An Uber car transporting execs for app company Eventbrite was attacked during a trip in Paris, indicating that the row between cab drivers and ride-sharing services could be heading to a rather dark place.
The attackers, believed by Uber to be disgruntled cabbies, slashed two of the car's tires, broke windows and dumped glue on the body. One of the passengers was cut during the incident, although Autoblog's sister site, Engadget, reports the Uber driver escaped before before the attackers could get into the car.
We last reported on the battle between ride-sharing apps and traditional cabs two weeks ago, when a change in French law required ride-sharing apps to wait a minimum of 15 minutes after receiving a reservation to pick up their fare. The change in the law was endorsed by cab drivers, who think Uber and other apps have an unfair advantage.
Engadget reports that the law will likely be changed, according to a report in the humorously named Rude Baguette. Apparently, the 15-minute rule was passed by a presidential decree, which is subject to different anti-competition standards.
For its part, Uber condemned the attack in a statement, which you can read below.
Unfortunately, I can confirm this morning's incident in Paris occurred and we strongly condemn this severe violence two of our riders and our partner were confronted with.
First and foremost, we are relieved that all involved are safe and ok. Also, we would like to praise our partner who has shown great courage and professionalism, focusing on getting his customers out of a very challenging situation as swiftly as possible.
That the taxis chose to use violence today is unacceptable, that they chose to strike is their business. However, Parisians also have a choice when it comes to moving around in their cities, and today's incident will certainly not tempt Parisians into choosing a taxi for their next ride. Safety, reliability and choice, not violence, are what continues to draw customers towards private hire vehicles.