Swerve – Jan 19
This is the first issue of Swerve. It’s bite sized, sometimes snarky, synopsis of what’s going on the the rideshare world. If you want to feel like you are on top of all the latest or you just enjoy sarcasm – this is a short read that I’m attempting to post weekly.
Can we go to McDonald’s?
Do you find yourself circling the drive thru over and over asking if breakfast is still being served? The Marshall Project on a question facing law enforcement officials in several states: When Are You Too Stoned to Drive?
Coulda, woulda, shoulda
So maybe Uber has realized that profit is an important part of business. An expensive lesson after the billions they’ve blown away each year. If they had left the rates in place, did away with the “winter warm ups” year after year they might be in a better place right now. Especially if you want to go public. https://qz.com/885455/uber-quietly-ends-january-price-cuts/
Lyft seems to have kept a guarantee it made to financial specialists a year ago that month-to-month misfortunes wouldn’t surpass $50 million. They only lost $600 million in the same time frame as Uber lost billions.
The key to happiness
Is apparently driving for Lyft, at least that’s what Harry Campbell gathered from his happiness survey. Wonder if he used a standard variance or was it just a statistical estimation. http://www.theverge.com/2017/1/18/14311540/uber-lyft-drivers-satisfaction-survey-rideshare-guy
But if Lyft is the key to happiness
There are going to be a lot of unhappy people in about 5 years if Logan Green (Lyft CEO) gets his way. Speaking at SXSW conference he said the big goal and right investments, including nationwide smart lanes, will reduce traffic. Does that mean less Lyfting?
It’s all part of a future where you’ll either carpool or pay to drive (but who’s going to be driving?) http://www.theverge.com/2017/1/17/14294736/lyft-traffic-carpool-congestion-pricing-hov-logan-green
Just google it.
Google has filed a patent for it’s autonomous (read self driving) vehicles ahead of Uber. So drivers, Uber and Lyft may not be the ones who will take your job . . .
All of this while Uber has pulled their self driving cars off the roads (rumor is they are going to Nevada) http://www.wpxi.com/news/business/uber-pulls-selfdriving-cars-from-california-roads_/478074542
And in the “too many drivers” category
Curbed is reporting that the number of Uber and Lyft drivers outnumber taxis 4 to 1. No mention of Juno in those numbers but you can only imagine what all the rideshare companies are doing to the cab business. No wonder cabbies are a little touchy these days.
Just say No
To cash trips. Rolled out in May and coming to a town near you (Colorado Springs is currently trying cash payments) Uber has opted to allow some passengers to pay in cash. Drivers are mostly against this because of the perception that Uber drivers will have a lot of money on them and hence be an easy target. And now we have our first reported casualty. http://www.iol.co.za/news/crime-courts/cash-payment-system-blamed-for-uber-taximans-death-7431756
That’s it for this week. I’ll be publishing the Swerve again next week with all new stories and sarcasm. If you have any comments or suggestions please add them below!