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The European Union’s top court has ruled that Uber should be regulated like a transportation service. That means the ride-sharing service must comply with tough rules that govern traditional taxi associations.
[theverge.com, By Thuy Ong, Dec 20, 2017] The European Union’s top court has ruled that Uber should be regulated like a transportation service. That means the ride-sharing service must comply with tough rules that govern traditional taxi associations. Uber had argued that it’s a technology platform that connects independent drivers with passengers. The landmark ruling will require Uber to treat its drivers more like employees. The decision cannot be appealed.
“The service provided by Uber connecting individuals with non-professional drivers is covered by services in the field of transport,” the EU Court of Justice ruled on Wednesday. The EU’s 28 member states “can therefore regulate the conditions for providing that service.”
Uber had already been forced to abandon its UberPop service in several major European countries. Instead it offers UberX which operates using professionally licensed drivers. “This ruling will not change things in most EU countries where we already operate under transportation law,” said an Uber spokesperson in response to the ruling.
The case is a culmination from over five years of disputes between the ride-sharing company and various taxi associations across Europe. Taxi groups have argued that Uber undercuts their business and should be subject to the same rules and regulations that they are. The tension has sparkedviolent protests in the past.
The ruling could also set an important precedent affecting companies that operate in the gig economy like Foodora and Deliveroo, where workers are paid on a freelance basis or through short term contracts. The European Commission has previously said it wants to create a regulatory framework for the sharing economy, and the World Bank notes that temporary workers in the EU earn an average of 14 percent less than those with open-ended contracts.
JD.com and real estate developer China Overseas Land & Investment Ltd (COLI) plan to open hundreds of unmanned convenience stores, Quartz reports.
Utilizing ceiling cameras that use facial recognition technology to identify customers, as well as image recognition and heat mapping to track their movements and item selections!
The Port of Moerdijk is the fourth largest seaport in the Netherlands. This port is important not only as a European transportation hub, connecting the Netherlands to the rest of the world but also as an industry terrain home to hundreds of companies. Because many businesses located here continue working around the clock, there is a need to keep the terrain well-illuminated at all hours to make sure the visitors and employees always feel safe and comfortable.
However, the Port of Moerdijk aims to evolve into one of the most sustainable ports in Europe and make its outdoor facilities energy-neutral by 2030, which requires focusing the attention on energy conservation. Because a large share of the electricity consumption goes into powering outdoor lighting at the port’s industry terrain, optimizing outdoor illumination is key to achieving the Port’s energy and sustainability targets.
Bitcoin's phenomenal rise this year may be making speculators very rich, but some observers say it's terrible for the environment.
Critics say the cryptocurrency is a "fraud" and they warn of a bubble. Environmentalists worry about another risk -- that it's seriously hurting efforts to combat climate change.
"Bitcoin is slowing the effort to achieve a rapid transition away from fossil fuels," meteorologist Eric Holthaus wrote in an article on environmental news site Grist this week.
[HN- Adéla Očenášková] V rámci letních olympijských her v roce 2020 se Japonsko chystá představit nový vysokorychlostní vlak typu maglev. Stroj "letící" nad kolejemi bude pro některé japonské cestující do budoucna dokonce výhodnější než letadlo.
[technative.io]Around the world, companies focused on artificial intelligence are generating buzz.
Although established companies are investing heavily into AI, many fairly new organisations are securing funding and focusing on products that could be truly revolutionary. Here are some companies to keep an eye on.
[Goh Sui Noi China Bureau Chief In Beijing] Smart technology cannot replace wise planning in building a city, Singapore's former master planner, Mr Liu Thai Ker has said.
Many young planners put blind faith in technology, thinking that knowledge of technology is enough to plan a city well, and this is the reason why urban environments do not do well, he said yesterday at a forum in Beijing.
[April 20, 2018 by Christine Steinmetz, The Conversation] Smart cities, digital cities, virtual cities, connected cities. Are these just trendy buzzwords? Perhaps. But these types of cities are supported by infrastructure that is more than bricks and mortar.