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Uber entices drivers back post-pandemic with $250 million stimulus

Despite the classification of ride-hail drivers as “essential workers” during the early days of the pandemic, last April  Uber’s business dropped by 80%. Drivers decided they’d rather not risk contracting or spreading COVID-19 for the measly revenue provided by the few rides per day they were getting, so when the federal CARES Act extended the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance to gig workers, many Uber drivers decided to hang up their keys.  With more than a quarter of the U.S. population a...
Tags: Transportation, Uber, Tech, Austin, Automotive, Rideshare, On-demand, Gig Economy, Ride Hailing, Phoenix, Uber Drivers, Gig workers, Philadelphia Austin Chicago Miami


Optimus Ride partners with Polaris to commercialize electric autonomous vehicles

Autonomous, electric mobility service provider Optimus Ride announced a partnership with powersports vehicle manufacturer Polaris to bring fully autonomous GEM electric vehicles to market. The two will introduce a new line of Polaris GEM low-speed vehicles that will be engineered to fully integrate Optimus Ride’s autonomous software and hardware suite. The microtransit vehicles are expected to come to market during the second half of 2023, when they’ll be deployed in geofenced, localized environ...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Electric Vehicle, Washington, Tech, Automotive, Gm, Brookfield, Ride Hailing, Polaris, Autonomous Vehicle, Northern Virginia, Boston Seaport, Optimus, Harrington, Brooklyn Navy Yard


South Africa’s FlexClub adds $5M to seed round to scale its car subscription marketplace

The traditional process of buying, insuring and financing cars across emerging markets can be challenging, and it defeats the purpose of building an all-around car shopping experience . Today, FlexClub, a South African company, has been provided with $5 million to improve drivers’ experience in these markets . FlexClub was founded in 2019 by Marlon Gallardo, Rudolf Vavruch and Tinashe Ruzane. The company is an online marketplace that connects customers looking for flexible acces...
Tags: Startups, TC, Transportation, Japan, Mexico, Southeast Asia, Funding, Nigeria, Africa, Wordpress, Tech, Automotive, South Africa, Avis, Emerging Markets, Kenya


Uber Asks CDC to Consider Drivers Essential, Wants Early Vaccinations

On Thursday, Uber Technologies made a request with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that its drivers be deemed essential and up first for the COVID-19 vaccination. While slightly presumptuous, it’s hardly the only business to make such a plea. Delivery services, the trucking industry, food producers, and more have asked the CDC […] The post Uber Asks CDC to Consider Drivers Essential, Wants Early Vaccinations appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Uber, Safety, Cdc, Government, Autos, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Ride-sharing, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC, Uber Technologies, News Blog, Ride-hailing, COVID, Ride-hailing Firms


U.S. Government Awards Huge Transportation Contract to Uber, Lyft

The General Services Administration (GSA), responsible for managing services for federal agencies, issued a five-year federal contract to Uber and Lyft. Confirmed by Veronica Juarez, Lyft’s vice president of social enterprise and government, on Monday, the deal estimated to be worth somewhere in the neighborhood of $810 million and allows the ride-hailing firms to offer […] The post U.S. Government Awards Huge Transportation Contract to Uber, Lyft appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Lyft, Uber, Government, Joe Biden, Autos, General Services Administration GSA, Uber Technologies, News Blog, Ride-hailing, Government Contracts, App-based Services, Veronica Juarez Lyft


Opinion: Uber’s Reserve Program is Mildly Troubling

Uber is launching a new feature that allows riders book trips up to 30 days in advance. While supposedly innovative, it smacks of desperation following years of multi-billion-dollar losses and an inability to account for pandemic-related lockdowns. The company reported a $1 billion loss in the third quarter of 2020, noting that gross bookings declined […] The post Opinion: Uber’s Reserve Program is Mildly Troubling appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Uber, Apps, Autos, Cabs, Ride-sharing, Uber Technologies, News Blog, Ride-hailing, Black Car Services, Uber Reserve, App-based Services, Ride-hailing Industry, Uber 's Reserve Program


Uber Drivers Sue, Claim Company Pressured Them to Support Prop 22

A small group of drivers are suing Uber over repetitive in-app messages from the company about Proposition 22, a ballot initiative it would very much like them to support. Considering the deluge of political messages you’re undoubtedly getting on your own cellular device, you’re probably sympathetic to their plight. There are few things more annoying […] The post Uber Drivers Sue, Claim Company Pressured Them to Support Prop 22 appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Uber, Apps, Technology, California, Industry, Autos, Tech Industry, Gig Economy, Ride-sharing, News Blog, Ride-hailing, Hot Legal Action, Driving Jobs, Assembly Bill 5, Ab5, Prop 22


