By the end of August all taxis in Washington must remove their traditional meters. They must begin using smartphones & tablets in what the city government describes as a complete reimagining of how the cab system works.
A recent Census Bureau report on job growth for self-employed businesses shows Washington is at the top, at least in part because of drivers with ride-sharing companies such as Uber.
The zone system? Gone. Credit cards and meters? Here to stay. Uber? Eagerly partnering with the city to accommodate commuters displaced and disgruntled by Metro’s SafeTrack program.
A new taxi service in D.C. will soon target underserved areas of the District. The program will use eight-passenger taxi vans to run specific routes for a flat fee.
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Uber announced that it will roll out a fleet of driverless cars in Pittsburgh this summer, making it the first company to bring autonomous cars to the ride-sharing market. As Bloomberg Businessweek puts it, there is one goal: “to replace Uber’s more than 1 million human drivers with robot drivers—as quickly as possible.”