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Uber UK unveils swathe of new safety measures to avoid London ban

Uber UK unveils swathe of new safety measures to avoid London ban

By Rik Henderson

Uber has published a mighty list of changes in its safety measures in the UK, in the hope of avoiding operating bans in London and other British regions.Many of the new practices directly address concerns cited by Transport for London and other regulators... Read more

Uber CEO and TfL have "constructive meeting" in steps to avoid London ban

Uber CEO and TfL have "constructive meeting" in steps to avoid London ban

By Rik Henderson

Last week, regulatory body Transport for London revealed that Uber has been refused a renewed licence to operate in the UK's capital.The app-based taxi firm will not be able to pick up passengers in the city beyond the expiry of its current licence. That... Read more

Gett taxi app takes cheeky swipe at Uber London ban, gives you £15 off with this code

Gett taxi app takes cheeky swipe at Uber London ban, gives you £15 off with this code

By Rik Henderson

After Uber was deemed not "fit and proper" to hold a London private hire licence, rendering it unable to operate in the capital if an appeal is unsuccessful, black cab ordering app company Gett aims to capitalise with a clever and cheeky campaign.As well... Read more

Best taxi apps: Uber alternatives to get you a cab in London

Best taxi apps: Uber alternatives to get you a cab in London

By Max Langridge

Following the news that Transport for London will not renew Uber's license after 30 September, many Londoners will be wondering what other ways there are to get around the capital.There is of course the famous London Black Cab, but many customers want... Read more

Does Lyft operate in London? Uber ban has passengers panicked

Does Lyft operate in London? Uber ban has passengers panicked

By Rik Henderson

With Transport for London's refusal to reissue a private hire licence for Uber in London, panicked customers are seeking alternatives already.Uber will continue to operate until at least Friday 13 October, when the its appeal to the licence withdrawal... Read more

Uber wants its entire vehicle fleet in London to be all-electric by 2025

Uber wants its entire vehicle fleet in London to be all-electric by 2025

By Elyse Betters

Uber's cheapest, most popular UberX tier will soon be either fully-electric or hybrid.With "500-year" hurricanes happening all the time now, it seems like everyone should be talking about climate change and the role we play as a fossil fuel-dependent... Read more

Uber will now let you tip your driver for good service

Uber will now let you tip your driver for good service

By Max Langridge

Following a rollout in the US, and complaints from some UK-based drivers, Uber is adding in-app tipping to the ride-hailing service in the UK. The new feature will go live from tomorrow, 15 August. What is Uber and how does it work? While it won't be... Read more

Forget your phone in an Uber? Now you have to pay up to get it back

Forget your phone in an Uber? Now you have to pay up to get it back

By Elyse Betters

Uber just can't get anything right lately.It's been embroiled in controversy this past year - thanks to scathing allegations of sexism and aggressive workplace culture inside the company, a bitter legal fight with investor Google, the leaking of its controversial... Read more

Uber will now let you request rides for any of your contacts

Uber will now let you request rides for any of your contacts

By Max Langridge

Uber has now made it possible for you to request a ride from your smartphone, but for someone else in your phone book. To request a ride for somebody else, you need to set the pick up location away from where you happen to be. What is Uber and how does... Read more

McDonald's delivery is here, thanks to a partnership with UberEats

McDonald's delivery is here, thanks to a partnership with UberEats

By Max Langridge

Yes, you read that headline correctly, after 43 years of sticking its ground and not offering a takeaway service, fast food mega-chain McDonald's has teamed up with UberEats to offer takeaway Big Macs, Chicken McNuggets and McFlurrys. Don't fancy cooking?... Read more

Uber plans to demo its fleet of electric flying cabs in 2020

Uber plans to demo its fleet of electric flying cabs in 2020

By Elyse Betters

Uber is developing electric flying cabs - and a network for them.While at its "Elevate" summit, Uber revealed plans for a "vertical take-off and landing" (VTOL) vehicle. Uber sees these so-called flying cars as the future. Uber said it'll demonstrate... Read more

Uber iPhone app close to being removed by Apple

Uber iPhone app close to being removed by Apple

By Rik Henderson

Uber was on the brink on being barred by Apple and removed from the iOS app store. In 2105, it was discovered to be flouting Apple rules and guidelines, leading to a make-or-break meeting between company CEO Travis Kalanick and Apple boss Tim Cook.The... Read more

Uber Beacon makes it easier to identify your cab at night

Uber Beacon makes it easier to identify your cab at night

By Max Langridge

Uber has been saviour to many on nights out. You've either missed your last train or fancy the comfort of your own cab. Simply open the app, request an Uber and you're away, what could be simpler? What is Uber and how does it work? Well sometimes it's... Read more

You could hail a self-driving Uber the next time you're in San Francisco

You could hail a self-driving Uber the next time you're in San Francisco

By Elyse Betters

Uber is skipping past California's regulations and testing self-driving Volvos around Silicon Valley.Many car companies have been testing their self-driving concepts in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which is cool, but not really, since no one realistically... Read more

What is Uber and how does it work?

