SINGAPORE: My Grab driver was clearly a service-oriented person, and it was obvious from the moment I first set foot into his car.A basket of sweets – for passengers to help themselves to – was attached to the back of the driver’s seat, while a long green USB cord snaked from the plastic box in the car’s centre console, which my driver, Koo Kay Kee, invited me to use to charge my phone.But it was the large signs stuck on the back of the headrests that couldn’t be missed: It explained how passengers could, with a few taps on their phone, get items like mineral water, canned drinks, snacks or even free face mask samples from the repository of goodies housed in that very same plastic box that also allowed them to charge their phone.Grab&Go, a new initiative announced by Grab earlier this month, is a tie-up between the ride-hailing company and US-based in-car commerce start-up Cargo. It comes as Grab consolidates its position as the dominant ride-hailing … [Read more...] about Road-testing the Grab&Go service: A marketing gimmick, or a win-win for drivers and passengers?
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Sport The Canadian Grand Prix could determine whether Red Bull decide to stick with Renault, who powered them to all their Formula One championships, or switch to Honda engines from next season. 29 May 2018 06:45PM Bookmark LONDON: The Canadian Grand Prix could determine whether Red Bull decide to stick with Renault, who powered them to all their Formula One championships, or switch to Honda engines from next season.Team boss Christian Horner said after Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix, won by his Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo, that a decision would have to be made by "end of June, beginning of July"."We're waiting with great interest to see the relative performance of engines in Montreal in two weeks' time," he added.Canada, on June 10, is the seventh round of the 21-race season and both manufacturers are planning to bring major upgrades to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.Red Bull, whose Renault engines are branded Tag Heuer, have won twice this season but have had a rocky … [Read more...] about Canada could be key for Red Bull’s engine decision
Technology China's biggest ride-sharing company Didi Chuxing said on Friday it would halt its business in China for one week following the death of a passenger that has raised questions about safety. 11 May 2018 05:55PM (Updated: 11 May 2018 06:20PM) Bookmark (Correct to show company suspending just one service)BEIJING: China's biggest ride-sharing company Didi Chuxing said on Friday it would halt one of its services, which it calls "ride-hitching", in China for a week following the death of a passenger that has raised questions about safety.The company said it would suspends its Hitch service - a pooling service for passengers and drivers going to the same destination - from Saturday nationwide, and would start checks on drivers.A female passenger was killed in Zhengzhou city last week and the company apologized amid a public outcry.(Reporting by Pei Li and Cate Cadell; Editing by Darren Schuettler) … [Read more...] about Corrected: Didi says to halt ‘ride-hitching’ in China for a week for driver checks
Business Uber Technologies Inc on Tuesday unveiled a new app for its drivers that includes a real-time earnings tracker, the latest effort by the ride-hailing service to improve an often contentious relationship. 11 Apr 2018 01:05AM Bookmark REUTERS: Uber Technologies Inc on Tuesday unveiled a new app for its drivers that includes a real-time earnings tracker, the latest effort by the ride-hailing service to improve an often contentious relationship.The move follows Uber's '180 days of change' program that was launched last June to make changes requested by drivers, such as tipping and compensation for the time spent waiting for passengers."While 180 Days was about correcting missteps of the past, we also needed to think longer term, and the obvious place to start was the Driver app," Chief Executive Officer Dara Khosrowshahi said in a statement.The new app will also introduce a new status bar to help drivers decide their next location based on a spike in requests, along … [Read more...] about Uber launches new app for drivers
VARCES-ALLIÈRES-ET-RISSET, France: A hunt was underway Thursday for a man who tried to ram his car into soldiers jogging near their barracks in southeast France, without causing any injuries, the army said. The man first threatened a group of soldiers who were out jogging at around 8am (0600 GMT, 2pm Malaysia) in Varces-Allieres-et-Risset, near Grenoble, and later tried to run down another group of soldiers returning from a jog, army spokesman Colonel Benoit Brulon told AFP. "The soldiers managed to get up onto the pavement without being hit," Brulon said. The driver, whose motives were unknown, then sped off. Military sources later said a woman was also in the vehicle. Prosecutors in Grenoble said the car had fake license plates, adding that it was not being treated as a terrorist attack for the moment. Police sealed off the area and began a search for the driver and the woman, while the army stepped up security around the barracks, which houses members of the 27th mountain … [Read more...] about Hunt underway for driver who tried to ram French soldiers (Updated)