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Digital platforms: making the world a more complicated place

Digital platforms, the websites and apps which compete for our precious screen time, have successfully invaded the traditional territory of many sectors of the “old economy”. They have become the preferred – expected, even – domains for many kinds of human behaviour, from banking and property buying, to dating and entertainment.

Uber launches a ‘Pet’ option, because what about Rocky and Rex?

We’d like to see an Uber driver’s face as the passenger strategically tries to fit two Great Danes into his Corolla. With the launch of Uber Pet, people can now do that. 

Cloudy with a chance of McDonald’s – Your Uber Eats could arrive by drone in just eight minutes

In the not too distant future, you will be able to order Uber Eats that will be delivered to you by drone, as the ride-sharing company announced a pilot with McDonald's in San Diego. Using a current commercial drone Uber has been testing deliveries with the hamburger maker in the California city. Ultimately it plans to create a custom drone for delivering food in a custom box.

More pics of Uber Air’s proposed sky taxis

We managed to get a peak at more shots of Uber Air's reference design, so we've plonked them below for your ogling pleasure.

Uber in the air: flying taxi trials may lead to passenger service by 2023

Uber Air will start test flights of its aerial taxi service in 2020, and move to commercial operations by 2023, the ABC reported. Melbourne, Dallas and Los Angeles have been named as three test cities for the trial.

Take a look at some of the concepts for Uber Air Skyports

If you were paying attention at any point in the past 24 hours, you'll have noticed that Uber has announced something... new. That is, the first of its Uber Air vehicles, which will do just what your standard Uber will. More or less. Only, this time, you'll be flying. As opposed to how you often feel when in an Uber at 4AM on a weekend. 

This is what your first Uber Air taxi will look like

Uber Air sees the ride-hailing company taking to the skies and hoping to trim commute times, albeit for a price.

Overpriced tech IPOs sell grand visions but aren’t worth their valuations

The year of the tech IPO is 2019. Uber went public on May 10 with a US$82.4 billion valuation. Fellow ride-sharing app Lyft floated in March with a U$24 billion valuation and Pinterest had a US$10 billion IPO in April. More big names – including Slack, Airbnb, WeWork and Palantir – are set to follow.

Light Start – A Wing for Fins, Uber silent, Batman: Hush, and RIP Grumpy Cat

This week on Light Start, we've got drone deliveries, silent drivers, a new animated DC film, and the loss of a very cranky feline.

InDriver, the set-your-own-fare ride service, has launched in Joburg

There's a new ride-hailing service in Johannesburg, and it lets you negotiate your fare with the driver.

Uber’s $9 billion IPO rests on drivers’ 80-plus hour workweeks and a lot of waiting

Uber’s upcoming initial public offering may be one of the biggest in history, with the ride-hailing company expected to raise up to US$9 billion. That’s good news for its early investors and executives, who could reap $1.3 billion from the IPO. For the potentially hundreds of thousands of drivers who do it as their largest or main source of income? Not so much. That may be why some of them p...[Read More]

Ride-hailing service Taxify is going green, will now be called Bolt

Taxify, the ride-hailing platform, has decided to rebrand and disassociate itself from the traditional combustion engine and call itself Bolt.

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