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Posts Tagged ‘Uber’

Uber Expanding From Moving Passengers to Moving Parcels in NYC

uberushUber announced an extension to its New York City services today, a courier service that delivers packages for a minimum of $15. The pricing increases based on designated zones – each additional zone traveled gets an additional charge of $5. It’s currently available to all of Manhattan below 110th.

Messengers are not allowed to buy items for users, so don’t expect to ask a courier to pick up your lunch unless it’s already paid. Further, they’re going to be on foot or bikes so oversized packages are not doable. The folks at VentureBeat reports that the messengers are making approximately $20-$30 per hour. If you’re interested in being a messenger, you must go through an interview process that involves a background check.  Read more

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Parisian Taxi Drivers Attack Uber Cars in Violent Protest

Angry taxi drivers took to Parisian streets in a violent altercation against Uber drivers on January 13, throwing eggs, breaking windows, and flattening the tires of about 12 random Uber cabs. Luckily, no one sustained injuries.

 

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Alternative Taxi App Uber Offering to Deliver Christmas Tree to Your House

uber treeAlternative luxury cab service, Uber and DIY superstore, Home Depot really wants you to get into the mood for evergreens. The two are making Christmas Tree shopping super easy by offering Uber deliveries this Thursday. To get your own tree, just download the app and select the “UberTREE” option between the hours of 11 am – 8pm.

Instead of spending your weekend wrestling with a tree from the not-so-near farm or slushy street corner, kick back, pour yourself an extra glass of eggnog and watch your app as Uber takes care of the heavy lifting. With the help of The Home Depot and a bit of holiday magic, Uber will deliver a live tree to your doorstep with the touch of a button. Read more

Taxi Hailing App Uber Adds Fare Splitting

Taxi-hailing app Uber has added fare splitting so you can now split a cab with a friend or colleague and divide the cost up equally. You can split the fare with one or more parties. The Uber blog explains how to split a fare:

  1. Request a ride
  2. Tap the “up arrow” icon next to your driver’s info
  3. Select “Split Fare”
  4. Choose your friends
  5. Tap “Send”

If you friend is not an Uber user, they’ll be prompted to download the app and sign up.

Uber is available in more than 30 cities around the world. The company has been growing and opening services in new cities over the past year. At the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in New York this past April, venture capitalist Bill Gurley an early backer in eBay, said that Uber is growing faster than eBay did back in the day.

Bill Gurley Says Uber App Is “Growing Faster Than eBay” at TechCrunch Disrupt Conference

Venture capitalist Bill Gurley is pretty excited about the taxi-hailing app Uber that connects car services with passengers. On the stage at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in New York yesterday, he told the crowd that, “Uber is growing faster than eBay did.” He ought to know, he invested in both.

As TechCrunch points out, Gurley’s company Benchmark invested $6.7 million in eBay and less than two years later, it was worth more than $5 billion.

Gurley explained that today most popular companies today like Twitter and Instagram, for instance, work around a business model of building a viral system first, then they figure out how to upend the business. Uber, on the other hand, had a business model in place from the beginning, said Gurley. “Travis [Kalanick] has done an amazing job of scaling the business,” he said, adding that the company has done zero marketing and instead has focused on the user experience. Read more

California Reconsiders Ride Sharing Apps

After citing Lyft and Uber with $20,000 fines, regulators are re-evaluating California’s laws regarding charter-party carriers. This decision comes after New York City and Washington D.C. moved to legalize e-hailing services.

“The Commission has a responsibility for determining whether and how public safety might be affected by these new businesses. The purpose of this Rulemaking is not to stifle innovation and the provision of new services that consumers want, but rather to assess public safety risks, and to ensure that the safety of the public is not compromised in the operation of these new business models.”

While regulators are mostly concerned with public safety, Lyft and Uber creates are public forum on poor services and subsequent backlash is much more visible in today’s mobile commerce. current taxi and charter systems do not allow for public feedback, thus making Lyft and Uber’s technology a lot more confidant in the public’s eye.

Companies such as Lyft are based in San Francisco, a city whose economy is largely tech-driven. San Franciscans suffer especially on rainy days and Saturday evenings when every cab is full of riders. Removing such restriction would allow businesses like Lyft, Uber, and SideCar to develop alternative transit in a city that is sparse in parking spaces and low in taxis.

Via Techcrunch