Uber made big promises in Kenya. Drivers say it’s ruined their lives.

“When you have a family to feed, kids to pay school fees for, rents to pay, a loan to pay and your work is too much and exploitative, what happens?” a driver said. NAIROBI, Kenya — At first, work as an Uber driver seemed to offer Harrison Munala everything he’d hoped for when he moved from a […]

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Uber says will be ‘zero emissions’ by 2040

Uber said Tuesday it intends to become a “zero emission platform” by 2040 and will seek to have all its rides by electric vehicles by 2030 in the United States, Canada and Europe. The global ride-hailing giant said it was taking the initiative to help fight global climate change by reducing automobile emissions. “The world […]

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Transforming Kenya mobility systems for fourth industrial age

Earlier last year, the Smart Africa Initiative tasked Kenya to develop a blueprint for a digital economy in Africa. This blueprint will present a framework to improve Kenya’s and Africa’s ability to spur economic growth along the pillars of Digital Government, Digital Business, Infrastructure, Innovation-Driven Entrepreneurship and Digital Skills and Values. Kenya’s transition to a […]

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Uber to kick out drivers with low customer rating

Drivers using ride-hailing platform Uber will be required to maintain a minimum 4.6 point rating in new regulations that the US firm said would ensure quality services. Drivers unable to meet the new rating will be deactivated after 30 days if they fail to improve their position. Uber issued the new regulation to drivers through […]

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Uber rides to cost about 29% more in Kenya

After months of going back and forth between Uber and its drivers, the company has announced a 29% increase in prices effective Monday 26th August. This proposed price increase will affect both UberX and Uber ChapChap riders. Uber Select, which has been the company’s premium option, is being scrapped off from the market. So there’ll […]

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This Estonian Start-Up Has Become a Thorn in Uber’s Side

TALLINN, Estonia — Uber used to dominate ride-hailing in Poland and Kenya. Over the past two years, that started to change. In Poland, a small competitor opened a rival service and began winning customers with cheaper fares and attracting drivers by charging lower commissions. In Kenya, that same upstart grabbed business by offering motorbike rides […]

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Uber enforces NTSA electronic chip in safety push

Taxi-hailing firm Uber has introduced a new safety measure that requires vehicle owners to first acquire an electronic chip windscreen sticker from the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA). The sticker allows identification and authentication of car ownership before they are certified to offer its service. Uber in a notice to vehicle owners last week […]

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Lofty Dreams: How The Flying Taxi May Finally Realize Our Desire for the Flying Car

If you thought that the future of transportation was just electric cars and autonomous vehicles, well, there’s a push to take things a little higher. Certainly, gasoline-free, self-driving cars are all the rage right now, and rightfully so. We are deep into the testing phase of cars that reach level four automation (level five means […]

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