Chicago’s city counsel approves tax surcharge on ride-hailing services

In a significant development, Chicago’s city counsel has approved a proposal which will see an imposition of increased taxes on certain ride-hailing trips. The move is aimed at combating traffic congestion in the city. Incidentally, the city counsel and ride providers have accused each other of penalizing low-income passengers. As per Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s plan,…

Indonesia’s ride hailing service Gojek to commence operations in Malaysia from Jan. 2020

Gojek’s proof-of-concept service will be used to measure the demand for ride-hailing sector in Malaysia for a period of 6 months. On Tuesday, in a statement, Anthony Loke Siew Fook Malaysia’s minister of Transportation stated, Kuala Lumpur will allow ride-hailing firms such as Indonesia’s Gojek to start operations in the country from January 2020. Gojek’s…

Malaysia Competition Commission imposes $20 million fine on Grab for violating competition law

MyCC has imposed a daily penalty of 15,000 ringgit starting from today for as long as Grab fails “to take remedial actions as directed by the commission in addressing the competition concerns”. On Thursday, Malaysia’s competition regulator proposed to levy a fine of $20.53 million (86 million ringgit) on ride-hailing firm Grab for violating the…

Grab unveils major investment plans for Vietnam

Ride-hailing firm Grab plans on investing “several hundred million dollars” in Vietnam since it sees the country as its next growth market. Grab unveilled the plan just weeks after it disclosed a $2 billion investment plan for Indonesia. The proposed investment plan marks Vietnam as one of Asia’s fastest growing economy and underscores Grab’s eagerness…

Didi Chuxing launches autonomous self-driving unit

The autonomous driving unit will function as an independent company. On Monday, China’s ride hailing firm Didi Chuxing stated it has launched an autonomous driving unit as an independent company. The business will focus its resources on research and development activities as well as deepen its collaboration with automakers. Zhang Bo, Didi’s chief technology officer…

Visa invests undisclosed amount in Indonesia’s ride hailing firm Go-Jek

Visa’s investment was during Go-Jek’s ongoing F Series funding round. On Wednesday, Visa Inc stated, it has invested an undisclosed amount in Indonesia’s Go-Jek in the ride-hailing company’s ongoing Series F fundraising round. In a statement the U.S. payment processor said, both companies will collaborate to provide more options for cashless payments for consumers across…

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FCA partners with silicon valley startup Aurora for creating autonomous platforms

Tech companies are increasing going up the value chain for automakers. This partnership is the latest example of this strategic tie-up. In a development that marks the latest collaboration between Silicon Valley and automakers, Aurora, a self-driving car software startup stated it will be partnering with Fiat Chrysler to build autonomous platforms for commercial vehicles.…