A digital fare tale

ON A recent visit to Washington, DC, Babbage and a companion tried to hail a cab just after rush hour in pouring rain. Taxis would slow, drivers would ask if your correspondent was headed to Virginia (a lucrative run and the destination of many bureaucrats) and then promptly speed off on learning that he wasn’t. […]

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Cairo Cash for Clunkers Holly Krambeck’s picture

Vehicle scrapping and recycling programs are not new. In fact, last year, The Economist put together a neat comparison of subsidies provided for vehicle scrapping programs across the world. What is new, is how the Egyptians have organized their own national scheme. Rather than place the onus mostly or entirely on a government agency to […]

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Uber is a taxi company, says European Court of Justice

Uber’s future in Europe looks to be in doubt, following a landmark ruling by the European Court of Justice stating the company must be viewed as a taxi company and not a digital service. The ECJ came to the decision that ‘[connecting], by means of a smartphone application and for remuneration, non-professional drivers using their […]

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