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Articles tagged “lyft”

Lyft Is Ditching the Pink Moustache for Light-up Beacons

Lyft Is Ditching the Pink Moustache for Light-up Beacons

Associated Press

Lyft is still just a small competitor compared to Uber, but improvements to the user experience should help the company gain more customers. At some point, function becomes way more important than cute branding.

3 weeks ago

Some Uber and Lyft Drivers Drop Riders Based on Race, MIT Study Finds

Some Uber and Lyft Drivers Drop Riders Based on Race, MIT Study Finds

Eric Newcomer, Bloomberg

Uber and Lyft have done a ton to blunt taxi industry racism by serving minority neighborhoods but at the same time some Uber and Lyft drivers, like many taxi drivers, are guilty of racist practices when it comes to avoiding minority customers. Like Airbnb, Uber and Lyft need to do something fast to address the problem, which is endemic in the ground-transportation industry.

1 month ago

Traditional Car Services Won’t Disappear From Corporate Travel Anytime Soon

Traditional Car Services Won’t Disappear From Corporate Travel Anytime Soon

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

While ridesharing has gained solid traction in corporate travel, the business model of traditional car services providing ground transportation to companies is still strong. What remains to be seen is whether car services will widely adopt more user-friendly interfaces for hailing cars on demand.

2 months ago

Uber and Lyft’s Growth Is Slowing in Most Major U.S. Cities

Uber and Lyft’s Growth Is Slowing in Most Major U.S. Cities

Dan Peltier, Skift

Ridesharing growth in the U.S. is slowing but it's not stopping. If Uber, Lyft and other relevant players can stick to the markets and consumer segments that matter they'll continue to capture them.

2 months ago

Is Uber’s Huge Commission Rate a Red Flag and Opportunity for Competitors?

Is Uber’s Huge Commission Rate a Red Flag and Opportunity for Competitors?

Shira Ovide, Bloomberg

Uber's high commissions -- which piss off drivers -- represent an opportunity for competitors, although Lyft's take rate is roughly on par with Uber's. At some point, Uber might need to hurt its own bottom line by being more generous with its drivers -- especially since driverless cars aren't around the corner.

2 months ago

Uber Loses Early Battle to Lyft Over Fake Ride Dirty Trick Claims

Uber Loses Early Battle to Lyft Over Fake Ride Dirty Trick Claims

Joel Rosenblatt, Bloomberg

Arbitration requirements by tech upstarts are an insult to their users — both drivers and passengers alike.

3 months ago

Google Challenging Uber With New Waze-Powered Ride-Share Service

Google Challenging Uber With New Waze-Powered Ride-Share Service

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Google-owned Waze is a compelling navigation app, but whether Google can turn it into the foundation for a winning ride-share service will have to be tested in the marketplace over the next few months and years. Google is a latecomer to the field, although the sector is likely to undergo more disruption and a revolution in years to come.

3 months ago

The IRS Makes It Easier to Pay Taxes on Uber and Airbnb Income

The IRS Makes It Easier to Pay Taxes on Uber and Airbnb Income

Deanna Ting, Skift

This is a clear sign that the sharing economy isn’t in its infancy anymore.

4 months ago

Uber Tells Investors It Won’t Get in Any Lyft Bidding War

Uber Tells Investors It Won’t Get in Any Lyft Bidding War

Eric Newcomer, Bloomberg

Lyft is only now becoming a real threat to Uber. It seems premature to seek an exit.

4 months ago

Uber and Lyft Work With Cities to Replace Public Buses

Uber and Lyft Work With Cities to Replace Public Buses

Joshua Brustein, Bloomberg

Uber and Lyft could be part of urban innovation plans to streamline public transit but increased traffic and fumes could be a roadblock in some cases.

4 months ago

Rental Car Execs Say Business Is Strong Despite Brexit and Terror

Rental Car Execs Say Business Is Strong Despite Brexit and Terror

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Car rental companies have bounced back in the last year by becoming smarter about how they reach customers and invest in technology.

4 months ago

Driver Unionization at Uber and Lyft Escapes a Court Challenge

Driver Unionization at Uber and Lyft Escapes a Court Challenge

Robert Burnson, Bloomberg

It isn't often that you see an organization such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce come to the defense of ride-sharing companies that compete with more established car-rental and taxi interests out of concern about unionization efforts at these sharing-economy companies. Lyft and Uber are finding friends in all kinds of crazy places.

4 months ago