car sharing

  • Data suggests Uber is trailing far behind rival Ola in India

    Data suggests Uber is trailing far behind rival Ola in India

    New data has suggested that Ola, the $5 billion valued taxi on-demand service, may be more than twice as large as Uber in India. Read More

  • Moovit transit app integrates with Uber

    Moovit transit app integrates with Uber

    The local transit app Moovit announced today that it will soon be integrated with the ride-sharing app Uber in 131 cities in 22 countries. This is kind of the chocolate and peanut butter of urban travel. Moovit uses official transit data plus crowdsourced data to give riders the best information about potential routes. Is the train running slow? Take the bus or find a bike sharing service. Is… Read More

  • Uber denies plans to kill surge pricing in the U.S.

    Uber denies plans to kill surge pricing in the U.S.

    Despite the headlines today, Uber says it does not have plans to nix surge pricing in the U.S. It did away with surge in Delhi, India, but has now reinstated the feature there as well. An earlier report from NPR claimed Uber would be doing away with surge, a feature on the Uber app that bumps prices up in a particular area when there’s high demand for rides. Surge pricing benefits drivers… Read More

  • Uber’s partnership with Alipay goes global

    Uber’s partnership with Alipay goes global

    Uber today expanded its partnership with Alipay, a Chinese payment app owned by Alibaba that boasts 450 million active users. The partnership will allow Chinese travelers to pay their Uber fares using Alipay in any of the 68 countries where Uber does business, and allow riders to hail Uber cars directly from the Alipay app. Uber China’s collaboration with Alipay has grown steadily over… Read More

  • Uber aims to retain its 1099 workforce with a few new in-app perks

    Uber aims to retain its 1099 workforce with a few new in-app perks

    Good independent workers are hard to find and even harder to keep if the cost of doing business doesn’t make sense. So Uber is adding a new goody bag of rewards in hopes of retaining its workforce. One of those perks is Fuel Finder, a new feature inside the driver-side app allowing drivers to search for the cheapest and closest gas stations. Drivers simply zoom in a tap on the provided… Read More

  • Uber strikes $100M class-action settlement to keep drivers independent contractors

    Uber strikes $100M class-action settlement to keep drivers independent contractors

    Uber’s driver versus independent contractor debate just took a huge turn. In a blog post from Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, the company announced that it has reached a settlement in two class-action lawsuits in California and Massachusetts. Both suits contested that Uber should be classifying its drivers as employees instead of independent contractors. And in a major win for Uber, both… Read More

  • Chariot for Women is a new ridesharing service for women only

    Chariot for Women is a new ridesharing service for women only

    Uber driver Michael Pelletz is launching a new ridesharing service with a twist: All the drivers and passengers will be women. Chariot for Women will be active in the Boston area on April 19. But does the world need another ridesharing service? Especially one so specific? It turns out maybe it does. “The premise is the same as all the other ridesharing services,” Pelletz said in… Read More

  • Uber switches the help desk to in-app support for parts of the world that don’t believe in email

    Uber switches the help desk to in-app support for parts of the world that don’t believe in email

    Uber’s help desk has relocated from email communications to within the app. The reason? Many parts of the world where Uber is keen on gaining a large chunk of the market share, such as China and India, don’t use email like the Western world. Strange to think about for those of us accustomed to emailing back and forth since the mid-90’s, but much of China doesn’t… Read More

  • Lyft gets back to Zimride roots with Lyft Carpool

    Lyft gets back to Zimride roots with Lyft Carpool

    Back in 2007 co-founders John Zimmer and Logan Green envisioned a new kind of mass transportation carpooling system connecting riders and drivers across the nation. They called it Zimride. But it turned out a lot more people wanted to get around the city than wanted to go the distance and the parent company was supplanted with something pinker and fuzzier a few years later. Lyft now wants you… Read More