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Toyota Investing $500 Million in Uber

Both companies aim to work together to solve the huge challenge of how to design and mass produce self-driving cars, which use computers, cameras and sensors to guide the vehicles

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Photo shows an exterior view of the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. (VOA)

Toyota will invest half a billion dollars into ride-sharing giant Uber as part of a deal for the two companies to work together on developing self-driving vehicles.

Toyota, one of the world’s largest car makers, is seen as lagging behind other companies, including General Motors and Google’s Waymo, in the autonomous-vehicle race.

Uber has already begun testing self-driving vehicles, but was forced to remove hundreds of autonomous cars from the road in March after one of its test vehicles struck and killed a pedestrian on a street in Tempe, Arizona.

The deal between Uber and Toyota is an indication that Uber does not want to go it alone in creating the complex, autonomous driving systems.

Self-driving cars have always been important to Uber, which sees them as a way to reduce the cost of carrying passengers. Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick had insisted on developing a proprietary self-driving system, however current CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has been working to develop more partnerships for the company.

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A visitor walks through a Toyota showroom in Tokyo, Aug. 3, 2018. (VOA)

Uber has been doing safety evaluations since the March crash that killed a 49-year-old woman as she walked her bicycle across the street. The company took a step in July toward relaunching its vehicle testing in Pittsburgh, putting its self-driving cars back on the road in manual mode.

Toyota has been cautious in its approach to self-driving vehicles and has focused on partial autonomous systems. However, the company says it plans to begin testing self-driving electric cars around 2020.

Both companies aim to work together to solve the huge challenge of how to design and mass produce self-driving cars, which use computers, cameras and sensors to guide the vehicles.

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Proponents of the new technology argue that self-driving cars will prove to be safer than human drivers because the cars will not get distracted and will obey all traffic laws.

Critics have expressed concern about the technology’s safety, including the ability of the autonomous technology to deal with unpredictable events. (VOA)

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Top 5 Ride Hailing Apps in India

The top 5 ride hailing apps in India from some of the best companies have made traveling and everyday commuting so easy. Choose the company and app that meets your need and enjoy a very comfortable and affordable ride in India

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Take a look at the Top 5 Ride Hailing Apps in India. Pixabay

Online ride booking apps in India have revolutionized travelling in the cities. Whether it’s the office, mall, airport, or anywhere in the city, hail a cab and travel in comfort. Thanks to the ever advancing technology, booking a cab has become so much easier and affordable for people.

Taxi services are one of the best ways to travel in India now. Smartphones have truly changed the way taxi services operate today. Apps have actually made things smoother. Within few minutes you can hail a cab using apps and enjoy the ride to your destination. Apps have become the perfect tool. Like so many things, there are so many ride hailing apps in India, but which ones are the best?

Here are the top 5 ride hailing apps in India:

Uber:

Uber is a premium ride booking service operating across the world. It is also one of the top cab booking services in India. It started in India in 2013 and operates in all major cities in India including Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore, and Mumbai. Its popularity is increasing and is now active in many smaller cities as well. For the regular commuters, it has become one of the best options.

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Photo shows an exterior view of the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. (VOA)

One of the key features of Uber is that it has so many options from vehicle choices to distance, to sharing the ride to various payment options. The app is easy to work with and you can easily track your ride live, access ride history and pay in cash or online. Uber coupons are available for booking ride at discount prices.

Ola:

With more than 6, 00,000 registered vehicles across India, Ola is one of the top ride hailing apps in India. It operates in all the major cities in India and more than 100 other cities across India. It requires simple registration with email or phone number and then you are ready to go anywhere you want.

You have the option of choosing the ride based on type of vehicle, sharing, prices and distance. It is available in Android and iOS platforms and has more than 50,000,000+ installs. You can imagine the popularity this ride hailing app. Use Ola Coupons to book ride at cheaper rates.  

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Founded in 2011, Ola has been competing against Uber in the ride-hailing market. IANS

Meru Cabs:

It is another top cab booking app providing services across the major cities in India including Mumbai and Delhi. It is also available in Android and iOS platforms and offer ease of use. Some of the features of the app includes easy map navigation, route tracking, ride history and more. It also has a wide range of vehicle choices for economic ride to luxury rides to special events. It was founded in 2007 and has a tie-up with French taxi service app ‘Taxis G7’ making it a global cab service provider. People looking for affordable ride in the city can rely on the Meru Cabs app for quick booking.  

Savaari Car Rentals:

Adding to the list of India’s growing online cab hailing app is the Savaari Car Rentals. It specializes in both outstation and within the city rides. For people looking to book affordable car rental for outstation traveling need, Savaari offers the best option.  Its app is available both in Android and iOS platforms. All you need to do is register, choose your destination, and confirm the rides. It also has a wide range of vehicle options that can accommodate traveling needs of small and large party. It is operating in more than 90 cities in India, and is expanding still.

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Carzonrenet:

Carzonenet is another major cab booking service in India. It offers easy ride services in major cities in India including Delhi where it originated. The ride hailing app is available in both Android and iOS platforms. It is available for both short and long distance bookings making it ideal for the Indian market. Its switch to the app version from phone booking has made booking even easier. One of the major highlights of Carzonrent is that it collaborated with Government of India’s “Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC)” in 2015 to provide easy taxi services. It offers flexible and affordable traveling solution with a wide range of vehicle choices.

Book your Ride with Easy to Use Apps

The top 5 ride hailing apps in India from some of the best companies have made traveling and everyday commuting so easy. Choose the company and app that meets your need and enjoy a very comfortable and affordable ride in India.