Could Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson Have Stopped That Bomb If They'd Just Taken An Uber?

You could use the public data released by the New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission to reveal critical insights about urban transit trends. Or you could use it to conduct a completely serious investigation on the plausibility of one of the transportation scenarios in Die Hard: With a Vengeance. »11/18/15 7:50pm11/18/15 7:50pm


Uber’s Surge Pricing May Not Lead to a Surge in Drivers

Uber has long stirred controversy and consternation over the higher “surge” prices it charges at peak times. The company has always said the higher prices actually help passengers by encouraging more drivers to get on the road. But computer scientists from Northeastern University have found that higher prices don’t… »10/29/15 12:20pm10/29/15 12:20pm

Vroom Vroom: California Uber Drivers Can Proceed With Their Class Action

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that the California Uber drivers suing the company for employee benefits can proceed with their lawsuit as a class action. District Court Judge Edward Chen certified a class of plaintiffs that includes “all UberBlack, UberX, and UberSUV drivers who have driven for Uber in the state of… »9/02/15 9:00pm9/02/15 9:00pm

Uber Can Actually Make It Easier For People To Ride Public Transit

Uber’s destruction of the taxi industry is obvious—and NYC cabs are finally fighting back. But how much of a threat is Uber to other modes of transportation? Earlier this week I worried that Uber’s plan to more easily scoop people off city streets might take ridership away from public transit. But a FiveThirtyEight… »8/28/15 2:52pm8/28/15 2:52pm

If You Want Better Public Transit, You Probably Shouldn't Use Uber

I’m writing this from a train. Without access to a car, I had to make a plan this morning for how to get to an interview: rent a car, ride a bike, take a train and a bus, use an on-demand ride service. I chose the train for a few reasons. But mostly because I believe that choosing public transportation is the best… »8/26/15 4:30pm8/26/15 4:30pm

Stephen Colbert Will Host Elon Musk and Uber's CEO His First Week

When Stephen Colbert’s The Late Show launches on September 8 there will be a few surprising guests on his couch: Both Elon Musk and Uber CEO Travis Kalanick are booked for a very tech-focused first week. But that’s not the only hint that Colbert’s show might promise to be the most nerd-friendly late night show ever. »8/24/15 3:00pm8/24/15 3:00pm

Parents Are Actually Trusting Their Kids To Ride-Sharing Services

You’re stuck at work, your spouse is out of town, your son is sick at school and your daughter is late for piano lessons. A few years ago, some sacrifices would have to be made-but now you just call a car-sharing service to haul your brats away! I mean, you’d trust this man to transport your kids, right? »8/20/15 11:20pm8/20/15 11:20pm