Confirmed: Hailo sells 60% of company to Daimler as it merges with MyTaxi

Screen Shot 2016-07-26 at 10.00.04 Some more movement and consolidation is afoot in the on-demand transportation industry, specifically in Europe. Today, Hailo is announcing that it has sold 60% of its company to Mercedes-Benz owner Daimler, and Hailo will merge its and rebrand its operations under MyTaxi, another on-demand ride-sharing company that was acquired by Daimler subsidiary Moovel in 2014. The merged… Read More

Gett CEO claims his ride-share company is beating Uber in Europe

gett It is a very competitive landscape for on-demand rides. While Uber dominates the market in the U.S., Didi Chuxing is the leader in China. And in Europe, there is another player that is making headway. Gett, formerly known as GetTaxi, is the “number one on-demand mobility company operating in Europe,” according to CEO Shahar Waiser. TechCrunch sat down with him for a video interview… Read More

Moovit helps you catch ’em all in Pokemon Go

Public Transit + Pokemon Go Moovit wants to help you catch ’em all and catch the bus at the same time. It’s integrated with Pokemon Go to make it faster to catch a Grimer. (For the uninitiated, that’s a Pokemon creature, not a subway train.) If you’ve got the Moovit app or want to download it for iOS or Android, you can type in “PokeStops” in the app’s Trip Planner. This will… Read More

Tesla and Uber have more in common than you might think

WASHINGTON, USA - MARCH 16: Heavy traffic along Interstate 395 during the morning commute in Washington, USA on March 16, 2016. On Tuesday afternoon WMATA announced that it would suspend all of it's Metro Rail service for 29 hours starting at midnight in order to conduct emergency repairs to the system after multiple fires caused by faulty connections. On average 700,000 people use the Metro on any given work day to get to and from work and they had to scramble to find alternate ways to work. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) Elon Musk’s new master plan catapults Tesla into a new market; car-sharing. While the idea of Tesla car-sharing seems new, it is not the first time the company’s cars, coupled with autonomous technology, have come up in discussions about the sharing economy. Back in 2015, Steve Jurvetson, a partner at Uber investor DFJ, told an audience that Uber’s Travis Kalanick had… Read More

Trim personal finance bot raises $2.2 million to save you money

unnamed Ever wonder how much you spend each month on Uber? The newly released Trim chatbot will tell you in a text. Trim also helps you manage subscriptions, set up spending alerts and check your bank balance. But there is no app, only a bot that can be linked to SMS or Facebook. “Anything that you can do on your mobile banking app, you can do with trim with the exception of moving… Read More

Uber has completed 2 billion rides

uber-everywhere It took Uber six years to complete a billion rides around Christmas 2015. Now, just six months later, the company has announced that they have completed their two-billionth ride. Six months is 180 days, meaning the company was providing an average of 5.5 million rides a day, or 230,000 an hour to hit a billion rides in six months. Even crazier – instead of one person completing the… Read More

Amazon eyeing up London restaurant delivery launch

amazon-prime-now-app With Deliveroo and Uber currently battling it out on London’s streets to deliver food from local restaurants, a third player with deep pockets may be about to enter the fight. According to multiple sources within the tech and food industry, Amazon is eyeing up a launch for its Amazon Restaurants service in the U.K. capital city. Read More

Uber and Gilt are selling passes for unlimited uberPOOL rides in NYC

Business people carpooling in car Here’s a great deal: Uber and Gilt City are teaming up to offer a packages of unlimited uberPOOL rides in New York City. The deal is being called a “commute card” and can only be used Monday through Friday during commuting hours (7-10am and 5-8pm) in Manhattan. These are the same hours during which Uber offers $5 flat rate uberPOOL rides in NYC. As a refresher, uberPOOL… Read More