What`s new in the taxi world? Our bilingual ‘Update’ summarizes the news of the last days and hours. We recommend using a website-translator because some links can be in foreign languages.
Message of the day
Uber wants to dig dirt on opponents and journalists: A senior official of the US chauffeur service spoke of a plan to hire four specialists for spying on enemies and four journalists for a million dollars. After a wave of outrage they have denied such plans in the meantime.
Despite the denials and apologies: The media have now zeroed in on Uber. A female journalist recommends women to delete the app and the Guardian asks whether Uber is the worst of all companies in Silicon Valley.
Taxi Berlin and Munich IsarFunk work closely together: Hermann Waldner, CEO of Taxi-Zentrum Berlin with 5,700 affiliated taxis taxis will join the Munich headquarters IsarFunk from January,1 as managing director. With this commitment in Munich synergies will be created in the currently very turbulent taxi-industry and these will be used to strengthen both radio circuits.
Quote of the day
„This way we can only issue a damning indictment of the mayor and his entourage The Jena SPD stands true to the principle: „Have your cake and eat it.“
From the press release of the National Association of the Transport Industry Thuringia eV after talks on an increase in taxi fares in Jena broke down.
Meters mandatory in Saudi Arabia: The Saudi Ministry of Transport’s plans to make meters mandatory in cabs by February 2015. Easy Taxi began installing meters on November, 9.
International taxi app network in the press: The launch of a common interface between various global taxi apps under the umbrella of the IRU Taxi section was processed in Germany by the news agency DPA into a message that was then taken up by several prominent newspapers.
It has also been reported abroad, for example in the Neue Zürcher Zeitung and in transportweekly.
Website on your smartphone: Only 6% of small businesses have a website that is displayed free of errors on smartphones. This is the result of a study in the UK and USA. A statistic from Germany shows how intensely smartphones are now used.
E-Taxi premieres: In more and more cities the first e-taxis are being introduced. Recent examples come from Blackpool and Berlin. In Blackpool the taxi operators are fighting for the approval for the installation of quick charging stations in parking garages, in Berlin the leasing rates for a VW Golf are being taken care of by a company for the aerospace industry.