Uber

Uber has confidentially filed for an IPO over the weekend, after its rival Lyft also filed late last week. According to the Wall Street Journal, both companies filed their S-1 paperwork to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) with their shares to go public early next year.  The two companies

China’s answer to Uber, DiDi has launched a roaming service in Australia allowing for its Greater China App users to use the Express app when travelling in Australia. The ridesharing company said this could potentially create thousands of new rideshare customers per day for its driver-partners in Melbourne and Geelong.

Taxi and Hire Car Drivers in Victoria are preparing to sue Uber for hundreds of millions of dollars in lost earnings. It will be alleged Uber operated illegally when they launched in Victoria without legal approval in the state, according to the Australian Associated Press. Sign up for Which-50’s Irregular

Amazon today announced it is increasing the minimum wage of its 350,000 full and part time US workers to $US15 per hour, following increased pressure over the treatment of its lowest paid workers. Meanwhile, research released today reveals American Uber drivers are being paid less than $US10 per hour –

Digital is disrupting the auto industry on multiple fronts. Smart factories are upending manufacturing processes, ecommerce is changing the way cars are sold, ride sharing is inspiring new business models and emerging automotive technologies such as electrification and autonomy are making their way into mass produced vehicles. To survive in

Taxify is adding dockless electric scooters to its ridesharing app and will explore launching the service in Australia in the coming months.  It would be the first on-demand transport app in Australia to launch scooter sharing and ride hailing in one app. Rival Uber has a bike sharing option, JUMP which

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The business world loves easy answers, but the secret to success is often shrouded in nuance. Take the current trend in customer experience (CX): Effortless and frictionless experiences. In a world of “unexpectedly high call volumes,” complicated return policies, and mobile apps that make us want to hurl our phones,

Didi ridesharing

Australians in need of personal transport other than taxis have many options – Shofer, Taxify, GoCatch, Shebah and Uber. India’s Ola launched a few months ago, and Chinese DiDi starts today. DiDi is no bit player. The company transports 450 million clients through 25 million rides a day. This is

Uber self driving car

The US National Transportation Safety Board has released a damning preliminary report on the fatal crash in March between a cyclist and a driverless vehicle operated by Uber. The report does not attempt to determine “probable cause”. Nevertheless, it lists a number of questionable design decisions that appear to have

Uber’s self-driving vehicle which struck and killed a pedestrian in Arizona earlier this year had detected the woman prior to the crash, but the car’s emergency braking system had been disabled. In March, the modified 2017 Volvo XC90, which was operating in autonomous mode with a driver behind the wheel,