California Rules Uber/Lyft Must Reclassify Drivers

A California appeals court unanimously ruled against ride-hailing giants Uber and Lyft on Thursday, mandating that they would indeed need to reclassify drivers operating within the state as employees. The duo have been pushing against Assembly Bill 5, which seeks to reclassify contracted, gig-economy workers as fully fledged employees entitled to all the associated benefits, […] The post California Rules Uber/Lyft Must Reclassify Drivers appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Lyft, Uber, Apps, California, Autos, Tech Industry, Gig Economy, Ride-sharing, News Blog, Ride-hailing, Assembly Bill, Hot Legal Action, Driving Jobs, Assembly Bill 5, Ab5, Prop 22


Uber, Lyft Spending Big to Fight Californian Gig Economy Laws

California’s Proposition 22 is a torpedo launched by the SS Gig Economy and will undoubtedly sink Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) if the measure passes this November. The proposal seeks to flip new laws (instituted in January) that prohibit companies from erroneously categorizing employees as independent contractors, forcing them to adhere to minimum wage laws — while likewise […] The post Uber, Lyft Spending Big to Fight Californian Gig Economy Laws appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Lyft, Uber, Apps, California, Autos, Tech Industry, Gig Economy, Ride-sharing, News Blog, Ride-hailing, Hot Legal Action, Driving Jobs, Assembly Bill 5, Ab5, Prop 22, Proposition 22


California Blinks: Uber/Lyft Granted Extension on New Labor Laws

The battle between the purveyors of ride-hailing apps and the State of California has been an interesting one. The West Coast’s gig economy looked ready to be nuked from orbit following the passing of Assembly Bill 5 (AB5), leaving a glassy crater of jobless part-timers and the corporations that were dependent upon them — even though […] The post California Blinks: Uber/Lyft Granted Extension on New Labor Laws appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Lyft, Uber, Apps, California, Autos, West Coast, Tech Industry, News Blog, Ride-hailing, Hot Legal Action, Assembly Bill 5, Ab5, Prop 22, Proposition 22


Lyft Abandons Operations in California Following Court Decision

As Uber contemplates ways to avoid having to close up shop in California following the passing Assembly Bill 5, Lyft is simply suspending operations as it waits to see how the appeals process works out. On Thursday, the fuchsia-themed ride-hailing firm said it would not be able to maintain business as usual in the Golden […] The post Lyft Abandons Operations in California Following Court Decision appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Lyft, Uber, California, Government, Employment, Autos, Cabs, Tech Industry, Gig Economy, Taxis, News Blog, Ride-hailing


Uber Considers Franchise Model After California Cracks Down on Contractors

California took on the gig economy by passing updated labor laws (Assembly Bill 5) mandating companies treat contractors more like regular employees. Some predicted this would be the death knell for ride-hailing firms like Uber and Lyft, who are entirely dependent on them for their daily operations. Worse still, these companies remain unprofitable despite most […] The post Uber Considers Franchise Model After California Cracks Down on Contractors appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Lyft, Uber, California, Government, Employment, Autos, Cabs, Tech Industry, Gig Economy, Taxis, Dara Khosrowshahi, News Blog, Ride-hailing


Despite a difficult Q2 2020, Lyft and Uber reiterate profit promises

Lyft is sticking to its previous target to hit quarterly adjusted profitability by the fourth period of 2021, a milestone it says it can achieve even with fewer rides. The company reiterated its quarterly adjusted profit target timeline — a milestone based on earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization — during its second-quarter earnings call yesterday. Upholding the target in this uncertain era of COVID-19 is newsworthy on its own. But what caught our attention was Lyft’s cl...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Tech, Automotive, Earnings, Mobility, Logan Green, Ride Hailing, EBITDA, Brian Roberts Lyft, COVID-19


Uber’s delivery business is now larger than ride-hailing

Uber reported its and buried in the blizzard of less-than-rosy numbers is a stunning figure that illustrates how much the company has changed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Uber’s delivery business — better known as Uber Eats — is now bigger than its original and core ride-hailing division, based on adjusted net revenue. Now, adjusted net revenue tells only a piece of this evolving Uber story. Income, or losses in the case of Uber’s delivery business, are also important. Still, looking at...
Tags: TC, Uber, Tech, Automotive, Earnings, Uber Eats, Ride Hailing, EBITDA, Dara Khosrowshahi


