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Chicago plans app so taxis can compete with Uber

Chicago plans app so taxis can compete with Uber
The measure was part of a package including financial supports for taxis, such as fee breaks, passed by the city council on Wednesday.

A union that has expanded into cab drivers and organized Chicago this year pushed hard for the package, which had the support of Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “We have found a way to level the playing field,” between cabs and ridesharing services, said City Councilman Emma Mitts, a co-sponsor of the ordinance.

Uber’s app to let mobile phone users summon drivers is growing fast around the world, but concerns over fair competition with cabs, the safety of Uber drivers and Uber’s use of data about riders, recently has led to questions and government measures, including bans on Uber service, in parts of India, Thailand and some U.S. cities. Uber declined to comment directly on the Chicago plans, while saying that its efficiency and safety were superior to those of the taxi industry. The Chicago ordinance commits the city to develop the app.
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