Women-Only Taxi Service Debuts in Paris

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/29/2017, 10:00 PM

Women have a new option for getting around Paris. A taxi service called Women Drive has debuted in the French capital. The business is staffed with female drivers and geared toward female passengers. The hope is that customers won't have to worry about "prying eyes or indelicate questions," as the Women Drive website puts it. The company also wants to provide job opportunities for women cabbies ...

More and More Business Travelers Using Uber Instead of Taxis

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/08/2016, 5:00 AM

An increasing number of business travelers are making the switch from taxis and rental cars to ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft, according to a report from Certify, a company that makes software for managing travel expenses.  Analyzing more than 10 million receipts for ground transportation from the third quarter of this year, Certify found that Uber and Lyft accounted for the majo...

Sleep in a Decommissioned NYC Taxicab for Only $39 Per Night

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/13/2016, 4:00 AM

(photo: FreeImages/Caroline Keyzor) Last week we told you about a hotel room in a converted double-decker bus from London.  Now the New York Times has found an Airbnb listing for a stay in a decommissioned New York City yellow cab.  Parked in the waterfront community of Long Island City in Queens, the taxi boasts excellent views of the Manhattan skyline and, at only $39 per ni...

London's Black Taxis Will All Soon Accept Credit Cards

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/01/2015, 4:30 AM

London's licensed cab drivers famously have a larger hippocampus (the part of the brain that's responsible for memory) than average folks. That's the result of two years of studying (on average) for the grueling test all must take, proving they have memorized the location and name of every street in the spaghetti-tangled landscape of London. But it seems they haven't been smart enough to c...

Hailo Shuts Down: How Taxi Drivers Sabotaged a Golden Opportunity and Handed Uber and Lyft the Keys

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/06/2014, 5:00 PM

Taxi, New York City, 2013   The cab-summoning app Hailo is dead.   Yesterday, it suspended operations in North America, opting to concentrate its business in Europe and Asia.   Media coverage has conflated the many e-hailing apps that enable travelers to call a car using their smartphones. Uber and Lyft, the two dominators, use a system of private cars, many unlice...

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