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They have always tried this concept with some (but arguable) success with taxis and also airport shuttles. At airports, near baggage claim and arrival areas, they have computer kiosks where you tap some buttons to order your transport.
Most reverted back to phone handset with no buttons. You just pick up and an operator picks up. It may be a taxi company or hotel who will send you a car
I think the problem is that it isn’t consistent across airports and it never made it into the common routine of travelers. People rather get in lines for buses and taxis. It felt more natural to them.
This is why Uber and Lyft rules are not called rules but are more like, “guidelines”, “terms”, and “policies.” All loose terms.
They do maintain the right to deactivate you for any reason though.
“A woman commits tax fraud after taking her fifth Lyft ride.”
I wonder if there is a right wing propaganda built into this one
I think this is happening because “Uber” and “Lyft” are good keywords and editor knows it. It sounds better, does better on the news feeds and social media, and catches people’s attention.
What’s sneaky is that the headline can be read in so many different ways, and they know they can get away with it. They make sure it’s technically true but ignore the story it implies. “...after taking Lyft ride.”
Definitely to do with the payment option. I got mine to work eventually. Thanks, man. Not sure why Uber has to build in such an elaborate check, but I’m glad it works now
You'd be big time raking it in if there was UberPickupTruck!
Something we all knew all along. For a $1 trips, there's on way the economics work out.
But there’s a dark side to scooter-sharing (and I’m not talking about the vandalism or the sidewalk clutter or even all those injured riders). The fundamental numbers don’t really add up because scooters don’t bring in enough money to cover their cost. Ride-sharing is wildly unsustainable, and if the business continues on its current path, it’s entirely possible that these scooters will end up in a mass graveyard like those viral photos from China.
Did you see this recent post?
Your passenger bailed on you? Nice to be that guy (or girl). Seems a bit irresponsible to flee the scene. (Maybe he could have been a witness.)
Profit? What profit? That isn't even the goal here for these companies. They won't make profits until they have won the marketshare and dominates the market as the sole survivor.
Welcome to the world of start-ups.
The taxi industry's demise is also attributed to drivers not uniting to do something about it. They were too distributed from city to city.
Couldn't fend off Uber with national presence.
I love the part of the story where they look down at this LED light and think, "Oh, this is what's important to people from California."
Of course he does. It's his car and he can set his own rules. People have a choice of not taking a ride if they don't like the rules. This is confirmed further by the fact that we are independent contractors.
It's legal to smoke in your car, have a pet in your car, and puke in your car, but you certainly can't and wouldn't in someone else.
I feel lik this Business Insider article will create this precedence. The history has been written folks. 10~20%. So, that'd be like $3~$6 for a $30 ride. Does that seem right?
Such responsibility that this BI article has. and I have a feeling they didn't put that much thought into it.
Uber brought technology revolution and an overhaul to an industry that was so distributed that they couldn't make any changes. I think they did an amazing thing to bring something the consumers wanted and making it available to all. That is some priceless stuff.
All new inventions will disrupt the markets. They did their job. Now it's up to the people and industry to fix it.
Well, you don't hear about the times they did intervene and prevented accidents.
and you saw TWO accidents.
I have to say this is what's so cool about Uber. I call one for him weekly for my grandpa to go visit his wife (my grandma). Every week until she gets better. I am thousands of miles from them but I get to help them because of this wonderful technology.
Yeah, I live in Manhattan and I haven't seen a pickup truck...period.