Downloads of the Uber app in Turkey has risen fivefold in 10 days amid tensions between traditional taxicab drivers and Uber drivers, daily Habertürk reported on March 21.
TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry on Monday launched studies to put flying cars into practical use.
The ministry intends to promote technological development and work out legislation through public-private cooperation for such futuristic vehicles, ministry officials said.
Uber suspended all of its self-driving testing on March 19 after what is believed to be the first fatal pedestrian crash involving the vehicles.
The government plans to come together with representatives from Uber and taxi associations in a bid to ease escalating tension between the two sides, Customs and Trade Minister Bülent Tüfenkci has said.
A group of taxi drivers gathered early on March 12 outside Istanbul’s Çağlayan Courthouse to protest against Uber ahead of the second hearing of a lawsuit opened against the transport company by the United Taxi Drivers Association.
Shots were fired at Uber vehicle in Istanbul’s Küçükçekmece district late on March 10, as tensions between taxi drivers and Uber drivers continue to rise in the city.