Issue 3: Disruptions and Innovations in the Mobility Space Worldwide

This week: Layoffs at Grab and Uber, Vietnam's taxi ban, Uber's age policy change, Blacklane's expansion, China's flying cars, Lyft's Canadian expansion, and Senegal's green mobility. Stay informed!

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Issue 3: Disruptions and Innovations in the Mobility Space Worldwide

Welcome to this week's edition of the Ride-Hailing and Mobility Newsletter. Brought to you by, your trusted partner in intelligent mobility solutions. Before we jump into this week's news, we'd like to take a moment to share a bit about us.

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Now, let's dive into this week's news from around the globe. From layoffs at prominent tech giants to the launch of new markets for ride-sharing services and strides in green mobility, let's explore the latest developments.

Blacklane Expands City-to-City Service

Global chauffeur service, Blacklane, has decisively expanded its city-to-city offering, now serving 98 connections in 11 countries. This significant expansion brings upscale, reliable transportation to more users.

Blacklane expands chauffeur service with LA to Las Vegas route
The company also operates between LA and Palm Springs

Uber Trims Recruitment Division

In a surprising development, Uber is laying off around 200 employees from its recruitment division. The strategic move was reported by Business Times and underscores the current dynamics of the rideshare industry.

Uber Threats Halt Minnesota's Pay Bill

Uber's threat to exit Minnesota has resulted in the governor vetoing a rideshare minimum pay bill. Forbes provides an in-depth look at this controversial move.

Uber Revises Age Policy

Uber has updated its age policy, and now only allows those aged 18 and above to have rider accounts. Learn more about the reasons behind this decision and its potential impact from The Verge.

Lyft Expands in Canada

Lyft has announced its entry into the Edmonton and Calgary markets, joining the competitive Canadian rideshare space. CTV News Edmonton has more details. Additionally, the company is planning to extend its services to other Canadian cities soon, as mentioned on Lyft's blog.

Lyft is Coming Soon to New Canadian Cities
Beginning today, drivers in Alberta’s largest cities can now apply to drive with Lyft.

Other News

Checkout other news you might be interested in around the world!

Senegal's Green Mobility Revolution

Mbay Mobility, a new start-up, is launching an all-electric taxi financing platform in Senegal

Mbay Mobility Is Launching An All-Electric Taxi Financing Platform In Senegal - CleanTechnica
“M’Bay” means to cultivate in Wolof, the main language in Senegal. The aptly named “Mbay Mobility” wants to help cultivate and grow the green mobility sector in West Africa, starting in Dakar Senegal. Mbay wants to play a key role in the transition to electric mobility by being the first mover in th…

Vietnam's First Pure Electric Taxi Firm Launches

In an exciting development for green mobility, GSM has officially launched VinFast Limo, Vietnam's first pure electric taxi firm. The initiative, backed by Vingroup, marks a significant milestone in the country's push for sustainable transportation. Read more about it on Vingroup's site.

Vietnamese Taxi Firms Get the Boot

VN Express reports that two taxi companies have been banned from operating at Tan Son Nhat Airport due to meter-rigging allegations. This comes as a major blow to both companies and provides a stern warning to other service providers.

Two taxi firms banned from Tan Son Nhat airport for rigging meters - VnExpress International
Two taxi companies have been suspended from HCMC’s Tan Son Nhat International Airport after their vehicles were found to have tampered meters that showed 10 times higher fares.

Singapore-based Tech Giant Grab to Downsize

In an unfortunate turn of events, Grab, the Singapore-based tech giant, is set to lay off over a thousand employees. As reported by New Straits Times, these tough measures underline the ongoing challenges within the ride-hailing sector.

ComfortDelGro Implements App Platform Fee

In an attempt to keep up with ride-hailing competitors, ComfortDelGro, Singapore's largest taxi company, has introduced a 70 cents app platform fee. Get more insights from Channel News Asia.

ComfortDelGro rides booked through app to cost 70 cents more from Jul 1
SINGAPORE: From Jul 1, taxi and private-hire car passengers will have to pay S$0.70 more for rides booked via ComfortDelGro’s CDG Zig app. This new platform fee will be introduced so that Singapore’s largest taxi operator can “continue to enhance the quality of its services” to customers, ComfortDe…

China's Flying Car Ambitions

Chinese tech firms are accelerating their plans to develop flying cars, with a projected takeoff timeline set for 2025. Take a peek at the future of mobility as reported by Nikkei Asia.

China’s flying car developers ready for takeoff in 2025
Startups take global lead in test flights ahead of commercialization