DC Launches Digital Taxi-Tracking Software (10-18-18)

Dive Brief:

  • Washington, DC’s Department of For-Hire Vehicles (DFHV) has launched a platform for riders to track taxis and limos in real-time.
  • Known as an application program interface (API), the software provides a visual representation of where the taxis and limos are and can also show the identification numbers of specific vehicles. Five developers, including TransitScreen and Redmon Group, have registered to use the service.
  • “It’s difficult to list all the benefits of our APIs, but it’s important to note that economic impact is among them,” DFHV Director Ernest Chrappah said in a statement. “Whether we facilitate the transport of business leaders or government officials to meetings, or ensure that a visitor enjoys a seamless sightseeing experience, the apps our APIs make possible can help ensure the District remains a commerce and tourism center.”

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Here Are The Top Uber And Lyft Destinations In Greater Washington (10-17-18)

As the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., will always attract tourists who need ride-share services to navigate the region and be transported to places like the Lincoln Memorial.

But the top destinations in the region for Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. suggest a higher percentage of those in the region use Lyft for day-to-day transportation, whereas Uber Technologies Inc. users are more likely to be tourists or travelers going places of interest like MGM National Harbor.

One example: The Walmart Supercenter at 99 H St. NW in NoMa and the Target at 3100 14th St. NW in Columbia Heights are the third- and fourth-most popular Lyft destinations for drop-offs and pickups this year. Eastover Shopping Center in Oxon Hill is Lyft’s sixth-most popular spot, according to data provided by the company.

You can take a look at the top 10 destinations for both services in the gallery above.

Lyft, which recently became the official ride-share service of Events D.C., said 20 percent of riders…

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Uber, Lyft to Provide Free & Discounted Trips to Polling Places on Election Day (10-14-18)

Ride-hailing company Uber joined Lyft this month in planning to provide free rides to users who need help getting to polling places for Election Day.

As political campaigns enter the last stretch of the midterm season, Uber and Lyft are serious about getting voters to the ballot box on Nov. 6.

Ride-hailing company Uber announced it’s offering free rides for Uber users who need transportation to their polling places on Election Day.

The company will display a “Get to the Polls” button on the Uber app to help users find their designated polling place and allow users to book a free ride. The company has also partnered with the nonprofit civic engagement group When We All Vote to distribute voter registration information via the Uber app and help drivers and riders register to vote.

“Using our technology and resources, we can help make it easier for every Uber rider in the U.S. to get to their polling place at the push of a button,” Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said in a company statement on Oct. 4.

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Rise of the Digital Taxi: ezMetr Provides Transportation Platform for Smarter Cities (9-14-18)

ezMetr – A Digital Transportation Platform (Photo: Business Wire)

RVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sep 14, 2018–, the global leader in enterprise mobility solutions, today announced —a complete digital transportation product suite for taxis and black cars. ezMetr is a next-generation digital meter platform that provides dynamic pricing, shared rides, live mapping and paired passenger apps all-in-one. With thousands of drivers carrying over 12 million passengers already, ezMetr is expanding nationally to provide a better experience for drivers and passengers while improving city transportation systems with robust reporting, data and insights.

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DC Launches Technology to Provide Real-Time Transportation Information (9-15-18)

WASHINGTONSept. 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Today, the Department of For-Hire Vehicles (DFHV) is making it easier for digital developers to integrate urban mobility options into a single app by introducing the “Where Are the Taxis” application program interface (API). This API is an interface that allows one application to talk to another application through simple commands.

The Bowser Administration is committed to enabling innovative and forward-thinking solutions to support the evolution of accessible and affordable rides in the District,” DFHV Director Ernest Chrappah said during the 31st Annual Conference of the International Association of Transportation Regulators (IATR) in Philadelphia, PA. “The API strategy enables transportation as a service to reduce marketplace inequities and overcome barriers to entry for entrepreneurs, developers, and change makers.

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