British firm Addison Lee plans self-driving London taxis for 2021 launch

24 Oct
Frazer-Nash Metrocab London taxiThe iconic London cab could soon lose its most iconic feature: the cabbie. British firm Addison Lee announced Monday that it plans to introduce self-driving taxis in the English capital by 2021 according to Bloomberg. The company, which has about 5,000 taxis currently in service in London, signed a strategic partnership with software firm...

Sony to enter taxi-hailing app business

23 Feb
Toyota Crown taxi in JapanSony is using its considerable technological weight to get into the mobility app game in Japan. However, in a country where Uber and Lyft are not widely used and taxis are readily available and affordable in urban centers, the software will use AI to predict the movements of cab fleets. As reported by The Nikkei Asian Review, Sony is partnering...

NYC hopes congestion fee won’t get stuck in legislative gridlock

30 Jan
Hybrid New York Taxi by Flickr user Yodel AnecdotalNew York Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed a so-called congestion charge in an attempt to combat New York City—and specifically Manhattan—traffic jams. If implemented, drivers would face fees of $11.52 to enter the most traffic-prone areas of Manhattan, and trucks would see a daily fee of $25.34. The Manhattan charge, which would be...

Florida retirees to participate in largest self-driving car test yet

20 Jan
Second-generation Ford Fusion Hybrid automated driving research vehicleDel Boca Vista may be a fictional community for retired Cadillac drivers like Morty Seinfeld, but one company is set to feature a real-world Del Boca Vista—a retirement community near Orlando—as the setting for the world’s largest self-driving car test. Voyage, a Florida-based startup focused on robo-taxi services, will offer...

Uber’s Chinese rival just raised $4 billion

23 Dec
Didi Chuxing's Mountain View, CA LaboratoryAs turbulent as 2017 was for Uber, 2018 looks set to start off even worse for the maligned company, as China’s Didi Chuxing says it raised over $4 billion from SoftBank Group in yet another round of funding. The large injection of cash makes Didi the world’s second-largest startup, with a valuation of $56 billion, and over $12 billion...

Uber’s wild ride gives Lyft a lift

5 Dec
Uber logoTo put it mildly, Uber has had a tumultuous year. The company’s highs, which include knocking off the ubiquitous yellow taxi as the most used ride service in New York, have been tempered by scandal after scandal, ultimately leading its CEO, Travis Kalanick, to resign over the summer. Now comes the insult to the company’s financial...

Waymo’s self-driving fleet crosses 4-million mile barrier

29 Nov
Waymo self-driving prototypeAs Google spinoff Waymo continues its march toward fully self-driving cars, it has reached a significant milepost: four million self-driven miles. On public roads. While that number is impressive—it would take one person three centuries of driving over 13,000 miles annually to match—the distance covered doesn’t tell the whole...

Uber agrees to buy 24,000 Volvo SUVs in its march toward self-driving vehicles

21 Nov
Uber self-driving prototype in San FranciscoUber will purchase up to 24,000 Volvo XC90 SUVs between 2019 and 2021, the ride-sharing company announced Monday. According to Volvo, the vehicles are an “autonomous driving-compatible base.” As the name suggests, they constitute the next step for Uber as the rideshare company looks for ways to implement the self-driving technologies...

Lift opens Big Apple office in bid for larger slice of ride-share pie

13 Nov
Lyft car with trademark pink mustache (via Wikimedia) New York is already one of the most hotly-contested rideshare markets, with Uber surging ahead of the city’s famed Yellow Cabs and Lyft registering gains on both, in terms of rides hailed. Now, Lyft is folding the battle for the Big Apple into its overarching strategy, amplifying its East Coast efforts in a move it considers vital to...

Toyota hopes its new Japanese taxi becomes an icon

25 Oct
Toyota's new Japanese taxi cabAs if Japan's fleet of Toyota Crown and Nissan Cedric taxi cabs wasn't enough of a cultural identifier—they boast doily seats and an automatic rear passenger door—Toyota thinks it can build an even better cab. Not just better, but one that will carry people from all over the world for the 2020 Olympic games and inspire new "Japan...