Indian ride-hailing firm Ola to launch in the UK

Indian ride-hailing firm Ola to launch in the UK

Indian ride-hailing firm Ola announced it plans to launch services in the United Kingdom in 2018, months after it expanded its operations in Australia, in an ongoing turf war with US rival Uber Technologies. Ola, backed by Japan’s Softbank Group, has obtained licences to begin operations in South Wales in September, as well as Greater […]

Uber Creates Double Decker Bus Dining Experience at SXSW

Uber Creates Double Decker Bus Dining Experience at SXSW

Uber, the taxi and food delivery app, has created a dining experience at the top of a double decker bus at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, to promote its Visa card. The activation worked with chef Nic Yanes to create a menu that reflects Austin’s neighbourhoods with flavours including Thai, Japanese, Chinese, Tex-Mex and […]

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

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

Sony Corporation has said 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 and forecast demand based on factors like weather, traffic and local events. Sony’s announcement came just before Uber chief executive officer Dara Khosrowshahi, who is currently […]

Didi Chuxing teams up with SoftBank for ride-hailing service in Japan

Didi Chuxing teams up with SoftBank for ride-hailing service in Japan

Chinese ride-hailing company Didi Chuxing has revealed plans to launch in Japan following a strategic partnership with Japanese tech giant SoftBank. Didi and SoftBank will use Didi’s AI technology to build ride-hailing platform services for the taxi industry in Japan and the joint venture will commence trials in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Fukuoka before the […]

Hyundai is investing in Grab, one of Uber’s biggest rival in Southeast Asia

Hyundai is investing in Grab, one of Uber’s biggest rival in Southeast Asia

Hyundai Motor has invested in Singapore-based ride-hailing firm Grab, on of Uber’s biggest ride-hailing rival in Southeast Asia, as the South Korean automaker looks to expand beyond its traditional business of producing and selling vehicles. Grab did not disclose the value of Hyundai’s investment. Hyundai joined other investors, including Didi Chuxing, SoftBank and Toyota Tsusho (Toyota’s […]

Uber Finalizes Deal to Sell Major Stake to SoftBank

Uber Finalizes Deal to Sell Major Stake to SoftBank

Uber recently completed a deal to sell a significant stake of itself to SoftBank, a Japanese conglomerate, paving the way for the ride-hailing company to make sweeping governance changes and to go public by 2019. Under the agreement, a consortium of investors led by SoftBank will buy at least 14 percent of Uber through a combination […]

Uber rolls out its in-app tipping feature to the UK

Uber rolls out its in-app tipping feature to the UK

Uber is bringing its in-app tipping feature to the UK, after rolling it out to the US as of the company’s 180 days of change. Tipping is a feature that has long been called for and drivers may now feel adequately rewarded for their service. Customers are given the option to tip their driver once the […]