Surprising No One, Uber Continues to Haemorrhage Cash

Beleaguered ride-sharing giant Uber continued to torch cash like an outdated Joker reference in Q3 2019, but it claims that the news is positive because parts of its business would technically be profitable if one looked past all the ways it’s losing money. Read More >>

First Full-Electric Black Cab Hits London Streets

An entirely electric black cab in an approximation of the traditional London vernacular has gone on sale, with any new entrants to the world of licensed urban taxi driving able to pick one of for just £47,995 when factoring in the full government EV grant break. Read More >>

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Uber-rival Bolt Goes Large in London

Uber hasn't had a great time of it in London recently, with Transport for London in September granting the taxi app a measly two-month licence to continue operating in the capital. So the company's probably not going to be best pleased that ride-hailing app Bolt has today introduced an XL category to cater for large families and bigger groups. Read More >>

Uber Wins Crappy Consolation Two-Month Contract for London Operation

The boring contractual wrangling between Uber and Transport for London is not going to end any time soon, as London's transport authority has agreed to hand the car-booking business a new licence to continue operating in the city – but it only lasts for two months, so another application will have to be started immediately. Read More >>

Uber to Stop Buying Hundreds of Thousands of Balloons Every Year

Things haven’t been going so hot for Uber, which is burning through billions of dollars a year with no fleet of driverless taxis in sight to stop it. Now, the party is really over: According to a report in Crunchbase News, Uber has decided to stop buying hundreds of thousands of dollars in celebratory balloons annually. Read More >>

Government Considers Compulsory CCTV and Criminal Checks for all Taxi Drivers

The Department for Transport is asking taxi drivers what they think. That won't go well. The idea is to find out what the car-workers of the nation think about possible changes to the licensing regime that covers taxis and private hire vehicles, with the plan including two Big New Ideas – background checks for all drivers and the possibility of CCTV within every vehicle. Read More >>

International Uber Rival Launches in South Wales

There's a new alternative to Uber up and running in some of the more densely urbanised valleys of South Wales, with Indian cab-hailing app Ola now launched in Cardiff, Newport and the Vale of Glamorgan. Read More >>

London Cabbies Plan £1bn Legal Attack on Uber

Sources close to the Licensed Taxi Drivers Association – London's black cab driver union – claim the organisation is getting ready to hit the big time by launching a legal case against Uber to the tune of more than £1bn if successful. Read More >>

Aston Martin Says/Pretends it’s Developing a Posh Flying Super-EV Drone

British luxury car brand Aston Martin would like the world to think it's branching out into electric drones, and has to that end released a pile of pretty looking renders of a thing it calls the Volante Vision Concept -- an electric drone that the unimaginably rich people of the 2020s might begin to imagine having at their disposal to get from Waitrose to Costa without having to steer around your Corsa. Read More >>

Rolls Royce Joins List of Companies Pretending Flying Taxis Will Ever Exist

We thought Rolls Royce, maker of very important and complicated real things that lives depend upon, would know better than this, but no. It has decided to generate a bit of publicity for itself by telling serious flight industry enthusiasts at the Farnborough Airshow that it is developing a system that'll be used in flying taxis by the early 2020s. You're more likely to see sausages flying home from the supermarket using bacon as wings. Read More >>

Uber Regains Temporary License to Operate in London After Promising to Stop Being Terrible

Ride-sharing giant Uber, which lost its license to operate in its millions-strong London market in September 2017 amid a Transport for London (TfL) ruling the company was “not fit and proper to hold a private operator license,” has won at least a temporary reprieve in its battle against UK regulators. Read More >>

Brighton Joins Attacks on Uber and Refuses Licence Renewal

Hammered men on stag dos may soon have to find a new way of ordering a taxi to scrape them back to the Travelodge, as Brighton council has joined the war on Uber by refusing to renew the minicab firm's licence. Read More >>

The Knowledge Is Power: Meet The Electric Taxi Hoping To Bring London’s Cabbies Charging Into The 21st Century

It’s well known that London has a pollution problem. After just one month of this year, the capital had already smashed pollution limits on several of its busiest roads. Without action, we’re at risk of finding ourselves on the fast train to Beijing-like conditions, calling at smog, 40,000 early deaths and carbon central. Read More >>

Uber Manages to Dodge Ban in Egypt Over Taxi Driver Lawsuit, for Now

Ride hailing service Uber and competitor Careem will not be banned in Egypt after a court overturned a judicial decision to pull the companies’ licenses, allowing both companies to continue operations there for the time being. Read More >>

Uber Is Reportedly Going to Sell Its Southeast Asian Division to Competitor Grab

Sources say Uber is considering bailing on its Southeast Asia division, with plans to sell it to regional competitor Grab, CNBC reported on Friday. Read More >>