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.
The hemorrhaging of money will now stop, but can Uber be the most valuable unicorn in the world if it's conceding in China?
This seems like a win-win for the ridesharing companies and the car companies working with them. What's debatable is whether drivers really benefit, too.
If delays continue many travelers will not bother using the Chunnel which could hurt those that couldn't otherwise afford to travel.
You know it must be a rough battle if Uber is trying to make friendly. But considering the ambitions of both companies this would only be a temporary truce.
As app-based ride-hailing services become widespread in personal use, it's no surprise that corporate travel use is also increasing — even if some employers aren't fully on board yet.
The irony of this conversation, unfortunately for car services, is that ridesharing trips already account for nearly half of ground transportation spending expensed through U.S. companies. So the fingerpointing and recriminations continue.
Humans have a way of mucking up the works sometimes, especially when you're talking about the initial adoption of new technology like self-driving cars. The test and learn approach will one day solve this problem too.
Travel managers will have a lot to worry about going into next year; at least significantly higher prices likely won't be one of them.