Uber Offering COVID-19 Contract Tracing Data to Government Entities

Uber Technologies Inc. has kicked off a new service that provides public health officials immediate access to data on drivers and riders who may have been in contact with someone infected with COVID-19. Weirdly, the company decided against announcing the sharing of your whereabouts with the government with any fanfare. Perhaps they thought average people […] The post Uber Offering COVID-19 Contract Tracing Data to Government Entities appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Lyft, Uber, Apps, Privacy, Big Data, Data, Autos, Data Privacy, Uber Technologies Inc, Consumer Data, Uber Technologies, News Blog, Ride-hailing, Data AcQuisition, COVID-19, COVID


Lyft to Issue Partitions to Some Drivers; Company Sued Along With Uber in Massachusetts

You may not have noticed this, but there’s a lot of people wearing masks right now. These individuals aren’t working with drywall or sanding anything, either. You can spot them shopping, walking, or crowded around these new outdoor drinking areas located downtown that force them to huddle together while you attempt to squeeze by — coughing […] The post Lyft to Issue Partitions to Some Drivers; Company Sued Along With Uber in Massachusetts appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Lyft, Uber, Massachusetts, Autos, Ride-sharing, News Blog, Pandemic, Ride-hailing, Partitions, COVID-19, Lawusits


Uber Buys Public Transit Software Firm

On Thursday, Uber Technologies Inc. announced the acquisition of transit software company Routematch — suggesting the ride-hailing giant may soon take up busing as a hobby. Don’t expect it to supplant your local transit authority overnight, however. Routematch clients tend to be dial-a-ride shuttle services (see: paratransit) seeking to outsource the management of daily operations. The […] The post Uber Buys Public Transit Software Firm appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Uber, Public Transit, Mergers, Autos, Ride-sharing, Acquisitions, Mass Transit, Uber Technologies Inc, Uber Technologies, News Blog, Ride-hailing, Routematch


Amazon buys autonomous vehicle startup Zoox for more than $1 billion

Zoox has been "creating autonomous mobility from the ground up"
Tags: Amazon, News, Cars, Trends, Self-driving Cars, Ride-hailing, Zoox


Lyft Promises to Swap Exclusively to EVs by Bullying Everyone

On Wednesday, ride-hailing company Lyft announced every vehicle using its platform will be electric by 2030. Since its fleet is comprised primarily of contractors using private vehicles, one might assume the company is planning to offer some financial assistance upon their next purchase. But being sensible rarely means being correct in the postmodern era. Rather […] The post Lyft Promises to Swap Exclusively to EVs by Bullying Everyone appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Lyft, Uber, Government, Regulations, Green, Electric Vehicles, Editorials, Autos, Subsidies, EVs, Ride-sharing, Lyft Inc, News Blog, Ride-hailing, Corporate Bullshit, Ride-hailing Firms


Keep Your Driver, Uber Tells Select Customers

Amid widespread suspicion of other human beings and the general sense that public transit is a terrible way to travel when COVID-19 lurks everywhere, Uber has rolled out a feature offered overseas to some of its U.S. customers. Instead of hailing a ride to the grocery store (or what have you), then dialing up another […] The post Keep Your Driver, Uber Tells Select Customers appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Uber, Safety, Autos, Mobility, Uber Technologies, News Blog, Ride-hailing, Coronavirus, COVID


Uber Goes Old School With New Delivery Services

With a pandemic suppressing the world’s need for transportation, Uber has kept itself busy by offering free rides to healthcare workers and expanding its food-delivery service, Uber Eats. Initially, that meant activating the program in more countries. The ride-hailing company has since added ways for businesses to manage meal plans for employees working from home […] The post Uber Goes Old School With New Delivery Services appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Uber, Autos, Uber Eats, Ride-sharing, Uber Technologies Inc, News Blog, Ride-hailing


QOTD: Is There an App for That?

At the risk of sounding like any number of insufferable site fully staffed with dough heads who spend way too much time extolling the virtues of kale (is kale still a thing?), our question today is about driving and car-related apps. While backing up his phone this weekend (I can’t bear to lose those all […] The post QOTD: Is There an App for That? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Apps, Autos, Driving, Navigation, Qotd, News Blog, Ride-hailing, Question of the Day, Car-based Apps


Lyft Follows Uber, Promises to Prioritize Rider Safety

At the start of this month, Uber released a safety report in a bid to address concerns surrounding rider welfare. Not to be outdone, its main competitor also took steps to convince the masses that it’s also doing everything within its power to keep customers safe. Lyft is forming a council of experts to assist […] The post Lyft Follows Uber, Promises to Prioritize Rider Safety appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Lyft, Uber, Autos, Ride-sharing, Reports, Lyft Inc, News Blog, Ride-hailing, Automotive Safety, Ride-hailing Apps, Customer Safety, Safety Study


