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Category / Ride Hailing Apps

Lyft tests a bunch of ‘all-access’ subscription plans for frequent users

Some frequent Lyft users are being offered monthly subscription plans. The plans have been tested at different price points for the past few months, offering “free” rides for a lump sum up front. Rides are capped at $15, so this is for short, frequent trips — not long-distance trips to the airport. SEE ALSO: The...CONTINUE READING

Why ride-hailing app Fasten couldn’t make it against the big players

What a difference a year makes, especially for up and coming ride-hailing app Fasten. Last year the tech, media, and music conference South by Southwest was a ride-hailing nightmare, with Uber and Lyft no longer operating in Austin, Texas, over issues with fingerprint background check requirements. This gave smaller wannabe ride apps the perfect opportunity...CONTINUE READING

Pennsylvania attorney general sues Uber over 2016 data breach

Uber’s bad days are far from over. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro sued Uber on Monday for not disclosing a massive data breach for more than a year after it occurred in 2016.  Shapiro’s lawsuit alleged that Uber violated Pennsylvania state law by not notifying customers within a “reasonable amount of time,” The Hill reported....CONTINUE READING

Lyft follows Uber further into healthcare market with rides for patients

Ride-hailing apps are helping riders get to the doctor’s office — and dipping into the lucrative healthcare market. Uber recently announced a new program to get patients to doctor’s appointments, and this week, fellow ride-hailing app Lyft is partnering with an electronic health records company to give 2,500 hospitals a platform to request rides for...CONTINUE READING

Report: Most Uber, Lyft drivers make below minimum wage

Surprise! Lyft and Uber drivers don’t make much money.  Specifically, their median hourly wage is a whopping $3.37, according to a a paper published by MIT’s Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research, which compiled over 1,100 drivers’ data from the United States Environmental Protection Agency and Kelly Blue Book, and estimates from Edmunds.  SEE...CONTINUE READING

Uber CEO just hired his number two. Yes, it’s a man.

Uber just hired a new second-in-command. Barney Harford, former CEO of online travel site Orbitz, is joining Uber as chief operating officer, Uber announced on Wednesday.  SEE ALSO: Uber’s new CEO says he banned employees from using secure messaging apps for Uber business Filling that position has been a long-time coming for the ride-hailing giant....CONTINUE READING

Uber just made its biggest move yet to adopt self-driving cars

Uber just made a deal that will boost its self-driving efforts in a big way as well as signal a shift in the way the company operates.  The company announced a partnership with Volvo where it would buy “tens of thousands” of self-driving vehicles from the Swedish automaker, deploying them from 2019-2020. The exact terms...CONTINUE READING

Lyft enlists team of live-streaming experts to work on apps

Lyft has something new that isn’t exactly shiny or directly car-related. Uber’s largest competitor in the U.S. has hired 12 live-streaming video experts to focus on both the driver and passenger apps.  SEE ALSO: Lyft is finally going international The new hires come from Kamcord, a live video app that launched in 2012 as a...CONTINUE READING
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