New technologies and service models could revolutionise Britain's creaking, privatised bus networks.
Over US$33 billion was invested in mobility tech last year in response to claims it will transform our lives. Based on what we have seen so far, which of these promised solutions will be delivered?
Your location isn’t all it knows.
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Uber's IPO will value the company at more than $80 billion, yet the data it collects on its users may be worth even more – and creates the potential for dangerous manipulation.
Uber drivers live by the app.
One of Uber's selling points is that a driver is always available to pick up a rider within minutes. But the drivers who make this possible aren't being compensated for the time they spend waiting.
The Bell Nexus is a full-scale vertical-takeoff-and-landing air taxi vehicle, powered by a hybrid-electric propulsion system.
CASA says we could have flying taxis operating in Australia within five years. But there are a few hurdles to clear before we see ride sharing happening in the air rather than on the ground.
Urgent and radical change in urban transport policies and practices will benefit the planet and future generations.
To cut emissions within the 12 years or so we have left to avoid disastrous global warming, we will need to change our old transport habits, using a combination of strategies to achieve this.
Friend or foe?
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In many US cities, ride-hailing apps are luring riders away from public transit and increasing traffic congestion. But with the right rules, they could enhance public transit instead.
Younger Americans tend to be comfortable relying on ride services and foregoing car ownership.
Using ride-hailing services full-time would mean avoiding the hassles of owning a car. But it could cost less, too – depending on how you value your time otherwise spent behind the wheel.
How the ride-sharing company responds to a licence refusal in the UK capital will show if its culture has genuinely changed.
Uber is changing the way it calculatess fares.
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Charging consumers different prices for the same service is actually a very common practice called "price discrimination".
Uber has caused waves across the globe and is facing some challenges.
Global ride sharing app Uber, is experiencing different development trajectories in its two major African markets, Kenya and South Africa.
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Cab drivers have long discriminated against African-Americans and other minority groups. New research suggests ride-hailing apps haven't solved the problem.
He’s certainly thinking big….
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The technological goals are lofty. But fitting the new tech into the social and political landscape might pose the bigger challenge.
Uber may open cities from taxi oligopolies, but ultimately it closes them off to the possibility of more meaningful alternatives.
Uber actively encloses what could be a more open city in which riders and drivers work to benefit city residents.
Uber chief Travis Kalanick has agreed the company will create and fund a driver’s association as part of a recent class action settlement.
Uber's move to establish a drivers association is akin to the 'yellow unions' of the 1930s.
Taxi drivers in Jakarta staged a strike over operations of app-based transportation service Uber.
The Indonesian government recently announced it would start to regulate app-based ride-sharing services such as Uber, Grab Taxi and Gojek.
Detractors of Airbnb hold protest signs in a rally in New York.
Moves to legalise Uber and Airbnb are paving the way for better protection of all parties involved.
The road ahead could be gloomy for some in the sharing economy.
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There are few markets that have easier entry and exit than those in the sharing economy.
Taxis block the streets of the Melbourne CBD during a rally against ride-sharing service UberX.
Whatever happens to Uber's legal status in Australia, it's likely consumers will be the eventual winners.
New technology such as Bitcoin provides a 21st challenge for government regulators.
Australia’s new prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has announced what he calls a “21st-century government”. The Conversation continues its series focusing on what such a government should look like, looking…