trade Fairs A.S.
A quarter of a million electric vehicles sold: The Renault-Nissan Alliance can look back with pride on this result. The 250,000th electric car was a Nissan Leaf.
News from Germany
No contract for wheelchair transport: In the Rhein-Erft-Kreis district in Germany, disabled passengers must carry the cost of their own patient transport in wheelchair taxis starting 1 June. Health insurance companies and taxi companies were unable to come to an agreement on a higher compensation.
No new licences: The city of Ludwigshafen does not have to grant any new taxi licences. One applicant’s complaint was rejected.
Just around the corner: Ford is gradually getting closer to an autonomous vehicle. The next S-Max will be just around the corner as of this autumn.
Our last words
Japanese taxi Tetris: in a time lapse recording Japanese taxis look like a well-played game of Tetris as they move up along the queue. Too bad it usually takes longer to get to the front in real time.
About this update: Our bilingual ‘update’ summarises the international news of the last days and hours. As some of the links are in foreign languages, we recommend using a website translator.