Rideshare is gaining more popularity than ever and it shows with billions in funding and all of the media hype companies like Uber and Lyft have been getting lately. Today, RSG contributor, Jack Ross takes a look at all of the top rideshare stories of the past week and gives us his thoughts on all of it. What was your favorite or least favorite story from the past week?
This week on the roundup: Lyft makes its way back into the mainstream news with John Zimmer’s enthusiastic interview and a big announcement, Uber gets shown love by American lawmakers (at least on the streets) and shows the middle finger to Parisian lawmakers (always), weed-on-demand and free Uber-rides in LA, a new airport-Audi-rental company, and an update of the Lyft vs. Uber mini-war that never gets old. Here we go!
Though there hasn’t been any remarkable new national TNC legislation passed, these interesting findings from BuzzFeed via DC’s Hamilton Place Strategies data on Congressional trips during the 2014 year speak to Uber’s growing popularity with lawmakers—due to gained privacy, luxury and “cultural cache” for the lawmakin’ pax.
The real upside, the article concludes, lies with Uber, gaining “a familiar and sympathetic user group with the authority to potentially make regulatory decisions in one of the fastest-growing areas of the tech world. That kind of loyal customer is hard to beat.” Time will tell how quickly the law reflects where Congressional thumbs and smartphones are. [Read more…]