Nov 6, 2019

Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing to relaunch carpooling service

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Didi Chuxing, the Chinese ride-hailing giant, said Wednesday that it will roll out a revamped trial version of its peer-to-peer carpooling ride service in seven cities later this month after suspending it last year following the deaths of two female passengers.

Why it matters: The incidents put a halt to the company's meteoric success — it was once even expected to go public before its U.S. peers. The new service will have curfews in place for passengers, limits to trip length and new initiatives around women's safety.

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Buttigieg and Delaney: Different approaches to public service

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Several Democratic presidential candidates are advocating to expand public service programs in America.

Why it matters: Proponents, such as former Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.) and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-Ind.), say public service builds morale and is a means of developing shared values. Their programs also claim to provide opportunities for those at the start of their careers to build skills, resumes and networks. But their approaches have an important difference.

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Uber is testing ad displays for its cars

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Some Uber drivers have independently been putting ad displays on top of their cars, but now the ride-hailing company has teamed with startup Cargo for a small test of officially deploying ads to drivers in Atlanta.

Why it matters: This could be a new revenue source for Uber, which has been under heavy pressure to move towards profitability.

Go deeperArrowNov 21, 2019

New York City ride-hailing upstart Juno shuts down

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Juno, an upstart ride-hailing company in New York City, is shutting down as part of a new partnership between parent company Gett and Lyft. Gett's corporate customers will now be able to book rides via Lyft in the U.S., and some Belarus-based employees are joining Lyft, the latter tells Axios.

Why it matters: When Juno burst onto the scene in 2016, ride-hailing drivers were attracted to its promise of a better job, including potentially providing company equity someday. But that promise unraveled when Juno sold to Gett the following year and admitted there was no legal way to do so.

Editor's note: The story has been updated with details about Gett employees joining Lyft.

Keep ReadingArrowNov 18, 2019