What is Uber and how does it work?

By Elyse Betters

Traditional cabs are a thing of the past.Instead, your neighbor and his BMW, your hairdresser and her Mini, your best friend and his Tesla, or your co-worker and her Prius might be who you hail next to get a ride to the airport. That's because ride-hailing... Read more

Uber will let you pre-book rides in London

Uber will let you pre-book rides in London

By Chris Hall

Uber is adding one of the big missing features to its service in the UK: the ability to pre-book.Uber has had a rough ride since its launch in London, but the app-powered taxi service has found favour with Londoners, beating black cabs hands-down when... Read more

Uber and Volvo jointly working on autonomous taxis, as test fleet arrives in Pittsburgh

Uber and Volvo jointly working on autonomous taxis, as test fleet arrives in Pittsburgh

By Chris Hall

Uber and Volvo have signed an agreement that will lead to a jointly-developed autonomous vehicle, Volvo has announced.The new vehicle will meet the demands of both companies to develop fully-autonomous driverless cars, the next generation of such vehicles... Read more

UberEats hits UK, food delivered in 30-minutes or you get £20

UberEats hits UK, food delivered in 30-minutes or you get £20

By Luke Edwards

Uber is no longer just a taxi company, it delivers food now too. That service has just arrived in the UK as UberEats.The simply named UberEats was already up and running in the US but has now arrived in London, following a launch in the only other European... Read more

It's official: This is what Uber's first self-driving car looks like

It's official: This is what Uber's first self-driving car looks like

By Elyse Betters

Uber has confirmed it made a self-driving car, with an official photo and more.Exactly one year ago, a different photo surfaced showing what looks like an early prototype of the self-driving vehicle Uber has just confirmed. The ride-sharing company has... Read more

Uber apparently wants to buy a fleet of autonomous cars in Germany

Uber apparently wants to buy a fleet of autonomous cars in Germany

By Elyse Betters

Uber is looking for a way to cut one of its biggest costs: drivers.According to Reuters, the ride-hailing app is shopping around Germany for a fleet of autonomous vehicles. We don't know how many cars it wants to purchase, but it seems to be doing a lot... Read more

Lyft now lets you hail a car from within FB Messenger, Slack, and more

Lyft now lets you hail a car from within FB Messenger, Slack, and more

By Elyse Betters

Not to be outdone by Uber, Lyft has announced that Facebook Messenger users can now hail a car from them instead of Uber.Since December, anyone has been able to hail an Uber car from within the Messenger app. We explained here how exactly that works,... Read more

Apps to help get you home during the party season

Apps to help get you home during the party season

By Britta O'Boyle

It's December and with December comes late nights and lots of parties, whether it is meeting friends to swap presents, or Christmas lunches that go on a little later than you intended.Unfortunately trains don't exactly win a gold medal for being great... Read more

Uber will deliver ice cream to you for free today: This is how to get it

Uber will deliver ice cream to you for free today: This is how to get it

By Elyse Betters

It's summertime, and it's hot out (well, supposed to be anyway).The Uber team knows this and believes the best way to cool off (and to get you to use its app) is to offer a global promotion on 24 July. Called Uber Ice Cream, it's all about delivering... Read more

Uber loses bid to take over Here Maps, BMW, Audi and Mercedes nab it instead

Uber loses bid to take over Here Maps, BMW, Audi and Mercedes nab it instead

By Rik Henderson

It is no secret that Nokia has been looking to offload its Here Maps service for a while, hoping to use the cash from the sale to further its communication network plans, but it looks like the most expected suitor has failed in its bid to take it over.Uber... Read more

Uber continues plans to take over the world by buying part of Microsoft's Bing Maps

Uber continues plans to take over the world by buying part of Microsoft's Bing Maps

By Elyse Betters

Uber, the global taxi service that has recently been outlawed in France, is continuing with its plans to take over the world. Well, maps of the world that is.The company has confirmed that it has agreed to acquire part of Microsoft's Bing Maps arm, with... Read more

Uber self-driving cars hit the roads, Johnny Cabs may one day be a thing

Uber self-driving cars hit the roads, Johnny Cabs may one day be a thing

By Chris Hall

Uber had previously stated its intention to develop autonomous vehicles, basing itself in Pittsburgh. Those cars are now hitting the roads.Uber located its Uber Advanced Technologies Center in the Pennsylvania city, with the aim of one day of having autonomous... Read more

Will Uber's $3 billion bid for Here Maps get you home faster?

