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The Ride-Hail Utopia That Got Stuck in Traffic - WSJ
Uber initially claimed ride-sharing would decrease traffic, but the way it is used, Uber increases traffic congestion. "Facebook Inc. set out to help connect people with each other, but also contributed to the spread of division and disinformation. E-cigarette company Juul Labs Inc. said it could reduce cigarette smoking, but fueled a crisis of teen vaping. Encrypted messaging apps designed to foster online privacy have become favorite communication tools of criminals."
economics  unintended_consequences  Uber  Lyft 
yesterday by cmingyar
Uber goes old-school with telephone bookings in the U.S. | VentureBeat
Uber shot to global prominence as a smartphone-native platform for hailing private cars, but the company is now going old-school by opening to telephone bookings in the U.S.
Starting from today in Arizona, Uber users will be able to dial 1-833-USE-UBER from any mobile phone and speak with a live operator who will serve as an intermediary between rider and driver. The caller will need a phone with basic text-based messaging functionality, where they will receive key messages, such as their expected ETA, details about the driver and car, and the trip receipt.
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2 days ago by dancall
How Uber drains carmaker profits in Latin America's biggest market - Reuters
Cheap access to new cars is turbocharging the growth of Uber and rental car companies in Brazil, as well as lifting automakers’ sales - up 7% this year. Yet the sales growth also obscures a deeper crisis for carmakers such as GM: their margins are imploding as rental companies gobble up more and more cars at discounted prices.
Bulk orders, known as fleet sales, are at a record high and now account for 46% of all deals in Brazil, up from 25% in 2012. But retail sales, commanding higher prices, have collapsed by nearly half in the same period, suggesting something of a race to the bottom.
news  article  brazil  Transportation  cars  Uber 
3 days ago by kaarlows
Cloud Kitchens
Bro who founded Uber is back again with a bottom-of-the-barrel set of cafeteria kitchens
food  uber  delivery  tk  traviskalanick  tirefire 
3 days ago by nelson
L.A. wins appeal in fight with Uber over scooter and bike data - Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles officials were right to suspend Uber’s permit to rent out scooters and electric bicycles in the city because the company refused to share real-time data on its riders’ trips, a hearing officer found Tuesday.

cities  uber  transport-data  data-access 
3 days ago by jackhardinges
Marketplaces and scalability: lessons from Uber and Airbnb • Medium
Sameer Singh:
<p>Uber and Lyft are valued at roughly 2–3 times total equity funding raised (incl. funds raised in their IPO). Airbnb is far more capital efficient, with a valuation-to-funding multiple of 9–10x. In other words, Airbnb created 3–5 times more value than Uber or Lyft for every dollar of funding raised. This is critical for investors to understand as it directly affects returns.

Despite the common “sharing economy” tag applied to them, Uber and Airbnb are built on very different models. Both run marketplaces that connect underutilized assets (and later, professionals) to consumers, with a self-reinforcing network effect, i.e. the addition of a supplier makes the product more valuable for all customers, and vice versa. They were both founded in Silicon Valley and were venture capital funded. However, that is where the similarities end.

Uber’s model relies on hyperlocal network effects, i.e. the addition of a unit of supply (a driver) makes the product more valuable for the demand side (riders) within a small geographic radius. So when Uber acquired a driver in a city, it only helped it grow organically within that city (usually, within a small part of that city). And when Uber expanded to other cities, they had to re-invest in driver acquisition without the benefit of any latent demand. They had no drivers and so did not have riders to attract them organically (commonly called the “cold start” problem). This was complicated further by the fact that Uber’s success catalysed competitors in other markets who then created their own local driver networks before Uber could enter them (e.g. Didi in China, Ola in India, Careem in the Middle East, Grab in South East Asia, etc.). Since local competitors had an established hyperlocal network effect, it became even more expensive for Uber to enter and operate in these markets. As a result, Uber was forced to eventually sell many of its regional units to local competitors and acquire others…

…Airbnb’s model, on the other hand, is built on cross-border network effects, i.e. the addition of a unit of supply (a host) makes the product more valuable for the demand side (guests) across geographic boundaries.</p>

Singh, you'll recall, has <a href="">joined 6CVentures</a>, a VC firm built by founders. This is a great analysis.
uber  airbnb  analysis 
5 days ago by charlesarthur
Lyft Will Take User Share from Uber Through 2023 - eMarketer Trends, Forecasts & Statistics
We estimate that 74.5% of transportation-sharing users in the US will use Uber in 2020, compared with 54.0% who will use Lyft. Over the next three years, Lyft will continue to grow its share of transportation-sharing users at faster rates than those of Uber.
By the end of 2023, Lyft’s share of transportation-sharing users will reach 59.0%, less than 13 percentage points behind Uber.
research  technology  ridesharing  lyft  uber 
6 days ago by automotive
Uber’s Path of Destruction - American Affairs Journal
from 1st para: the widespread belief that it is a highly innovative and successful company has no basis in economic reality.
article  uber  about  business  economics 
6 days ago by piperh
Uber's Self-Driving Vehicles Get Permit For CA |
Uber may soon be able to put its self-driving vehicles back on California roads after several years, with the issuance of a new permit, according to reports. The company had to scale back its autonomous vehicle program following an incident in Arizona where a pedestrian was killed by one of the vehicles.

However, the permit — issued by the California DMV — could revive the program after 18 months. Uber doesn’t have concrete plans to put the vehicles back on the roads yet, but said it will notify the required authorities if it plans to return to San Francisco.

An Uber spokesperson called San Francisco “a great city to gather key learnings for self-driving technology,” due to its complex and changing environment.
uber  robots  taxi  future  trends  legal 
9 days ago by dancall
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