Do you dislike shared rides, like Lyft Line or UberPOOL? If so, this week’s round up probably won’t make you happy. Senior RSG contributor John Ince covers changes coming to Lyft’s app, Uber’s new hire, and the perhaps “nicer” future of Uber and Lyft.
Have you heard of the rideshare start up Via? We profiled it originally here, and since that article, Via has expanded, most recently into Arlington, TX. But is Via a serious challenger to Uber and Lyft? Today, senior RSG contributor John Inceanswers that question and more. Do you drive for Via or have you taken Via? Let us know what you think in the comments! You can sign up for Via by clicking here.
A few weeks ago, I gave a ride to a woman who travels regularly to New York City, and she raved all about a startup ride hailing service called Via Rideshare. I was intrigued, because the conventional wisdom about ridesharing is that it’s an industry characterized by strong network effects that would make it virtually impossible for any new players to gain sufficient traction to become a factor. Yet clearly Via was resonating with many people in NYC.
One of the chief reasons Uber has been able to raise tens of billions of dollars from investors is the assumption that ridesharing is a winner-take-all marketplace. Uber and Lyft have been in all out war for market share here in the United States. The same competitive dynamics are playing themselves out in China, Russia, Indonesia, India, and South America.
Surely there’s no room for a small, niche player in this marketplace. So what is Via doing in New York City, having recently raised another $250 million from investors – seemingly defying gravity and beating the big boys with a simple, efficient model that, for the moment at least, seems to have both passengers and drivers satisfied enough to come back again and again for the service? I had to know more.
In this round up, senior RSG contributor John Ince tackles the tough question about driver safety – how to ensure it and how to enforce it. Plus, Lyft expands its investments and Uber pursues a global strategy we’ve all seen before.
We’re getting a panic button! Oh wait, passengers are… plus, the “safety center” may need a little work – in person. All the latest in Uber and Lyft news from senior RSG contributor John Ince, who covers the Uber panic button, a not-so-pleasant encounter at an Uber Hub and more.
A whole lot to get to in this week’s round up, including a Supreme Court ruling giving companies more, not less, power over workers, and potential Uber profitability – maybe. Senior RSG contributor John Ince covers all that, plus Uber plays nice (across the pond), Lyft’s new goodwill gestures, and the Wild West of Bird Charging.