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FCL Lunchtalk: Transforming Urban Mobility: Ride-hailing’s Global Reach

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Value Lab Asia, Singapore-ETH Centre

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FCL Lunchtalk: Transforming Urban Mobility: Ride-hailing’s Global Reach


Urban transportation is currently undergoing dramatic change, including the emergence of ride-hailing as a relatively new, disruptive mobility option. While at first it may have appeared that ride-hailing was focused on disrupting the taxi industry, it is now evident that disruptions associated with ride-hailing are connected to wide ranging transformations in urban mobility. These include a move towards mobility as a service, efforts to reduce reliance on private automobiles and associated negative impacts, and the convergence of ride-hailing with autonomous vehicle technology.

Since 2012, 12 ride-hailing firms have reached a market valuation of $1B or more. In addition, major auto manufacturers and technology companies are now actively engaged in this space. This presentation will trace the brief history of ride-hailing and its connection to innovation, regulation and cities; the emergence of a global network of ride-hailing firms in which headquarters and R&D activities are highly concentrated; and the entrance of major automotive manufacturers and big tech firms as investors, partners and innovators in this field. It provides a glimpse into the ways in which this transition is impacting urban change by presenting a preliminary typology and profiles that characterize ride-hailing’s global reach.


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Shauna Brail is Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Urban Studies Program at the University of Toronto. As an economic geographer, her research focuses on the transformation of cities as a result of economic, social and cultural change. Her current research examines the transformations taking place in urban mobility, particularly focused on the emergence and shifting strategies of ride-hailing firms. From 2015-2018, Brail was the Presidential Advisor on Urban Engagement, and worked both within and outside of the university to develop partnerships and support initiatives which enhanced the university’s strategic priority of leveraging our location(s).

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