car sharing

  • Uber and Toyota confirm strategic investment and auto leasing deal

    Uber and Toyota confirm strategic investment and auto leasing deal

    Rideshare wars just got even more interesting. Uber has confirmed a strategic investment and auto leasing deal from Toyota. “Toyota is a global leader in the automotive industry and Toyota vehicles are among the most popular cars on the Uber platform worldwide,” Uber said in a statement to TechCrunch. “We are proud to partner with Toyota in a variety of ways, including… Read More

  • Uber is testing a loyalty program that rewards riders with free trips

    Uber is testing a loyalty program that rewards riders with free trips

    Uber sent an email to LA riders yesterday announcing they are doing a temporary promotion that looks very much like a loyalty program. Each UberBLACK ride taken will give riders 200 points, and when they amass 3,000 total points they will be rewarded with a free $25 Uber ride. Essentially, the program is buy 15 get 1 free. While the company has tested “VIP” loyalty programs in… Read More

  • Uber confirms it’s testing self-driving cars in Pittsburgh

    Uber confirms it’s testing self-driving cars in Pittsburgh

    Uber has finally confirmed testing self-driving cars in Pittsburgh, PA, according to a report out of the Pittsburgh Tribune. Though we’ve known about Uber’s autonomous vehicle ambitions, especially considering the opening of its Pittsburgh-based Advanced Technology Center more than a year ago, this is the first time the company has publicly admitted testing these vehicles. In… Read More

  • Juno thinks it can beat Uber by playing nice

    Juno thinks it can beat Uber by playing nice

    Talmon Marco thinks he knows what it takes to beat Uber in the on-demand ride sharing business. The Israeli entrepreneur, known for co-founding messenger service Viber, is launching Juno in New York City “soon.” Marco spoke with our own Ingrid Lunden on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt, explaining that by giving the drivers half of the company’s equity, he believes it will… Read More

  • Uber appoints former EC VP Neelie Kroes to its public policy board

    Uber appoints former EC VP Neelie Kroes to its public policy board

    Taxi app Uber, which continues to battle regulatory clamp downs and legal confrontations in Europe, has appointed a former VP of the European Union’s executive arm, the European Commission, to its public policy advisory board as it looks to grease the gearbox of its regional fortunes. Read More

  • Data suggests Uber is trailing far behind rival Ola in India

    Data suggests Uber is trailing far behind rival Ola in India

    New data has suggested that Ola, the $5 billion valued taxi on-demand service, may be more than twice as large as Uber in India. Read More

  • Moovit transit app integrates with Uber

    Moovit transit app integrates with Uber

    The local transit app Moovit announced today that it will soon be integrated with the ride-sharing app Uber in 131 cities in 22 countries. This is kind of the chocolate and peanut butter of urban travel. Moovit uses official transit data plus crowdsourced data to give riders the best information about potential routes. Is the train running slow? Take the bus or find a bike sharing service. Is… Read More

  • Uber denies plans to kill surge pricing in the U.S.

    Uber denies plans to kill surge pricing in the U.S.

    Despite the headlines today, Uber says it does not have plans to nix surge pricing in the U.S. It did away with surge in Delhi, India, but has now reinstated the feature there as well. An earlier report from NPR claimed Uber would be doing away with surge, a feature on the Uber app that bumps prices up in a particular area when there’s high demand for rides. Surge pricing benefits drivers… Read More

  • Uber’s partnership with Alipay goes global

    Uber’s partnership with Alipay goes global

    Uber today expanded its partnership with Alipay, a Chinese payment app owned by Alibaba that boasts 450 million active users. The partnership will allow Chinese travelers to pay their Uber fares using Alipay in any of the 68 countries where Uber does business, and allow riders to hail Uber cars directly from the Alipay app. Uber China’s collaboration with Alipay has grown steadily over… Read More

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