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  • Uber profits from being banned in Germany
  • Uber profits from being banned in Germany
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Uber profits from being banned in Germany

Car sharing giant Uber is starting to look unstoppable - banning it only makes its stronger. The company reported a 590% increase in downloads in the month after a German court banned the app. Is it simply about publicity, or do people just love an underdog?



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    The city of Wiesbaden is the least bike-friendly city in Germany, thanks to bike-hostile infrastructure and a lack of respect for cyclists. Radwende, a crowdsourced journey-plotting app, aims to gather big data on cycle routes to improve city planning.

  • Article image How Uber fulfils our ‘I want it now’ culture

    Push for a pizza, swipe for a cleaner and tap for a taxi. The rise of apps like Uber is facilitating the culture of ‘I want it, and I want it now’. For digital-savvy city-dwellers from London to Beijing, everything you need – from your dinner to a ride home – is just an app away.

  • Article image Seoul Sharing City: borrow from your neighbours

    Seoul has embraced peer-to-peer businesses and become the sharing economy’s model city. Now, the Sharing City initiative is turning it into a blueprint for city governance. But what makes Seoul ideal for this experiment? And what’s really driving Koreans to embrace sharing?

  • Article image Why Generation Y won’t take the wheel

    The desire to own and drive your own car used to be a life-defining characteristic for young Brits – but its importance is fading. And it’s the same case in other countries too, from the US and Germany to Japan and Australia. But why? And how is the car industry responding?