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SoftBank and Toyota team up to develop services powered by self-driving vehicles – TechCrunch

SoftBank and Toyota team up to develop services powered by self-driving vehicles – TechCrunch SoftBank is getting into self-driving car services after the Japanese tech giant announced a joint-venture with Toyota in its native Japan. SoftBank is invested in Uber and a range of other ride-hailing startups like Didi in …

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The investors and founders of Yellow, 99 Taxis, and Didi will talk about the new mobility race at Startup Battlefield Latin America – TechCrunch

The investors and founders of Yellow, 99 Taxis, and Didi will talk about the new mobility race at Startup Battlefield Latin America – TechCrunch In the nine months since Didi acquired the Brazilian ride hailing startup 99 in a deal that valued the company at a reported $1 billion, the …

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China’s Didi Chuxing adds more safety features following passenger murder – TechCrunch

China’s Didi Chuxing adds more safety features following passenger murder – TechCrunch Didi Chuxing, China’s largest ride-hailing firm, is rolling out new security systems one month after a female customer was raped and murdered by a driver, the second such fatality on its Hitch service this year. Today the company …

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Singapore is the crypto sandbox that Asia needs – TechCrunch

Singapore is the crypto sandbox that Asia needs – TechCrunch Singapore Blockchain Week happened this past week. While there have been a few announcements from companies, some of the most interesting updates have come from regulators, and specifically, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). The financial regulator openly discussed its views …

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Latin America is the next stage in the race for dominance in the ride-hailing market – TechCrunch

Latin America is the next stage in the race for dominance in the ride-hailing market – TechCrunch Nathan Lustig Contributor Nathan Lustig is an entrepreneur and managing partner at Magma Partners, a seed-stage investment fund in Santiago, Chile. More posts by this contributor Latin America’s Groupon Mafia A new era …

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Taxify is entering the e-scooter game – TechCrunch

Taxify is entering the e-scooter game – TechCrunch Estonian ride-hailing company Taxify will compete with Bird and Lime in Europe with its new brand of e-scooters, called Bolt, launching in Paris on Thursday. The company has rolled the scooter sharing service into its mobile app, which has attracted 10 million …

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Google will struggle if it re-enters China, says its former country head – TechCrunch

Google will struggle if it re-enters China, says its former country head – TechCrunch The odds are stacked against Google if the reports are true and the company is trying to bring its services back to China, according to the former head of Google China. News reports last month uncovered …

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Didi makes more safety changes — and will pause night services while it does – TechCrunch

Didi makes more safety changes — and will pause night services while it does – TechCrunch Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi has detailed further safety measures incoming to its platform following a second murder of a female passenger last month. The 20-year-old woman had been using Didi’s Hitch carpooling service in Zhejiang, a …

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Toyota invests $500 million into Uber – TechCrunch

Toyota invests $500 million into Uber – TechCrunch Toyota is investing $500 million into Uber. Under the agreement, Toyota vehicles will be equipped with Uber’s self-driving technology, an unnamed source familiar with the deal told TechCrunch. The investment was first reported by the WSJ. TechCrunch confirmed the Toyota-Uber agreement with …

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China announces transportation industry reform, days after murder of Didi carpooling passenger – TechCrunch

China announces transportation industry reform, days after murder of Didi carpooling passenger – TechCrunch The Chinese government announced it will reform the transportation industry to safeguard passengers, three days after a female passenger was allegedly raped and murdered by a Didi Chuxing driver last Friday. Provinces and autonomous regions are …

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