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New Research Finds Near-Universal Acceptance of Ridesharing Among Business Travelers

New Research Finds Near-Universal Acceptance of Ridesharing Among Business Travelers

Lyft + Skift

Ridesharing is now the norm for business travelers. As evidenced by Skift’s new survey on corporate travel ground transportation habits, it’s now widely embraced by business travelers from organizations across all industries and company sizes.

2 days ago

Lyft Looks to Sustainability as Another Differentiator From Uber

Lyft Looks to Sustainability as Another Differentiator From Uber

Eric Newcomer, Bloomberg

Competing on sustainability is the next phase in Lyft's effort to market itself as a wholesome alternative to the dastardly Uber. We'd like to see some concrete details on the company's eco-friendly efforts beyond just a blog post, though.

4 days ago

Uber Boosts Its D.C. Lobbying Spend Under CEO Dara Khosrowshahi

Uber Boosts Its D.C. Lobbying Spend Under CEO Dara Khosrowshahi

Naomi Nix, Bloomberg

CEO Dara Khosrowshahi inherited a slew of problems when he joined Uber as CEO last year. So it's no surprise the money it spends for lobbying in Washington is on the rise. But half a million dollars a quarter is still paltry compared to what other technology giants shell out. Lots of work remains to repair Uber's tarnished image, and that means more dollars will need to be spent in the nation's capital.

4 days ago

Ola Pushes for a Million Electric Vehicles on India’s Roads by 2021

Ola Pushes for a Million Electric Vehicles on India’s Roads by 2021

Saritha Rai, Bloomberg

Making this push toward electric ridesharing vehicles might be expensive, but it could really help improve the air quality in the world's second-most populous country.

1 week ago

FTC Chastises Uber for Breach of Personal Information Impacting 20 Million Users

FTC Chastises Uber for Breach of Personal Information Impacting 20 Million Users

Todd Shields, Bloomberg

We've seen this across many industries: systems get hacked and the affected companies sit on the information and delay informing their customers. Uber has to do way better than this. Amazon likely has some culpability in this latest incident, too, as it was storing Uber customer information.

2 weeks ago

Uber Looks to End Pay and Harassment Issues With $10 Million Settlement

Uber Looks to End Pay and Harassment Issues With $10 Million Settlement

Peter Blumberg, Bloomberg

Uber could get out from under a bunch of legal issues related to women charging everything from unequal pay to harassment if a judge okays a proposed settlement on Tuesday. If Uber can put these problems behind it, all eyes will be on whether it has learned its lesson going forward.

2 weeks ago

Lyft Doubles Down on Subscriptions to Keep Users Away From Uber

Lyft Doubles Down on Subscriptions to Keep Users Away From Uber

Emily Chang and Eric Newcomer, Bloomberg

Lyft is experimenting as Uber continues to be beset by setbacks. Using a subscription to lock a user to your service is a shrewd move, but it seems unlikely that price-sensitive U.S. consumers will be willing to plunk down hundreds of dollars in advance each month to either player.

3 weeks ago

Google’s Waymo Enters Self-Driving Car Luxury Sector With Jaguar Purchases

Google’s Waymo Enters Self-Driving Car Luxury Sector With Jaguar Purchases

Associated Press

Waymo isn't wasting any time as Uber's self-driving efforts have come under fire; it wants to establish itself as the leader in the automated vehicle space long before the technology eventually goes mainstream.

4 weeks ago

Uber Sells Southeast Asian Operation to Grab in Yet Another Foreign Exit

Uber Sells Southeast Asian Operation to Grab in Yet Another Foreign Exit

Yoolim Lee and Eric Newcomer, Bloomberg

The Southeast Asia sale to Grab follows Uber's exits in China and Russia as the company tries to get profitable ahead of an initial public offering. Uber retains stakes in these operations so one day it will share in the wealth.

1 month ago

Uber Suspends Testing After Self-Driving Car Kills Pedestrian

Uber Suspends Testing After Self-Driving Car Kills Pedestrian

Mark Bergen, Bloomberg

It was only a matter of time until an accident created a public conversation about the dangers of self-driving cars. Now that we're here, the backlash could force Uber, Waymo, and others to reexamine the safety of their autonomous vehicles.

1 month ago

Uber Drivers in Istanbul Face Cabbie Harassment and Violence

Uber Drivers in Istanbul Face Cabbie Harassment and Violence

Cagan Koc and Ugur Yilmaz, Bloomberg

Should Uber be regulated as a transport company and be subject to the same rules as ordinary taxis? It may be some time until the world reaches a consensus. Meanwhile, Uber drivers face bodily harm by protestors in Istanbul.

1 month ago

Uber’s Retreat From Southeast Asia Is Coming Soon

Uber’s Retreat From Southeast Asia Is Coming Soon

Shira Ovide, Bloomberg

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi says the company isn't going to back down in Southeast Asia, even though Uber has already lost out to Grab in the region. It already succumbed in a battle for China, so admitting defeat in Southeast Asia would represent a major blow to its growth prospects.

1 month ago