With Uber & Lyft, you’ve got a captive audience for the time the passenger is in the car. What you do with that time could lead to bigger and better things . . . as several drivers are finding. Uber is a great *side hustle.*
And maybe your side hustle inspires you to create something specific… like an Uber for the elderly. Arrive – for citizens who are more comfortable with a less tech savvy experience. The passengers speak to someone on the phone who will come pick them up. Sounds a bit like a taxi service . . .
If you really want to be an Uber or Lyft driver but don’t have a car, EFleet is ready to help. While services of this type have been offered before, EFleet is offering only electronic cars on a short-term, FairShare split lease. Not sure how the price will compare to the payday loan type vehicle leases Uber has recently been sued over, but it may be an option for some who need quick income. In a related move, Uber just inked a deal with Zipcar to put more drivers on the road (Can anyone say – OVERSATURATION!?)
Although electronic cars are not new, they are somewhat futuristic. But Uber apparently plans to take that to the next level with Uber in flight. They have recently hired a former NASA engineer to help them design the flying cars (is that actually an airplane?). As one driver who saw the article was quick to point out, they have had helicopters and boats – this is just another way to get publicity. Or is it?
With Uber for this and uber for that, exactly who is Uber trying to out-do? They have more drivers and passengers than any other rideshare service. Here’s a list of Uber’s tightest competitors. Notably missing: Juno. Unexpected underdog: Curb.
In a good move for Lyft this week, they hired the former head of Google maps! Yes, the guy who was the head of “street view” is now with Lyft and that can only mean good things for drivers. “People think Lyft’s mission is to just be a more efficient taxi company,” Vincent told The Verge. “But it’s really about rethinking transportation, rethinking how we move people and interact with the environment of the car”
Something to share with passengers, a few Uber Hacks featuring an interview with the UberG1rl herself. Thanks to Lindsay Tigar with Reader’s Digest. Everytime someone writes something positive and helpful about Uber, it helps to increase the rider base. And since we all know there are far too many drivers, getting riders is the way to go.