This Means War
This Means War
When two companies like Uber and Lyft battle it out in loud debates about allegations of sabotage, it can be easy to be distracted from the other contenders. That is, until one of them fires a warning shot in the air to remind everyone that they’re not happy playing third wheel.
Black car app Gett told Betabeat that as of this morning, all rides within Manhattan will cost $10 for the rest of 2014, no matter how far they are or how long they take.
This Means War
The battle for taxi app supremacy has gotten ugly between Uber and Lyft, with both companies firing snarky comments back and forth and accusing each other of sabotage. Along the way, they’ve decided that going after each other isn’t enough, and that they might as well throw a few punches at the smaller companies caught in the crossfire.
Apparently, Uber ran the same playbook on Gett this past January. In an appearance on Bloomberg’s “Street Smart,” Gett’s Head of Marketing Brooke Moreland accused Uber of ordering Gett rides and canceling them last minute to disrupt service.
This morning, Lyft accused Uber employees and recruiters of ordering and canceling over 5,000 rides as an act of sabotage. Uber has since spoken out, not only calling it “untrue,” but saying that Lyft is the real perpetrator, and has done the same thing to them almost 13,000 times.
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We call it a war, but the numbers show that Uber has been dominating Lyft in the on-demand car service market. Now, new numbers reveal that Uber may have used some questionable tactics to ensure their place on top.
According to new data, 177 Uber employees have allegedly requested and cancelled a total of 5,560 Lyft rides since last October, according to CNN Money.
There’s an Uber for everything these days: helicopters, chefs and a few for private jets, as if we needed more than one. Given how hot delivery apps and courier services are right now, you’d think these startups would have a pretty good shot at success. Unfortunately, it’s starting to look like Uber is going to Read More
NYC Disrupts Disruptors
Yesterday there was this meme where you could look up your own Uber rating, see what the DRIVERS thought of YOU.
When I first heard about this, I was deeply offended. I was like, “wait WTF, so I am paying all this money to be judged?!”
I am still pretty pissed about it, I think I am going to switch to Lyft. That way, I don’t have to be analyzed, I can just fist pound with my bruh-bruh. I am not a piece of meat, I am a human being! I think it is pretty shameful that Uber even lets the passengers judge the drivers, but whatever, at least I am paying to objectify this dude.
Baby I Can Drive Your Car
Lyft, the e-hailing service prompting ride sharing, was set to launch this evening despite major pressure from the Taxi and Limousine Commission and Department of Financial Services. However, their future in the city is now even more uncertain. Lyft is the least expensive of the e-hailing taxi services, even undercutting UberX’s recently lowered prices. The service is known for the giant pink mustaches they put on their drivers cars and launched in San Francisco two years ago. Read More
Starting this Friday evening, Lyft users will be able to request rides in Brooklyn and Queens, with further expansion to other New York boroughs in the potential mix.
“Now, residents and visitors looking to travel in between boroughs, get a ride to the closest subway station, or head out for a night on the town can easily request a safe and friendly ride,” Lyft said in a release.
Rich People Things
Still reaching for that six-figure salary? Being employed as an UberX driver will get you close.
UberX drivers in NYC are racking up $90,766 per year — nearly three times as much as yellow cab drivers, who make around $30,000 annually, The Washington Post reports.
If you’re reading this from a car stuck out on the Long Island Expressway, packed in by Memorial Day traffic, remember: it didn’t have to be this way.
A new app called Blade has launched in time for the holiday weekend, allowing you to book helicopter rides out to the Hamptons this summer. It’s like Uber for the modern Gatsby.