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Sony Corp. to launch an AI-based taxi-hailing service in Japan

Sony Corporation said today that it will build an AI-based ride-hailing system in Japan in partnership with five taxi companies. The service will use artificial intelligence to manage taxi dispatches

The new Japan Taxi from Toyota wants to be an international icon

Japan’s getting an iconic new taxi courtesy of Toyota . The new, aptly named ‘Japan Taxi’ (or Jpn Taxi for conveniently fitting on a rooftop sign) is already on roads, and bears a slight resembl

Citymapper ties with Gett to launch shared taxi commuter route in London

Urban transport navigator app Citymapper has announced a tie-up with Gett's UK black cab hailing app to run two commuter lines of shared taxis in London, morning and evenings, between Highbury in Nor

Daimler close to buying Taxibeat in Greece for around $43M

Automakers are continuing to ramp up their holdings in the world of on-demand transportation services, and in the latest development, Germany’s Daimler is closing in on a deal to acquire Taxibe

New regulations could limit Didi’s taxi on-demand service in China’s top cities

There's trouble in China for ride-sharing services after authorities in Beijing and Shanghai instituted new regulations that forbid people not officially registered as living in either city from worki

Enemies no longer, Uber strikes partnership with Indonesia’s second largest taxi firm

Uber is the scourge of taxi drivers worldwide, but sometimes the two can pull in the same direction. Like in Indonesia today, for example, where Uber inked a partnership with the country's second larg

China’s Didi partners with car rental giant Avis ahead of planned global expansion

China's Didi Chuxing revealed last month that it plans to expand into global markets, and today we got the first hint of what that might look like after the Uber rival announced a tie-in with U.S. car

MIT spinout NuTonomy just beat Uber to launch the world’s first self-driving taxi

Uber has taken the plaudits for its audacious plans to deploy driverless cars as soon as this month, but the U.S. giant has been beaten to the punch for actually introducing autonomous vehicles by a f

Uber rival Grab is raising at $2.3B valuation, reportedly burning $35M a month

Grab, the company that rivals Uber in Southeast Asia, is in negotiations to close a new round of funding that could value it as high as $2.3 billion, multiple sources close to talks told TechCrunch. G

NYC Taxis are still giving twice as many rides as Uber

After last summer’s vicious fight between Uber and the City of New York there hasn’t been much talk about the state of ridesharing in the Big Apple. But today a research report from Morgan

BlackRock is the latest Uber investor to back its fierce Chinese rival Didi Chuxing

China Life, Asia's largest insurance firm, isn't the only Uber investor to double dip and put money into its Chinese rival Didi via its blockbuster $7.2 billion round announced this week. New York-bas

Following Anti-Uber Protest, French Government Announces Yet Another Law

French taxi drivers were angry <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2015/06/25/french-anti-uber-protest-turns-to-guerrilla-warfare-as-cabbies-burn-cars-attack-uber-drivers/">once again</a>. Earlier to

Why Seattle’s Ridesharing And Taxi Unionization Measure Misses The Mark

The Seattle City Council recently passed a first-in-nation local ordinance that seeks to allow ridesharing and taxi drivers to unionize and collectively bargain. The city is trying to solve a problem

SoftBank Emerges As The Biggest Challenger To Uber

If you live in the U.S., the chances are that your definition of the biggest rival to Uber is Lyft. The ride-sharing service operates in many of the same U.S. cities as Uber, and the two have a keen r

With Uber In Its Rear-View Mirror, Ola Is Racing To Cover 200 Cities In India This Year

Last year saw India's taxi-hailing app war heat up after landed in the country, and the stakes were raised higher still when SoftBank invested in top domestic player Ola. With the competition set to o

Line Launches A Taxi Booking Service In Japan Because Chat Apps Have Become Platforms

Top chat app Line has just launched its own taxi service in Japan, rivaling those from Uber and Hailo.

SoftBank Invests $250M In GrabTaxi, Uber’s Archrival In Southeast Asia

SoftBank is at it again. Not content with leading a $627 million mega-round for Snapdeal and a $210 million raise for Ola as part of a $10 billion commitment to startups in India, it has now turned it

Uber’s Larger Vehicle Service — UberXL — Hits The Road In London And Manchester

Uber is beefing up its presence in the UK, quite literally, today, after it introduced UberXL -- its large-seater car service -- in London and Manchester. The service allows Uber customers to summo

Zap Puts Ads On Top Of Taxi Cabs As They Scoot Around Town

Unlike startups Zoom, Pow, Zing, and Schwongooza, Turkish startup Zap is trying to disrupt the on-taxi advertising market. By placing bright LED signs on the top of standard cabs, the company aims to

Hailo To Close North American Operations, Toronto Wing Looking To Continue Under License

The e-hail business in North America just got a little less crowded – London-based Hailo will close its operations in North America, citing increasing price pressure from the leading incumbents, Ube
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