Late last week, two Silicon Valley powers got into an online scrum over a technology that is neither developing nor likely to take off anytime soon. On his grand tour of Asia, Uber Chief Executive Officer Dara Khosrowshahi won headlines by predicting that private air taxis – flying cars &n...
POSTED 27 Feb, 2018 1 Comment
Bell Helicopter, which has tied up with Uber to revolutionize mass transportation, expects to bring the first air-taxis under the partnership by the middle of next decade. “Air taxi is the next way for our industry, and it’s very important for us to make sure we are among the disrupt...
POSTED 6 Feb, 2018 2 Comments
European ride-sharing service Taxify is now up and running in Sydney and Melbourne, with Brisbane soon to follow. While Taxify’s name makes you think it’s an app for hailing a cab, it’s based on the same ride-sharing concept as Uber X – and Taxify is well aware that it&rs...
POSTED 25 Jan, 2018 17 Comments
Uber users will no longer earn Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) loyalty points on their trips from December 17 2017 as the ride-sharing app and Marriott-backed hotel chain end their mutual points tie-up. Under the current scheme, riders can earn 0.5 SPG Starpoints per US$1 (A$1.30) spent with Uber...
POSTED 27 Oct, 2017 1 Comment
Uber’s license to operate in London was revoked overnight, a surprise decision that will affect the 3.5 million people and 40,000 drivers who use the app in the city. The city’s transportation regulator, Transport for London, said the license will expire on September 30. Regulators ...
POSTED 22 Sep, 2017 11 Comments
Melbourne Airport is set to open dedicated UberX pick-up zones at its domestic and international terminals – but drivers will pay to use them, and pass that cost onto passengers. The airport will levy an 'airport access charge' of $4 per trip, beginning tomorrow when the waiting and pick-u...
POSTED 15 Aug, 2017 9 Comments
American Express cardholders can enjoy two free Uber rides – each valued at up to US$65 (A$88) – from many major airports in the United States until the end of December. Included on that list is New York (JFK, LaGuardia and Newark), Chicago (O’Hare and Midway), Seattle (Sea-Tac...
POSTED 18 Nov, 2016 7 Comments
Uber in China is now closed to foreign visitors, with business travellers and tourists alike unable to order rides in any Chinese city, including major destinations such as Beijing and Shanghai. When selecting a Chinese pick-up address in the normal Uber app, foreigners are simply logged off &nd...
POSTED 2 Nov, 2016 4 Comments
Uber passengers in selected areas of Sydney, Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane can now pre-book their ride rather than gamble on a car being nearby and available when they need it. It’s a feature which will definitely be handy for those 5am trips to the airport! The ‘scheduled rides&rsq...
POSTED 15 Sep, 2016 6 Comments
Travellers arriving into Sydney Airport's domestic terminals will have to dig a little deeper when it comes to paying for an UberX ride to the office or home. A new Priority Pick-up area, now open near the T2 and T3 terminals, will see ride-share drivers from the likes of UberX and Go Car paying...
POSTED 13 Sep, 2016 6 Comments
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