Aug 6, 2020

Uber to expand across UK with Autocab takeover

PA Uber has agreed to buy its biggest UK rival Autocab, which operates a ride-booking app for independent minicab companies throughout the country. It said the takeover would let it connect people with mini-cab firms in cities where Uber itself does not have drivers. Uber is currently available in 40 towns and cities in the UK. Autocab initially started out as a radio supply business. Passengers using the Uber app in a UK town where there are no Uber drivers will be able to seamlessly book a private hire car instead. "Through Autocab's iGo marketplace, Uber will be able to connect these riders with local operators who choose to take their booking," the company said in a blog post. Uber said Autocab would "Remain independent" following the acquisition, and maintain its own board of directors.

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