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Uber spent $2M to champion NYC's new congestion charge
Uber spent $2M to champion NYC's new congestion charge

Ride-share giant Uber reportedly spent $2 million in an effort to keep cars out of New York City. The Financial Times (subscription required) reported Wednesday that Uber dug deeper into its pockets than anyone else to lobby New York lawmakers to support a new congestion charge set to fall into...Read More»

Uber acquires Middle East ridesharing firm Careem
Uber buys its biggest rival in the Middle East

By buying its largest rival in the Middle East, Uber on Tuesday became the dominant ride-share service in some of the world's busiest and fastest-growing cities. Uber said that it will buy former rival Careem in a move that willcost the U.S. ridesharing company $3.1 billion. For Uber, it's a step...Read More»

Final Chevrolet Cruze built at GM Lordstown plant
Cleveland car dealer's proposed Uber rival would have reportedly kept GM plant alive

A Cleveland car dealer reportedly proposed a plan that would have kept a now-idled General Motors new-car factory in Ohio humming for at least another five years. Bernie Moreno, a Cleveland-based car dealer who owns dealerships across the U.S., reportedly approached GM with a plan to purchase...Read More»

Lyft car picking up a rider
To celebrate International Women's Day, Lyft offering free rides to historical places

March 8 marked International Women's Day, and Lyft plans to extend the celebration through the rest of the month. The ride-sharing service announced last week that it will offer free rides up to $10 to historical locations relevant to women's history and women-owned businesses. The program came to...Read More»

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Uber releases most common and most bizarre items left in its ride-share cars

Over thousands of rides, it's inevitable ride-share passengers will accidentally leave behind their cellphones, wallets, keys, and Chihuahua puppies on occasion. Wait, what? Last week, Uber released its latest lost and found index to show the most common, and some of the most bizarre, items its...Read More»

Uber Rewards program
Uber extends rewards program across the US

Uber launched its rewards program in nine U.S. cities this past January and on Monday the ride-share company extended the program nationwide. Uber Rewards will be available in over 100 U.S. cities for all riders to take advantage of, and those who do will be rewarded accordingly. The program...Read More»

Uber-owned Jump electric bike-share
Uber's bikes proving more popular than its cars

One U.S. city actually prefers Uber's eBikes to traditional ride-hailing, and the results came as a shock to the company itself. Sacramento, California, residents are more likely to rent Uber's Jump bikes than hail its cars by a 53 to 47 percent margin, The Sacramento Bee reported Monday. Uber said...Read More»

BMW Group CEO Harald Krüger (left) and Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche
Daimler, BMW merge mobility operations with $1.1B investment

German rivals BMW and Daimler said Friday that they've merged their car-share operations in a bid to challenge Lyft, Uber, and others in the burgeoning mobility sector. BMW and Daimler, which owns Mercedes-Benz, invest $1.1 billion combined into the joint venture. The cooperation is organized into...Read More»

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Uber to offer free rides to fans of Super Bowl loser

There will be one silver lining for Los Angeles Rams or New England Patriot fans on Super Bowl Sunday: they may be able to snag a free ride home from their game-watching party. According to The Boston Globe, Uber will offer free rides in the metro area that loses the big game. Given that the Boston...Read More»

uberPOOL using commuter tax benefits
Study: More than a third of Americans have used a ride-hail service

The share of Americans that use ride-hailing services grew in the past three years, but the percentage of riders who use services such as Uber and Lyft daily has remained relatively flat. The results of a study conducted by the Pew Research Center published Jan. 4 showed 36 percent of U.S. adults...Read More»

Ford Chariot ride-sharing vans
Ford puts the brakes on Chariot ride-share trials

After fewer than five years, Ford's unsuccessful ride-share service Chariot is closing its doors. The company said Thursday it will cease all operations in the U.S. and the U.K. by February 1. Chariot was not a direct rival to ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft. Instead, the company developed...Read More»

Uber Rewards program
Uber, Lyft roll out rewards programs

The ride-sharing industry has gotten more competitive in the past few years, and both Uber and Lyft will kick the rivalry up another notch with the launch of ride reward programs. Uber announced its rewards program on Wednesday and said it will initially roll it out in nine cities across the U.S...Read More»

Lyft Ride to Vote campaign
Lyft to provide half-off rides to the polls this Election Day

On Nov. 6, Lyft will make it easier for individuals to hitch a ride to their local voting precinct. The ride-sharing service will offer half-off rides for any individual across the U.S. as part of its "Ride to Vote" campaign. Lyft announced the initiative in August, but the campaign will kick off...Read More»

Ford and Lyft partner on self-driving cars
Lyft expands monthly ride-hail subscription service nationwide

Ride-hailing giant Lyft said Monday that its monthly subscription service is now available nationwide. For $299 per month, "All-Access Pass" subscribers get 30 rides costing up to $15 apiece. Anything over $15 is charged directly to the rider's credit card through the Lyft smartphone app. MORE...Read More»

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx
Lyft hires former Obama DOT secretary Anthony Foxx as chief policy officer

Ride-sharing giant Lyft has an eye on its self-driving taxi development going forward, as the company said Tuesday that it hired Anthony Foxx, former Transportation Secretary under President Barack Obama, as its new chief policy officer. According to CNN, Foxx is the first former transportation...Read More»

Uber driver (photo by Uber)
Study: Half of U.S. Uber drivers make less than $10 per hour

A publication focused on the ride-sharing industry found that median hourly wage for nearly half of the Uber drivers in the U.S. is just $9.73 after driving costs. While average hourly pay was $14.73 after tip, nearly $5 in vehicle costs per hour for things like gas, insurance, and maintenance cut...Read More»

Ford and Lyft partner on self-driving cars
Lyft users reach 1 billion trips in six years, all in US and Canada

In the six years since the ride-sharing company was founded, Lyft has crested one billion rides. According to The Verge, while it took Uber about the same amount of time to reach the mark, Lyft accomplished this feat entirely within the U.S. and Canada, with no overseas operations to bolster...Read More»

Cargo in-Uber food service
Cargo in-car convenience store brings snacks and gum to your Uber

On your way to a date or business meeting in the back of an Uber and realize your breath could use freshening up? A new service called Cargo has a solution for that. According to CNBC, the start up aims to put fully-stocked boxes of snacks, toiletries, and more on the center consoles of...Read More»

Uber driver (photo by Uber)
San Francisco warns Uber, Lyft passengers not to get into the wrong ride-share car

The city of San Francisco kicked off a public campaign on Tuesday to increase awareness around recent safety concerns involving passengers getting into the wrong Uber or Lyft vehicle. A number of recent assaults contributed to the need for a focused campaign, as San Francisco District Attorney...Read More»

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