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Uber, Lyft roll out rewards programs
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»

Uber flying taxi prototype
Uber plans to make ride-sharing less than half of its business within 10 years

Think Uber is just another ride-sharing company? Think again, apparently. Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has big plans to change the way we think about car ownership and transportation in general in the not-so-distant future. According to Market Watch, at an address to the crowd at the L’Attitude...Read More»

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Uber to ban low-rated riders in Australia, New Zealand

Uber riders with a low rating on the company's scale will soon need to look for a new ride-hailing service in Australia and New Zealand, the company said last week. Speaking on Australia's "Sunrise" morning television program, Uber's general manager for Australia and New Zealand, Susan Anderson...Read More»

Uber app
Uber’s app can report crashes to emergency services, order free new ride

In an attempt to make things safer for drivers and riders in the event of a collision or unexpected stop, Uber Chief Executive Officer Dara Khosrowshahi said Wednesday that the company would be instituting a new Ride Check system. The system uses a GPS-powered tool and smartphone sensors to detect...Read More»

Lyft scooters in Denver
Lyft beats Uber, launches its own scooter service

Ride-share giant Lyft beat Uber to the pavement when its first rent-by-the-minute scooters hit the road in Denver Thursday. Uber is expected to put its scooters into service in Santa Monica, California, within a few weeks, CNN reported. Lyft dropped off 350 scooters in Denver, 100 of which it...Read More»

Lyft Oregon Trail Celebration
Lyft celebrates 175 years of the Oregon Trail with covered wagon rides

The dream of the 1840s is alive in Portland, Oregon, this week. That's because ride-share service Lyft is offering covered wagon rides downtown to commemorate 175 years of the Oregon Trail from Tuesday to Thursday. Lyft admits that the service isn't as much about efficient transportation as it is...Read More»

Uber-owned Jump electric bike-share
Uber to prioritize bikes, scooters over cars for short journeys

Uber's chief executive officer said Thursday that he wants urban users of the ride-share service to pedal or scoot short distances rather than to ride in the back seat of a car. "During rush hour, it is very inefficient for a one ton hulk of metal to take one person 10 blocks," Uber CEO Dara...Read More»

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Hold your hailing: AAA study finds using ride-sharing apps over twice the annual cost of car ownership

Thinking of ditching your car to save money now that you live in an urban area? Think again. A study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety published Tuesday found that using ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft instead of owning a car would cost over twice as much annually on average. The...Read More»

Aptiv self-driving car prototype
Lyft, Aptiv reach 5,000 paid ride milestone in self-driving BMWs

The race to the autonomous ride-sharing finish line just got a little bit tighter, as Lyft and self-driving tech company Aptiv said Tuesday that their Las Vegas-based taxis have completed 5,000 paid rides. Lyft and Aptiv's trial is the first commercial, for-profit self-driving ride-share, although...Read More»

New York City skyline (by Flickr user AngMoKio)
New York City to vote this week on historic cap for Uber, Lyft ride-sharing vehicles

New York City officials will vote this week on whether or not to cap the number of ride-sharing vehicles from apps like Uber and Lyft at the current level and bar any new vehicles from operating, save those that are handicap accessible. MORE: Uber rethinks autonomous efforts in Pittsburgh in wake...Read More»

BMW ReachNow
BMW goes after Uber, expands ReachNew car-share app to include ride-sharing

BMW said Tuesday that its ReachNow car-sharing app will add the ability to book an Uber or Lyft-like ride-share, making it the first to merge the two services. The app allows members to reserve a car, snag a ride, or schedule a pick-up for later. MORE: Trump trade tirade threatens BMW...Read More»

Mercedes-Benz EQA concept, 2017 Frankfurt auto show
Daimler, Bosch take self-driving taxi project to Silicon Valley competitors

Daimler, the parent company of the Mercedes-Benz and smart brands, and major parts supplier Bosch announced Tuesday that it will deploy a self-driving taxi test program in Silicon Valley next year, taking the fight right to the heart of the ride-sharing world. MORE: Volkswagen, suppliers team up to...Read More»

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