Will Uber's $3 billion bid for Here Maps get you home faster?

By Rik Henderson

Uber has allegedly made a $3 billion (£1.9 billion) bid for Nokia's digital mapping service, Here, which could not only aid its drivers in future but expand the global taxi and delivery company into new areas.Nokia previously confirmed that a sale... Read more

Idea Bank is the Uber of cash machines, delivers deposit ATM to you

Idea Bank is the Uber of cash machines, delivers deposit ATM to you

By Luke Edwards

Idea Bank is the Uber of cash, sending an ATM deposit machine to you, built into the back of a BMW i3.The thinking behind Idea Bank is to offer cash deposits, on call, anywhere a person needs it.This could be great for pop-up restaurants and bars or festivals... Read more

Is Uber buying a mapping company to beat Google's self-driving cars?

Is Uber buying a mapping company to beat Google's self-driving cars?

By Luke Edwards

Cab giant Uber is apparently near to closing a deal with mapping company deCarta. While it claims this will help it to fine tune its mapping tech for driver positioning there could be a lot more to it.Uber has reportedly opened a robotics facility in... Read more

Uber partners with Breathometer's breathalyser app to put an end to drunk driving

Uber partners with Breathometer's breathalyser app to put an end to drunk driving

By Elyse Betters

Partnerships between companies aren't always the most interesting news, but when the partnership involves two companies that can help prevent instances of drunk driving, it's a different matter altogether.Ride-hailing mobile app Uber has become a feature... Read more

Uber announces self-driving car project, as Google prepares to launch Uber-like app

Uber announces self-driving car project, as Google prepares to launch Uber-like app

By Elyse Betters

It looks like Google and Uber are about to become rivals in more ways than one.Google wants to take on Uber by developing its own ride-hailing app, according to Bloomberg News. It's a surprising turn of events, considering Google Ventures invested $258... Read more

Uber partners with Spotify to let you choose your cab ride music

Uber partners with Spotify to let you choose your cab ride music

By Luke Edwards

In a world first the on-demand taxi app company Uber has teamed up with music streaming service Spotify. The result is a personalised cab ride like never before, with your music playing in the car.How does it work? Once you've paired your Spotify Premium... Read more

Uber has landed in India and it's bringing car financing to sweeten its arrival

Uber has landed in India and it's bringing car financing to sweeten its arrival

By Luke Edwards

So far Uber has only been running in the US and Europe, but now its arrived in India to take on the local company Ola.Uber has not only set up in India with its taxi service but has also brought a car financing scheme to make setting up as a driver easier... Read more

Uber goes big with UberXL large cars on call now

Uber goes big with UberXL large cars on call now

By Luke Edwards

Uber has announced the UK will now be able to use its UberXL service which has already launched in the US.UberXL offers cars via the Uber app for those looking for a bit more room. It works the same as usual but with a slider on the app that goes to UberXL.... Read more

Addison Lee puts 4G in all London cabs, offers free internet to customers during ride

Addison Lee puts 4G in all London cabs, offers free internet to customers during ride

By Elyse Betters

London-based private hire company Addison Lee has announced it will offer high-speed broadband in vehicles - at no extra cost to you.In-car 4G service will roll out to all 4,800 Addison Lee vehicles, though the VIP and Ford Galaxy fleet will get access... Read more

Uber lowers UberX prices in London, starting today

Uber lowers UberX prices in London, starting today

By Elyse Betters

For those of you in London who still haven't cared enough to try Uber, a new price change might finally pique your interest.The Uber London team has announced that it will cut UberX prices in the city by 15 per cent. The cheaper pricing will go into effect... Read more

Uber kicks off Uber Fresh, a lunch-delivery service in US for limited time

Uber kicks off Uber Fresh, a lunch-delivery service in US for limited time

By Elyse Betters

Uber now offers a meal-delivery service of sorts in the US. But it's only available at lunch time in one city during a limited run.Starting today, Uber is testing something called Uber Fresh (stylised uberFRESH) in Santa Monica. That means only people... Read more

