Lyft has come a long way since it was the pink-stache, barely-there alternative to ride-hailing king Uber. Following a fall from grace by Uber and a sequence of smart moves by Lyft—like treating its employees decently and buying carbon offsets for every single ride—the 2012 San Francisco-based upstart is now an industry leader.
When a city’s maps don’t match with Uber or Lyft’s, getting precious trip data can be arduous. SharedStreets thinks it can fix that.
How would you do it? Just label some points on a line, or draw all the intersections? Do you indicate nearby parking spots? Does your map look exactly like your neighbor’s? Would partygoers looking at both get confused?
Now take that concept to the city level, where mismatched maps can have truly high stakes.
It’s been barely five years since Uber came to life in Washington. The impact on transit, taxi service and use of personal vehicles has been staggering, but app-made-easy transportation has also begun to shape the residential real estate market.
Uber and competitors like Lyft now make the neighborhoods once considered “fringe” easily accessible. And the exponential growth in home values in those neighborhoods promises to exert a profound influence on future development.
App-based taxi and ridesharing apps such as Uber and Lyft, are transforming personal transport in cities around the world. While these services may be driving down car ownership rates among urban residents, do they also pose a threat to public rail systems?
Ride-hailing apps have brought a new level of convenience to many consumers and provided new work opportunities. But these benefits have often come at the expense of full-time drivers’ wages and job stability. Both traditional taxi drivers and ride-hailing drivers are feeling increasingly squeezed.