The Uber vs Lyft war has finally hit the streets of NYC with Lyft opening up shop and giving out two weeks worth of free rides. I’ve already talked before about why I think this war is such a bad thing for drivers but there appears to be no end in sight. I guess on the brighter side, at least it’s getting more passengers out there to try TNC’s.
I think it’s only a matter of time before Lyft and Uber are in every city in America. They might not be as popular in small rural areas but I don’t see any reason why rideshare still wouldn’t work. If there are people willing to pay for rides, there will always be people willing to drive.
A small administrative note: I’ll be getting married this weekend and then onto my honeymoon for a couple weeks. I’m going to try and get some posts up during that time but it may not be my usual 2-3 a week. Have no fear though, I’ll be back in a few weeks, recharged, refreshed, married and more ready than ever.
On to the best rideshare articles of the week:
Lyft Gives Up Pink Mustaches to Take On Uber in New York: Lyft is finally entering the NY market, I didn’t even know they weren’t there yet. Seems like a good place to start but what do I know?
Lyft’s New Commercial is a Great Example of the Startup Savior Complex: Is this a film for Cannes or a marketing video? Seriously though, Lyft is cool and all but I think they are over-estimating their social impact just a little bit in this video.
Are Uber and Lyft responsible for reducing DUIs?: If you’ve ever read Malcolm Gladwell, you know that correlation does not imply causation. I don’t know if we’ll ever be able to truly prove the social impact that TNC’s will have but I think they do a lot more good than bad. Sometimes you don’t need to look at the statistics to know what’s working.
Uber passengers allegedly taken on wild car chase in D.C., Virginia: I know there are probably tens of thousands of Uber rides that go off every night without a hitch but when that one weirdo driver does something like this it sure does make Uber and their drivers look bad.
Here are the rest of the rideshare stories that I read this week.
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-The Rideshare Guy