Published on 09.01.2017, in Stories

 


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Uber wants to take over public transit, one small town at a time.

Summary
Many of cities are struggling to fund existing transit service, much less expand it to meet the needs of growing numbers of urban commuters. Both Uber and Lyft say that in the past year they have seen a surge in public officials interested in giving the companies taxpayer dollars for public transit contracts. For the companies, it’s an appealing new way to establish themselves as vital infrastructure, especially in low-density communities where running traditional mass transit can be expensive.

Our Thoughts:
Taxi companies can play this role. In fact, in many cases - companies are already public service providers through NHS, NEMT and school contracts. An interesting space to keep an eye on moving forward.

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Europcar is getting deeper into car-sharing after buying out its Irish franchise

The rental firm has inherited GoCar as part of the acquisition.

Our Thoughts:
As transport providers diversify their offering, should taxi companies consider doing the same? For example, how do you fill the dead time between demand? There are other ways you can consider utilising your fleet. Check out our integration with OneHour. Take that a step further, could you offer a car sharing service in your town? If so, we'd love to hear from you.

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Lynk 2016 in Numbers

Check out Lynk’s round-up of 2016! Putting their data to work!

Our Thoughts:
Data can be used as a light hearted New Year’s blog post like Lynk. But going a step further it can provide extremely valuable insights into your business. What are you doing with your data? Check out our BI Wallboard for information on real time insights into your business.

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Addison Lee buys US rival Flyte Tyme as taxi firm looks to keep pace with Uber.

Taxi Firm Addison Lee has snapped up US rival Flyte Tyme in a deal understood to be valued at $25 million dollars (£20 million).

Summary
The private equity-owned company said the move would bolster global sales to nearly £400 million and cement its position as one of the world's biggest chauffeur firms. Flyte Tyme is based in New Jersey and has a turnover of 65 million US dollars (£53 million), with 525 staff and 375 drivers. It comes after Addison Lee boosted its global footprint in June last year by buying Tristar Worldwide, which has operations in 80 countries.

Our Thoughts:
Continuing the trend of consolidation in the market - we see another acquisition to add to the list of companies Addison Lee have snapped up lately (see Tristar acquisition last year).

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Donald Trump's former limo owned by Gloucester garage

A limousine that once belonged to US President-elect Donald Trump, now belongs to a Gloucester mechanic.

Craig Eyres bought the then derelict car eight years ago - but said he knew nothing of the limousine's history at the time. The now-restored 1980s limo features a bar with a drinks dispenser, video player, fax machine and mobile phone

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