Newly Released Uber Safety Report Focuses On Sexual Misconduct, Murder

Uber released its first safety report on Saturday, primarily to address concerns surrounding rider welfare. The media has become increasingly critical of Uber as a brand after its corporate culture was dubbed toxic — allegedly loaded with sexism and financial progress by any means necessary. Following a fatal accident involving one of the company’s autonomous test […] The post Newly Released Uber Safety Report Focuses On Sexual Misconduct, Murder appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Uber, Safety, Studies, Autos, Ride-sharing, Reports, Uber Technologies, News Blog, Ride-hailing, Automotive Safety, Studies & Reports, Ride-hailing Apps, Customer Safety, Safety Study


Luxoft’s Halo platform turns your Uber into an office, a living room, or both

Luxoft designed its Halo platform to make staying entertained, connected, or both in the back of an Uber or a Lyft as seamless as in your living room or your office. Built using LG technology, Halo identifies the occupant via his or her smartphone.
Tags: News, Halo, Cars, Trends, Lg, Luxoft, Ride-hailing, CES 2020


Uber Loses License in London, Deemed Unsafe by Regulator

Transportation for London (TfL) announced it has informed Uber that it will not be reissued a license to operate in the UK capitol, citing concerns over customer safety. TfL had previously declined to renew the ride-hailing business’ private hire operator license, which expired on September 30th, saying it was unsatisfied with the number of drivers it found […] The post Uber Loses License in London, Deemed Unsafe by Regulator appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Uber, Apps, UK, London, Safety, Regulation, Autos, Tfl, Ride-sharing, Uber Technologies, News Blog, Ride-hailing, Transportation for London, Transportation for London TfL


Chicago Considers Congestion Charges, Starting With Uber/Lyft

Chicago is considering sticking ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft with a new tax that would add a few bucks onto each ride. Mayor Lori Lightfoot has proposed a $40-million-per-year tax increase as part of a broader traffic plan modeled after London’s famous congestion fines. That means not all rides would be subject to the same fees, […] The post Chicago Considers Congestion Charges, Starting With Uber/Lyft appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Lyft, Uber, London, Taxes, Government, Traffic, Chicago, Autos, Congestion charging, Lori Lightfoot, News Blog, Ride-hailing, Congestion Pricing, Congestion Fees


The savage genius of SoftBank funding competitors

Venture capitalists aren’t supposed to make their portfolio companies battle to the death. There’s a long-standing but unofficial rule that investors shouldn’t fund multiple competitors in the same space. Conflicts of interest could arise, information about one startup’s strategy could be improperly shared with the other, and the companies could become suspicious of advice provided by their investors. That leads to problems down the line for VCs, as founders may avoid them if they fear the firm ...
Tags: Travel, Food, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Uber, Opinion, Collaborative Consumption, Softbank, Funding, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Venture Capital, M&a, Logistics


Nigeria’s Gokada raises $5.3M round for its motorcycle ride-hail biz

In many large cities across Africa, motorcycle taxies are as common as yellow-cabs in New York. That includes Lagos, Nigeria, where ride-hail startup Gokada has raised a $5.3 million Series A round to grow its two-wheel transit business. Gokada has trained and on-boarded over 1000 motorcycles and their pilots on its app that connects commuters to moto-taxis and the company’s signature green, DOT approved helmets. The startup has completed nearly 1 million rides since it was co-founded in 2018 by...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Uber, Apps, New York, Indonesia, Germany, Nigeria, Africa, Entrepreneur, Tech, Ceo, Uganda, Transport, West Africa, Kenya


Consumer Reports: What Are Uber, Lyft Are Doing About Recalls?

As ride-hailing services utilize the personal vehicles of contractors, rather than a commercial fleet of their own, repairs and recalls have to be handled by individual drivers. While it shouldn’t be a revelation that some recalls fall through the cracks, Consumer Reports is concerned that the ratio of unaddressed safety issues are unbecoming of companies pushing multibillion-dollar […] The post Consumer Reports: What Are Uber, Lyft Are Doing About Recalls? appeared first on The Truth About Cars...
Tags: Lyft, Uber, Repairs, Safety, Recalls, Studies, Autos, Auto Recalls, Consumer Reports, Consumer Advocacy, Reports, News Blog, Ride-hailing, Automotive Safety, Studies & Reports, Ride Apps



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