What`s new in the taxi world? Our bilingual update summarises the international news of the last days and hours. Since some of the links are in foreign languages, we recommend using a website translator.
Google + Uber: Signs of a marriage crisis? Although Google has invested hundreds of millions in Uber, it is now planning to set up its own ridesharing service. Uber, on the other hand, is working independently from Google on the development of autonomous vehicles. Are the two sleeping in separate beds?
Greek government to take taxis: Prime minister Tsipras and his cabinet are selling off its service car fleet. Instead of driving, the politicians will ride motorcycles – or take taxis!
Quote of the day
„The Cabinet do not need to be escorted in the ‘unnecessary and costly’ cars.“
Greece’s new prime minister
Roof advertising for London taxis: Metropolis Digital Media (MDM) has announced the launch of a British taxi advertising network for the first quarter. The company is initially limiting its activity to screens positioned on the roof in the city of London.
Istanbul’s first taxi trade fair: Taxiworld Turkey kicked off today in the city on the Bosphorus. The trade fair for passenger transport will continue until Sunday.
Read more: http://www.taxiworldturkey.com/en/index.html
News from Germany
“The bureaucracy is crazy.” A Munich-based taxi driver describes the changes resulting from the minimum wage, such as the enormous bureaucracy the new law has brought with it.
BVG app offers taxi hailing service: The new route planner and ticketing app of the Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) now offers the option of ordering a taxi for the rest of the journey. Taxi Berlin’s taxi hailing service has been integrated into the BVG service.
News from Austria
Lower prices thanks to fixed rates: Since there were no more taxis in a small district near Kitzbühel, an agreement was made with a Kitzbühel-based company.
News from Switzerland
Dynamic price adjustment: Uber has also been offering its services in Lausanne since 29 January. A newspaper took this as an opportunity to inform customers about the so-called ‘surge pricing’.