Entries with tag transportation technologies.

Daimler Enters the Ride-Service Application Market

Daimler, the manufacturer of Mercedes-Benz vehicles, has bought two smartphone applications designed to help users obtain car services. The company’s moovel subsidiary purchased mytaxi, which lets smartphone users hail a cab, track its progress, rate the service, and pay for the ride. moovel also bought RideScout, which helps users find ways to get places using public and private transportation, including car-sharing services. Previously, moovel invested in Blacklane, a limousine-booking service. It also owns car2go and Park2gether, a service that helps users find vacant parking spaces. Daimler, which manufactures cabs, says its new applications will not disrupt the taxi industry. (Reuters)(The Wall Street Journal)

Transportation Technologies Duking It Out in San Francisco

There are numerous transportation options in the San Francisco area, but taxi services and ride sharing providers are now entrenched in a fight for business. Uber X, for example, is a digital ride sharing service that features options less expensive than hailing a cab. It is competing with ride sharing services such as Lyft and Sidecar, which give people rides with regular folks who use their personal cars as taxis. Professional cab drivers tell ABC affiliate KGO that their pay has decreased by roughly 25 percent since these start-ups launched, which has prompted some drivers to start using the Flywheel smartphone application. The creators of Flywheel are upping the ante by giving away free taxi fare to potential new users. Uber, the service that summons luxury car service for smartphone users, is now adding a fare splitting feature for its iPhone and Android users to remain competitive. (KGO)(CNET)(The New York Times)

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