The Mobility Report: № 20

Virginia Beach schools spent $332K on taxi transportation for homeless students so far this school year The city has considered using buses to transport homeless students, but not all displaced students live on regular bus routes. So for several years the division has worked with Hampton Roads Transportation Inc., which uses cabs to help solve the problem. – Link


The Uber Bombshell About to Drop If you’ve been following tech news over the last few weeks, you have probably seen several stories about Uber, all negative (bar this one about flying cars). The author suspects that what is coming next will prove to be a far bigger story than all of the other incidents so far. – Link


Some taxi drivers cut off from dispatch in fee dispute CTV Ottawa has learned about 60 drivers employed by Coventry Connections have stopped paying their roughly $500.00 a month dispatch fee in protest over rising costs and declining fares. A union representative says those drivers are in violation of their collective agreement and have been cut off from dispatch because they haven’t paid the fees. The drivers in this case, the representative says, all lease taxi plates from other drivers and owners. – Link


In a ride-hailing world, taxis are trying to stay relevant — and Pismo wants to help Some taxi drivers around the Central Coast are saying it is becoming more and more difficult to do business, especially when compared with their less-strictly-regulated ride-sharing counterparts. Hence the California based city Pismo Beach is looking into ways it could address the imbalance, either by lessening fees for taxi drivers or changing how they regulate the services. – Link


MyTaxi Expands in U.K. as Parent Daimler Plots Future of Cars The German cab-hailing company is to begin converting London users of its acquired Hailo app to the Hamburg-based company’s smartphone software, as the unit of Daimler AG begins its fightback against Uber in the U.K. capital. MyTaxi has already moved more than 17,000 drivers who previously used the Hailo system to the MyTaxi app and plans to start converting U.K. customers this week. – Link


Would YOU get in a self driving car? Three quarters of Americans say they would be too scared to While technology firms rush to put self driving cars on the roads, a new study has revealed one problem – people could be too scared to get in them. A new report from AAA found that three-quarters of Americans reported feeling afraid to ride in a self-driving car, while and only 10 percent said that they’d feel safer sharing the roads with driverless vehicles. – Link


Gogoro is dramatically expanding its electric scooter-sharing program in Berlin With the spring season kicking off, Gogoro is expanding the electric scooter-sharing service it launched in Berlin last August. The Taiwanese company will add 800 scooters to the network starting April 1st, bringing the total available number to 1,000. – Link


With The Right App, Shared Mobility Could Revive Public Transit Why take the bus, has been the threat, when you could summon a driverless car to your door? Some European countries are finding that more people use public transit if it’s combined with door-to-door service. And there’s an app for that. – Link

Anthony Barba

Anthony Barba

Anthony is the Mobility Report's editor. Originally from New York, he now lives with his family in Berlin. Mr. Barba's first car was a 1978 VW Scirocco.

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