Google is becoming a taxi competitor: With the traffic service Waze purchased two years ago, the search engine giant is planning to launch a carpooling project in Israel.
Uber defends itself against class action suit in the U.S.: As part of the dispute as to whether Uber drivers must be considered employees, the US company has now submitted a 52-page written defence to the court.
Quote of the day
“It is a threat to the interest of public traffic.”
A recent audit warns that Bremen taxis are becoming increasingly older and calls for a decrease in the number of taxi licences being granted.
Will the new Toyota Prius look like this? The first photos have appeared on the Internet.
News from Germany
Brutal offenders: The number of attacks on taxi drivers has again increased while the situation continues to worsen. Now a serial thief in Hannover apparently has a copycat, and a couple in Berlin stabbed a driver without warning.
Reminder: A higher limit on attachment of earnings is in force since 1 July. Here once again is the official announcement of the Ministry of Justice.
News from Austria
Women’s taxi in Vienna: Taxis for women can be hailed in Vienna starting in September. The virtual field test is already underway.
The new E-Class: Nearly autonomous: With the many security systems in the upcoming Mercedes E-Class, the autonomous vehicle is gradually getting closer to reality.
Our last words
Take a hint: Our editorial office was stunned at the biased report on Uber by a respected Swiss journalist. But if you read the report carefully, you will get a good idea of what customers expect from a well-functioning passenger transport service. It is time that the taxi industry finally gets with the programme.