Uber has made a lot of questionable decisions behind closed doors, and today, yet another one emerged. According to The Information, between 2014 and 2016, Uber used secret software called “Hell” in order to track drivers from its biggest rival, Lyft.
Uber has had a relentless year of scandals, spurring the logical conclusion that its arch-rival Lyft is now in a position to capitalize. John Zimmer, Lyft’s president, spoke at length on Tuesday with Time about how his company’s attempting to do just that—and it’s ridiculous.
Three years ago, ride-hailing giant Uber came under investigation for a tool called “God View” that allowed employees to track drivers and customers in real-time. Uber has since scaled that ability back, but Jalopnik has learned the company still deploys a revamped version of it, along with other secret internal…
Last night, 96 companies filed legal documents that object to President Trump’s Muslim ban. But they’re not just doing it because it’s the right thing to do. The filing makes it clear that Trump is disrupting business.
Lyft successfully capitalized off this weekend’s #DeleteUber campaign, besting its biggest competitor in the App Store for the first time ever.
Following an incident over the weekend in which Uber defied the New York Taxi Workers Alliance’s hour-long strike in support of Muslim detainees at New York’s JFK airport, people have been deleting the app en masse and switching over to Lyft, a competing company that has pledged $1 million to the ACLU.
Following Uber CEO Travis Kalanick’s limp response to Trump’s “Muslim ban,” Lyft has decided to put its money where its mouth is. The ridesharing rival announced today that it will donate a million dollars to the ACLU to “defend our constitution.”
A computer model developed by researchers at MIT shows that just 3,000 Uber and Lyft vehicles, when carpooled, could replace New York City’s entire 14,000-strong taxi fleet. It’s a finding that highlights the potential for ridesharing apps to revolutionize transportation in big cities.
A two-year study from the National Bureau of Economic Research recently found that Uber and Lyft riders with “Black-sounding” names waited longer to have trip requests approved than riders with “White-sounding” names. Now, Lyft has announced a new measure it’s taking to curb racism: a hidden score measuring driver…
Uber is partnering with the car-sharing service Maven (which is owned and operated by General Motors) to let Uber drivers rent GM vehicles on a weekly basis. The business will cost drivers $179 plus taxes and fees, and driver will not incur any extra fees for using the car for personal use.
People of color have been dealing with racist cabbies for decades, and according to a new study, that discrimination is alive and well in the world of ride-hailing apps. Not only are black people more likely to wait longer or have their ride cancelled, women in general also are getting taken for a ride—to either…
Lyft—the ridesharing app that most people only use when Uber surge pricing is too high—does something a lot of tech companies do: it runs a blog. It’s where the company publicly celebrates its own excellence, for things like new features and anniversaries. It’s also where, earlier this month, a story appeared praising…
Lately, Uber has been gobbling up all of the self-driving car attention with its launch of an experimental program in Pittsburgh. But Lyft wants you to know that it shouldn’t be counted out. In a manifesto published this morning on Medium, the rideshare company’s co-founder, John Zimmer, outlined his vision of the…
You know who deserves to get free things? Poor people.
While we laud ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft for making it easier to get home from the pub, we sometimes forget about the drivers. With drivers of varying levels of experience often trying to use apps for multiple services in the car, New York City crashes have increased with the rise of the apps.
Massachusetts is attempting to aid its taxi industry in the wake of the digital ride-hailing industry by taking from one to give to the other—just like our Founding Fathers did.
A new Bloomberg report details Uber and Lyft’s various partnerships with small local public transportation agencies. In 2014, the local government in Pinellas Park, Florida nixed two of their least-traveled bus lines because of huge budget cuts. To compensate for that loss, the government then struck a deal with Uber…
Are your legs getting tired from all the Pokémon Go? Well, some entrepreneurs have the solution for you. They want to be your personal Pokémon Go driver. That’s right, for just $20-$25 per hour a driver will now chauffeur you around to play in cities like New York, Portland, and Baltimore.