Waymo to Launch Ridehailing Robotaxis in France and Japan

Skift Take: Will Waymo pose a serious challenge to Uber with its autonomous ridehailing service? First it has to ensure a robot can do the job as well — if not better — than a human. — Raini Hamdi Read the Complete Story On Skift

Lyft riders can earn Hilton Honors

Earlier this year, both ride-sharing services Lyft and Uber announced rewards programs for loyal users. Lyft has now taken this concept a step further. The carpool service announced a partnership with hotel brand Hilton, offering riders points towards the Hilton Honors Rewards program with each ride. As of May 14, the money you spend getting … [Read more…]

SoftBank May Lose Uber Board Seats After U.S. Security Review

Uber is heading quickly toward its IPO. When the day finally arrives, Japanese investor SoftBank may lose its two board seats. Chris Ratcliffe / Bloomberg Skift Take: It doesn’t look good for SoftBank. The U.S. Committee on Foreign Investment has immense power under President Trump and has been cracking down on foreign investment. This puts … [Read more…]

Vista Global Buys Uber-Style Private Jet App

Interior of the VistaJet Global 5000. VistaJet Skift Take: Vista is getting bigger, as more and more companies realize it’s way easier to rent a jet rather than own one outright. Now, this most recent acquisition makes booking seats even easier, but who knows if it will catch on with luxury travelers. — Isaac Carey … [Read more…]

Vancouver Shuns Uber While Chinese-Language App Kabu Thrives

The Kabu Driver ride-sharing app. Ben Nelms / Bloomberg Skift Take: The underground ride-sharing app has big plans for growth, with an English version coming soon. By the time Uber gets on the road, it may find itself up against a solid competitor. — Isaac Carey Leather Passport Holder Cover Travel case Wallet USA Emblem … [Read more…]

Saudi Arabian Travel Firm Al Tayyar Aims to Expand

An agent checks in a customer at a Dubai, United Arab Emirates-based travel agency branded Al Tayyar Travel. The company has been focusing on finding new revenue and profit streams, and it may sell a business unit to Uber, Bloomberg reports. Al Tayyar Travel Group Skift Take: One of the kingdom’s largest travel companies, Al … [Read more…]