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How Cabbies Are Morphing Into Hybrid Taxi-Ridesharing Firms

Taxi companies across the U.S. waged a bitter, high-profile battle to keep Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. from bringing the sharing economy to cabs. They lost. Now the cabbies are adopting a if-you-can’t-beat-them, join-them-strategy. Pittsburgh Yellow Cab, for example, …

Commentary: Florida’s New Ridesharing Law Could Set Up Coverage Disputes

As the Sunshine State continues to attract millions of visitors each year who share clogged highways with commuters traveling throughout its ever-evolving metropolitan hub, it is no surprise that Florida has embraced ridesharing as one of the natural progressions of …

Uber: Giving UK Drivers Workers’ Rights Would Cost Millions of Pounds

Uber said on Tuesday that paying National Insurance contributions for its British drivers would add tens of millions of pounds to the taxi app’s costs were they to be deemed employees. Uber currently classifies its around 50,000 drivers in Britain …

Uber Drivers Will Need Licenses, Insurance in Australia’s Queensland

Ride-booking operators and drivers, such as those from Uber Technologies Inc., will need licenses to offer their services in the Australian state of Queensland under new regulations announced Sunday in Brisbane. The eligibility tests for drivers and booking entities will …

Fake Uber Driver in Illinois Accused Of Picking Up and Raping Women

Additional charges have been filed against a suburban Chicago man accused of posing as an Uber driver who picked up women outside bars and raping them. Musaab Afandi of Glenview appeared at a bond hearing Wednesday after DNA testing linked …

Dubai Stages First Public Test of Drone Taxi Service with Electric Volocopter

Talk about rising above the masses. Dubai staged the first public test of its drone taxi service on Monday, offering a peek at what it might—or will—be like to commute by flying car. The self-piloting, electric Volocopter is less noisy …

Uber CEO Apologizes to Londoners for Taxi App’s Mistakes

Uber’s new boss Dara Khosrowshahi apologized to Londoners for the taxi app’s mistakes and pledged to make changes as the Silicon Valley firm tries to overturn a decision to strip it of its license in one of its major markets. …

London Decides to Strip Uber of Its License; Uber Will Appeal

London stripped Uber on Friday of its license to operate from the end of September in a huge blow to the taxi app that will affect more than 40,000 drivers in one of the world’s biggest cities. Regulator Transport for …

Court Blocks Seattle Law Enabling Rideshare Drivers to Unionize

A federal appeals court has temporarily blocked Seattle’s first-in-the-nation law allowing drivers of ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft to unionize over pay and working conditions. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said it …

Toyota Makes Strategic Investment in Grab, SE Asia’s Leading Ride-Sharing Firm

Toyota Motor Corp. is pushing deeper into the ride-sharing business. The Japanese carmaker is making a strategic investment in Grab, Southeast Asia’s leading ride-hailing operator, and said it will work with the company to provide services in Southeast Asia. Toyota …