Uber has appointed former Orbitz chief executive Barney Harford to the role of chief operating officer, ending a long search. He becomes the second-highest ranking executive at Uber Technologies.
Transport for London has informed Uber that it will not be issued with a private hire operator licence after expiry of its current licence on September 30th. The decision means as many as 40,000 Uber operated cars could be removed from the city’s streets in little over a week.
Jet Airways has announced a strategic association with online transportation network Uber. With this first-of-its kind initiative in the Indian aviation space, Jet Airways’ guests will be able to request their Uber when booking a ticket on the Jet Airways app.
Uber has agreed to sell its Chinese business to rival Didi Chuxing. The taxi-booking app will retain separate branding in the country, with Uber also taking a 5.9 per cent stake in the combined company. Didi Chuxing - which is backed by internet giants Tencent and Alibaba - dominates the taxi-booking sector in China with nearly 90 per cent of the market.
Hilton Worldwide is expanding its partnership with Uber to further bring together their respective mobile apps. Hilton HHonors members can now order an Uber straight from the HHonors app, and Uber riders can now view their hotel stay information and check-in, all accessed via the Uber app en route to their hotel.
American Airlines is partnering with Uber to create a door-to-door streamlined service to help customers get from home or work to the airport and back The companies will work together to provide customers faster service, better airport navigation, rider promotions and mileage promotions.
Sidecar, one of the early trailblazers in the burgeoning ride hailing industry, has admitted defeat in its battle against the Uber-Lyft dominance and will close tomorrow. Co-founders said the company’s demise is a “bittersweet victory” but plan to “lay the groundwork for the next big thing”.
Hilton Worldwide has partnered with technology platform Uber to offer expanded digital features that will further simplify and streamline the travel experience for Hilton guests. Through the partnership, Hilton guests around the world can set Uber ‘Ride Reminders,’ automated notifications to request Uber rides to and from the hotel.
The French government has caved in to protestors and ordered a ban on the UberPOP taxi service. The decision follows protests by thousands of taxi drivers around the country earlier this week. Uber was banned by a French court last October, but has still been operating while it challenges the decision.