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Weekend round-up

Some stories you may have missed last week: Feds investigate Uber, Swiftly raises $2.5M, and Swiss railroad finds a sweet incentive.

Just two months after the New York Times reported that Uber used a tool called Greyball to evade regulators, Reuters reports that the U.S. Department of Justice has launched a criminal investigation into the practice.  Both Uber and the Justice Department declined to comment. Link to full story in Reuters.

Swiftly, the San-Francisco based company that provides data analytics and real-time passenger information, has raised $2.5 million to support existing U.S. partnerships and expand internationally. The funding round was led by Via ID (Mobivia) with participation from RATP Dev, Ford Smart Mobility LLC, and Samsung NEXT. Link to Swiftly blog post.

Sometimes technology is not the answer.  Swiss federal railway SBB is launching a new initiative to speed up passenger boarding.  The railroad wants train operators to stop at the same location along the platform each time they pull into a station so passengers know where to wait. To sweeten the deal, SBB will give drivers who comply with the new approach a gift of chocolate as a “small token.” Link to full story in The Local.

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