How Do Uber and Lyft Work And Why Should I Even Care?

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Chances are you’ve heard the term “ridesharing” floating around lately, as rivals Uber and Lyft work themselves into a froth trying to outdo each other. But depending on where you live and what your transportation needs are — maybe you own a car or taxis are readily available on-demand through local services — you could have no clue what these companies actually do. And you might not care, but if you don’t have a car and need to where a car can take you, you should know your options. [More]

Germany Un-Bans UberPop, Ride-Sharing Rolls On

Germany Un-Bans UberPop, Ride-Sharing Rolls On

Uber is a smartphone app that connects people in need of a ride with drivers willing to accept money in exchange for rides. Or it’s a fancied-up taxi dispatch service that’s out to destroy the world’s livery services. What it is depends on who you ask. Germany’s taxi drivers asked the Frankfurt Regional Court, which this week allowed Uber to do business in Germany again. [More]

Lawsuit Claims Some Uber Drivers Discriminate Against The Blind, Put Service Dog In The Trunk

Lawsuit Claims Some Uber Drivers Discriminate Against The Blind, Put Service Dog In The Trunk

When you’ve got somewhere to go, it’s awfully convenient to have a car arrive to take you there. But the National Federation of the Blind says not everyone is enjoying the right to get where they’re going with Uber, claiming in a federal civil rights lawsuit that the company’s drivers have refused to pick up blind customers, and in one case, allegedly put a service dog in the car’s trunk. [More]

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Hailo Enlists The Help Of “The Rent Is Too Damn High” Guy In Anti-Uber Campaign

When two companies are competitive, there’s something to be said about making your side of the battle highly visible to the public. And how do you do that? Hire a celebrity, or if you’re car service app Hailo, get the former New York mayoral and gubernatorial candidate otherwise known as the “The Rent Is Too Damn High” guy to take shots at Uber’s rates. [More]

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GetTaxi Offering $10 Flat Fees For All Rides In Manhattan For The Rest Of The Year

Another on-demand car service has fired a shot in the war with Uber and Lyft for customers — GetTaxi, also known as Gett, is offering a $10 flat fee for any and all riders in Manhattan through the end of the year. [More]

Business At Uber In Germany Is Booming, Thanks To Publicity From Ban

Business At Uber In Germany Is Booming, Thanks To Publicity From Ban

Yesterday, we shared the news that ride-sharing service Uber had been banned in Germany. The company’s service that lets people summon a limo with a smartphone was fine, but the peer-to-peer, lower-cost UberPop service had to stop accepting passengers under a temporary injunction. A strange thing happened when this story hit the news, though: people in Germany thought that this UberPop thing sounded like a great idea, and started hailing rides. [More]

Germany Bans Uber’s Ride-Sharing Service, Threatens $328,225 Fine Per Ride

Germany Bans Uber’s Ride-Sharing Service, Threatens $328,225 Fine Per Ride

When your company’s goal is to disrupt the entire livery industry, current taxi and other car-for-hire operators and livery regulators are not going to like you very much. The idea of a car-sharing service that connects non-professional drivers with strangers in need of rides horrifies regulators and existing professional drivers, and now UberPop (similar to UberX elsewhere) has been banned in Germany under penalty of a €250,000 ($328,225) fine. [More]

Uber Testing Prix Fixe Lunch Delivery Service Called UberFRESH

Uber Testing Prix Fixe Lunch Delivery Service Called UberFRESH

Not content with ferrying people or packages here and fro, Uber is now testing yet another service — lunch delivery. The service is rolling out just in the Santa Monica, Calif. area right now, the company says, and will be limited to the lunchtime hours. Because it’s lunch delivery. [More]

Uber Infiltrates Chicago Airports Thanks To Partnership With United Airlines

Uber Infiltrates Chicago Airports Thanks To Partnership With United Airlines

Airports have long been the domain of taxi cabs, limos, and licensed car services. Ride-sharing services haven’t really been able to break that stronghold, though some have tried. But travelers to one of America’s busiest airports may soon have new options as a result of a new arrangement between United Airlines and Uber. [More]

Uber Testing On-Demand Delivery Service “Corner Store” In D.C.

Uber Testing On-Demand Delivery Service “Corner Store” In D.C.

Uber has already dipped its toes into the world of delivery service. First with limited-time deliveries of sometimes-melted ice cream and cuddly kittens. Now the service aims to provide everyday items for consumers who just can’t make it to one of the many convenience stores littering the nation’s capital.  [More]

Lyft Claims Uber Employees Requested Then Canceled 5,600 Rides

Lyft Claims Uber Employees Requested Then Canceled 5,600 Rides

People cancel car service requests for any number of reasons – change of plans, not ready in time, trying to sabotage the company. Wait, what? Officials with ride-sharing service Lyft allege that reps for rival company Uber attempted to hurt Lyft by requesting-and-canceling thousands of rides. [More]

Uber And Lyft Now Open For Business In Houston

Uber And Lyft Now Open For Business In Houston

When Uber and Lyft opened for business in Houston, the same thing happened that has happened in many cities with existing livery industries: taxi companies freaked out and sought help from the city government. Now both ride-sharing services are open for business in the city, with some additional rules in place that are intended to help traditional taxi companies compete with them. [More]

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Uber’s New “UberPool” Sets Users Up With Strangers To Share A Ride, Split The Cost

Zipping around town telling a car where to go is a lovely luxury and all, but let’s face it — not everyone can afford to pay for a solo drive all the time. While you can already split rides with a friend traveling in your same car, soon Uber users will be able to share rides with perfect strangers using Uber Pool. [More]

Uber Passenger Complains Of Spider Bite In “Filthy” Car

Uber Passenger Complains Of Spider Bite In “Filthy” Car

On Friday, the state of North Carolina received its first complaint against the app-based ride-sharing service Uber. The customer’s complaint? His driver arrived late in a “filthy” vehicle, and there were spiders inside the car. Which bit him. The spiders, that is, not the car. As far as we know. [More]

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A Tale Of Two Uber Ice Creams: It Was The Best Of Times, It Was The Meltiest Of Times

I scream, you scream, we all want to make loud noises over that frozen dessert made of sweetened milk fat. So hearing that Uber is offering an on-demand ice cream delivery in certain cities today is no doubt quickening many hearts. But at $5 a pop, is the stuff even good? [More]

Three Men Allege They Were Kidnapped By Washington D.C. Uber Driver, Taken On 10-Minute High Speed Chase

Three Men Allege They Were Kidnapped By Washington D.C. Uber Driver, Taken On 10-Minute High Speed Chase

It’s not just Washington D.C., taxi drivers who allegedly kidnap passengers. Three out-of-town visitors allege they were kidnapped and taken on a high speed chase after hopping in an UberBlack car in the city earlier this week. [More]

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Uber Agrees To Not Gouge Riders During Emergencies & Natural Disasters

One of the nice things about ride-sharing services like Uber is that the company can compete against taxi cabs by charging decent rates. But the fact that Uber rates are dynamic and can go up in times of high demand means the door could be open to gouging in situations where other transportation options are not available. [More]

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Taxi Drivers Muck Up Traffic In European Streets To Protest Uber

Traditional taxi cab drivers in Europe have apparently found a natural enemy in Uber, the seem to have found a natural enemy in Uber, the on-demand car service connected to a smartphone app. In protest against their rivals, hundreds of taxi drivers clogged up traffic in the streets of London, Paris, Berlin and more. [More]