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German transport minister wants to welcome Uber, others by 2021

BERLIN: Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer wants to open the German market to car pooling services offered by Uber and other companies by 2021, Focus magazine reported Saturday. Scheuer told Focus in an interview that online taxi services and pooling services could help provide critical services in rural areas, and he wanted to change existing regulations to permit their operation. “We can create new possibilities, especially in rural areas and for older people, with car services and pooling systems,” said Scheuer, a…

Uber aims to go all-electric in London in 2025

LONDON: Uber plans for every car on its taxi app in London to be fully electric in 2025 and will add a clean air fee to each trip from early next year, its boss told reporters in the British capital city on Tuesday. Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi also said the firm would wait for answers about the incident before deciding how that might affect Saudi Arabian investment in a stock market flotation. After reports that Uber was looking into acquiring British food courier Deliveroo, Khosrowshahi said the firm was very…

‘No more comfort rides’: Sindh decides to ban online cab services

KARACHI: The Government of Sindh has decided to stop online cab services from operations across the province, said Provincial Minister for Transport Awais Shah. In a meeting with transport department officials, Mr Shah said such online cab services had not taken permission from the Sindh government. “We are going to write a letter to cab services to cease their operations forthwith, the minister was quoted as saying during the meeting.” He said the provincial government had a meeting with cab service…

Man jailed for beating wife in WhatsApp video call to Pakistani relatives

LONDON: A man has been imprisoned after he livestreamed himself beating his wife and hitting her with a shoe while saying ‘I’m going to kill her today’ in a WhatsApp video call to relatives in Pakistan. Rahman Ullah, 38, according to Daily Mail, is an Uber driver. The report says the man hit his wife, 34, with the heel of his shoe until she was left with two black eyes in the video streamed to relatives in Pakistan. He held on to a kitchen knife throughout the attack and mimicked stabbing her with it during the brutal…

Uber to pay $148 million to settle data breach cover-up

SAN FRANCISCO: Uber Technologies Inc will pay $148 million for failing to disclose a massive data breach in 2016, marking a costly resolution to one of the biggest embarrassments and legal tangles the ride-hailing company has suffered. The settlement with 50 U.S. states and Washington, D.C. brings closure to one of several high-stakes legal battles Uber is seeking to resolve before an initial public offering next year, while also delivering a national rebuke against Uber’s history of flouting laws and basic business…

Uber settles for $148 million with 50 US states over 2016 data breach

SAN FRANCISCO: Uber Technologies has settled with the top legal officers in all 50 US states over a massive data breach that the company failed to disclose in 2016, resolving one of the more catastrophic embarrassments that have engulfed the ride-hailing company over the last couple of years. State attorneys general said on Wednesday that Uber will pay a fine of $148 million, to be distributed in varying amounts across the states and Washington, D.C.. The settlement follows a 10-month investigation into a data breach…

Uber in talks to buy Dubai riding-hailing rival Careem

Ride-hailing company Uber is in talks to buy Dubai-based rival Careem for about $2 billion to $2.5 billion, Bloomberg reported here on Monday, citing people familiar with the matter. No final decisions have been made, and the companies may decide against the transaction, according to Bloomberg. Uber and Careem held preliminary talks in July to combine their Middle Eastern ride-hailing services, hoping to resolve a costly rivalry in the region, Bloomberg had previously reported. Both Careem and Uber did not…

Toyota to invest about $500 million in Uber for driverless cars

WASHINGTON: Toyota Motor Corp will invest $500 million in Uber Technologies to jointly work on developing self-driving cars, the companies said on Monday, a bid by both to catch up to rivals in the hotly competitive autonomous driving business. Toyota, one of the world’s largest carmakers, and Uber, the leading ride-hailing service, are widely seen as lagging the competition in developing self-driving cars. Their deal deepens an existing relationship and reflects CEO Dara Khosrowshahi’s strategy of Uber developing…

Uber to pay 56 employees a total of $1.9 million for harassment claims

SAN FRANSISCO: Uber is nearing a final settlement regarding numerous sexual harassment and discrimination claims. Bloomberg reports today that 56 current and former employees who filed claims of sexual harassment will split $1.9 million, receiving just under $34,000 each on average. Additionally, members of a class action suit who claimed the company discriminated against women and people of color, will each receive nearly $11,000 apiece on average as part of a $10 million settlement. The discrimination suit was…

India’s Ola to launch in Britain as Uber rivalry heats up

NEW DELHI: Indian ride-hailing firm Ola said on Tuesday it plans to launch services in Britain this year, months after expanding operations in Australia, intensifying its rivalry with U.S. peer Uber Technologies Inc . Ola has obtained licenses to begin operations in South Wales in September, as well as Greater Manchester, and plans to expand nationwide by the end of the year, it said in a statement. The firm will offer private vehicles for hire as well as Britain’s famous black cabs on its platform, and will add more…