This is a clear sign that the sharing economy isn’t in its infancy anymore.
Lyft is only now becoming a real threat to Uber. It seems premature to seek an exit.
Self-driving cars -- with passengers. Uber will start to test them and also announced it has acquired technology startup Otto, which focuses on self-driving trucks. Uber's vision is obviously multi-modal.
Legions of techies developing algorithms for self-driving cars are based in Silicon Valley and Detroit automakers are doing deals to tap into that talent. Meanwhile, Michigan is trying to develop a startup/tech culture of its own and isn't ceding anything to Google and Uber.
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.
Thousands of drivers have registered for Uber in economically distressed Puerto Rico. The judge's ruling, which states that the ride-sharing company should be treated in Puerto Rico like it is in 33 states and 70 U.S. cities, and not like traditional taxis gives Uber room to grow on the tourism-dependent island.
A wave of consolidation in China, with Didi Chuxing acquiring Uber's China operations, and Ctrip taking control of rivals Qunar and eLong, means that the era of insane levels of discounting is coming to a close.
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.
Now that Uber has all but turned its back on China and conceded that giant market to Didi Chuxing through their new partnership it has more time and money to focus on taking away U.S. market share from Lyft.
Blacklane is looking to bring more traditional, and professional, car service offerings to the on-demand ground transportation space in markets like Asia.