Uber now has a delivery service, but only in DC area for a limited-time run

Uber now has a delivery service, but only in DC area for a limited-time run

By Elyse Betters

Uber has announced a limited-time-only experiment. It's a delivery service in the US, called Corner Store.Uber is a mobile app that connects passengers with screened drivers of vehicles for hire. You don't have to make a reservation or wait in a taxi... Read more

Uber's Destination Entry feature lets you skip telling the driver where to go

Uber's Destination Entry feature lets you skip telling the driver where to go

By Elyse Betters

The Uber team announced today that it is trying to make the Uber experience more streamlined, and so it has rolled out a new feature that both delivers on that promise and simultaneously lets you bypass one of the most tedious aspects of hailing a cab:... Read more

UberPool saves you money, split taxi fares with people taking a similar route

UberPool saves you money, split taxi fares with people taking a similar route

By Luke Edwards

The smart taxi service Uber has announced a new feature called UberPool which lets users share rides.In busy centres where lots of people are using Uber to get rides in similar directions at similar times, why not share and save money? That seems to be... Read more

Uber for Business lets you take a cab for work and bill your boss for the ride

Uber for Business lets you take a cab for work and bill your boss for the ride

By Elyse Betters

You can now use Uber to get from A to B for work, and you won't even have to pay for the ride.The car service has announced it created a new feature called shareable business accounts, which basically lets you bill trips for work directly to your company.... Read more

Uber for Windows Phone is back, following abrupt removal last summer

Uber for Windows Phone is back, following abrupt removal last summer

By Elyse Betters

Last August the official Uber app for Windows Phone abruptly disappeared from the Windows Phone Store, but now is it back and supposedly much better than it was before."Previously, Windows Phone users accessed Uber through our mobile site, but starting... Read more

Uber lets you order an ice cream van to your location all day Friday 18 July

Uber lets you order an ice cream van to your location all day Friday 18 July

By Luke Edwards

Friday 18 July is set to be the hottest day of the summer in England. Fear not, Uber is offering ice cream on demand in over 144 cities in 38 countries. If the heat is getting too much reach for your Uber app and you can beckon an ice cream van.As a... Read more

Uber ruled legal in the UK by TfL

Uber ruled legal in the UK by TfL

By Luke Edwards

After uproar in the UK over taxi app service Uber, Transport for London has ruled that it is not breaking any laws.There has been growing upset over recent months about apps like Uber not being held to the same standards as London's traditional Hackney... Read more

Uber to offer rides in Optimus Prime himself, this week in three US cities

Uber to offer rides in Optimus Prime himself, this week in three US cities

By Elyse Betters

The new Transformers film is premiering later this month. But there's no need to drive your car to the cinema. Just request an Autobot through the Uber app.But you won't get to ride in any old sentient robot from the planet Cyberton. You'll be able to... Read more

Clipp app is like Uber for bar tabs

Clipp app is like Uber for bar tabs

By Luke Edwards

Clipp is a new app that's being hailed as the "Uber for bar tabs". Yes, hailed.Clipp allows pub goers to put a tab on the app, which they can limit from their phone, negating the need to leave a card behind the bar. It also means when it comes to settle... Read more

Uber alternatives that also work with London’s black cabs

Uber alternatives that also work with London’s black cabs

By Luke Edwards

To black cab drivers in London the Uber app is like a fast spreading plague. It did allow users to hail a minicab using an app from wherever they are, rather than waiting to hail a good old Hackney Carriage. But now, after a planned go-slo day for black... Read more

Uber embraces black cabs with UberTAXI option, claims 850 per cent jump in sign-ups

Uber embraces black cabs with UberTAXI option, claims 850 per cent jump in sign-ups

By Chris Hall

Uber has added an option for those users in London that makes it possible to hail a black taxi through the popular cab service app.There has been growing upset over recent months about apps like Uber not being held to the same standards as London's... Read more

Better be polite: Here's how to find out your passenger rating on Uber

Better be polite: Here's how to find out your passenger rating on Uber

By Elyse Betters

Next time you're riding in an Uber cab, make sure you're nice and courteous and tip accordingly. Or else an Uber driver may never pick you up again.That's right. Uber, the mobile app and site that connects passengers with screened drivers of vehicles... Read more

Uber responds to LTDA protest: London has 'best taxis in the world' - but there's room for better

Uber responds to LTDA protest: London has 'best taxis in the world' - but there's room for better

By Elyse Betters

Uber has finally responded to all the commotion against its app and transportation services offered in London. And it was rather polite while doing so."There has been a lot of discussion of late about London’s transportation ecosystem – and the revolutionary... Read more