Cars

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.

3 months ago

UK Judges Tell Uber It’s Kidding Itself That It’s Not a Taxi Service

UK Judges Tell Uber It’s Kidding Itself That It’s Not a Taxi Service

Jeremy Hodges and Jeremy Kahn, Bloomberg

A victory of common sense over the worst kind of Silicon Valley BS. Far too many companies want to say they are something they are not in order to avoid responsibility to both employees and customers.

3 months 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.

3 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.

3 months ago

Chinese Rules To Bar 80 Percent of Ride-Sharing Cars in Shanghai

Chinese Rules To Bar 80 Percent of Ride-Sharing Cars in Shanghai

Lulu Yilun Chen, Bloomberg

The bureaucrats in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen are taking dramatic steps to reduce the number of ride-sharing company Didi Chuxing's drivers and cars. With the degree of pollution in cities such as Beijing, the crackdown isn't entirely without merit. Nor is it the last word on the subject, though, as there is a lot of demand for these services.

3 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.

4 months ago

Ford-Backed Self-Driving Car Startup In Talks for Big Funding Round

Ford-Backed Self-Driving Car Startup In Talks for Big Funding Round

Yoolim Lee, Bloomberg

It looks like self-driving cars are actually going to happen. There will be plenty of winners and losers among the various competitors. The disruption will impact lots of people who drive for a living. Meanwhile, we hope pedestrians will be OK.

4 months ago

Waze Doesn’t Want You to Get Lost When You Lose Your GPS Signal in Tunnels

Waze Doesn’t Want You to Get Lost When You Lose Your GPS Signal in Tunnels

Michael Liedtke, Associated Press

We have to ask: why didn't anyone think of this sooner?

4 months ago

Uber Wants to Negotiate After Judge Rejects Settlement With Calif. Drivers

Uber Wants to Negotiate After Judge Rejects Settlement With Calif. Drivers

Kartikay Mehrotra, Bloomberg

Now that Uber's low-ball offer to settle with its California drivers has been tossed out, the ride-sharing giant will try to avoid going to court once again.

4 months ago

Audi Launches Rent by Hour Plan in Hong Kong and Looks to Gridlocked Beijing

Audi Launches Rent by Hour Plan in Hong Kong and Looks to Gridlocked Beijing

Bloomberg

The race is on for auto manufacturers and car rental companies to adapt to on-demand ride-sharing and other mobile services. Audi is the latest carmaker to get involved although China could turn out to be a tough market to break into.

5 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.

5 months ago

Uber Is Setting New Records for Losing Money Quickly

Uber Is Setting New Records for Losing Money Quickly

Eric Newcomer, Bloomberg

Uber can be huge and it is transformative, but it will be near impossible to live up to the lofty valuations it has used to raise more and more money. Especially as it reaches a saturation point in the U.S. while still losing cash.

5 months ago