NYC Disrupts Disruptors

Schneiderman Issues Cease and Desist 24 Hours Before Lyft’s NYC Launch

Disruptors

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

Baby I Can Drive Your Car

Lyft Is Launching in Queens and Brooklyn This Friday

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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. Read More

Rich People Things

JetSmarter Beats Uber to the Private Plane Market

Sooooo can we reserve this for tonight? (JetSmarter)

Technology has helped us solve some of life’s most pressing problems. It’s helped us create prosthetic limbs, rescue homeless animals, and now — thank heavens — it’s helping us get our hands on private jets exactly when we need them.

If you’re contemplating taking a lavish getaway this summer, consider JetSmarter — a standard rideshare app, except it’s for private jets. Yep, real casual. The app lets users book and pay for worldwide private air travel at the click of a button, without having to go through any middlemen. Read More

Demo Day

Energy-Tech Startup Competition Won By Another Taxi App

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For most utility companies, the most “disruption” they ever deal with is when a power grid is overloaded by everyone’s air conditioners. But this week, major utilities and power companies met with members of the local tech community to try and figure out how to bring good ol’ Silicon Alley innovation to the New York utility Read More

An App for That

Uber Is Delivering Air Conditioners This Weekend To New York’s Laziest

Need these guys? There's an app for that. (Photo via Getty

Ah, the first days of summer, when haven’t installed your air conditioner, and therefore spend days and days sweating through bed sheets until you can’t take it anymore. But maybe it’s not that you’re too lazy to drag your AC out from the floor of your closet — maybe you don’t even own an AC.

In that case, Uber has you covered. For the next three weekends, Uber is teaming up with product design company Quirky to deliver air conditioners to New Yorkers to help promote Aros, Quirky’s new smart air conditioner. You just punch in the code UberCOOL into the Uber app you already have, and pony up $300. Read More

Google New York

Rolling Out in the East? Google Finally Talks About the Future of Driverless Cars

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Although legislation in most of the 50 states isn’t equipped to regulate robotic self-driven cars, Google is rolling forward with plans to unleash a fleet of driverless cars that can be summoned via smartphone app.

Google finally broke its relative silence on its self-driving car pilot program to reporters over the phone this morning. It was the first time the tech giant answered questions from the press about the modern-day Knight Rider-mobiles. Read More