Have Lyft and Uber advertisements piqued your interest enough that you want to start earning some extra cash? Before you get too excited, take a close look at the vehicle requirements for these ride-hailing services. Your everyday ride might not meet the basic Lyft and Uber requirements, which vary from state to state and city to city. And that's not only true if your ride is a smoke-belching jalopy. Related: Which Car Features Help Uber, Lyft Drivers Get Better Ratings? Lyft and Uber both require your car to have four doors, which may sound basic, but if one door is a jump door like an extended-cab pickup truck, it won't qualify for Lyft. Uber calls this out as having "independently opening passenger doors." The companies also require cars to pass inspections (state and/or inspections with the company) and be in "good condition" with no cosmetic damage. Vehicle inspection points may include working headlights, taillights, brake pad/shoe thickness, cracked windshield, tire tread … [Read more...] about What are Uber/Lyft Car Requirements?
When Uber and Lyft first entered the market, offering a ride-hailing service that would come to include tens of thousands of amateur drivers, most major U.S. cities had been tightly controlling the competition. New York City allowed exactly 13,637 licenses for taxicabs. Chicago permitted 6,904, Boston 1,825 and Philadelphia 1,600. These numbers weren’t entirely arbitrary. Cities had spent decades trying to set numbers that would keep drivers and passengers satisfied and streets safe. But the exercise was always a fraught one. And New York City now faces an even more complex version of it, after the passage of legislation this week that will temporarily cap services like Uber and Lyft. The city plans to halt new licenses for a year while it studies the impact of ride-hailing and establishes new rules for driver pay. In doing so, it renews an old question: What’s the right number of vehicles anyway? The answer isn’t easy because it depends largely on which problem … [Read more...] about What’s the right number of taxis (or Uber or Lyft cars) in a city?
True story: when my pal “Creighton” decided to start using his Charger Hellcat for Uber, he called his insurance company and had them upgrade his policy to commercial status. Doing so pretty much wiped out any profit that he was going to make as an Uber driver, but he still made the call because he’s the kind of person who doesn’t like to take unnecessary risks.Getting rideshare-specific insurance isn’t always prohibitive, but during my conversations with various Uber and Lyft drivers I’ve yet to hear of anybody besides Creighton actually ponying-up for real additional coverage. Most of these people are living pretty close to the bone and they don’t really think they have that much to lose in the first place. Plus, there’s the fact that both Uber and Lyft offer some additional coverage as part of their driver agreement.That’s the theory of it, anyway. What happens when two Lyft drivers collide? Yesterday, someone found out.last … [Read more...] about What Happens When Two Lyft Drivers Collide?
New York City and San Francisco, besides having the most tailored beards and bike activists on both coasts (Note: Portland might have something to say about this) might not like some of the data emerging from the University of Michigan.While some Millennials, especially the ones working at startups and paying the equivalent of a Cadillac for a shoebox apartment in a trendy, upcoming part of their building, might think personal car ownership is as dated a concept as VCR tapes and telephone banking, there’s a vast gulf between that lifestyle and that of the average American. It’s clear to see in the U-M Transportation Research Institute’s latest findings.The data also pours a cold glass of asparagus water over an earlier poll that suggests we’re poised to kick car ownership to the curb.The contrast between the two studies, illustrated by Automotive News, can’t be denied. Early last year, a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll asked those who traded in or sold a … [Read more...] about Yet More Evidence That America’s Car Addiction Is Not About To Die
One of the reasons automakers are pursuing self-driving cars is that, while they'll initially be too expensive for individuals to buy, ride-hailing services (aka mobility) offer the technology the chance to mature in a way that's financially viable. Aptiv, a tier one supplier of autonomous technology, is working hard to make sure its system is in a lot of those vehicles, and at CES this year it's showing how that system might actually work in conjunction with Lyft.<!-- slide-7203747 Image Credit: Roberto Baldwin / Engadget slide-7203748 Image Credit: Roberto Baldwin / Engadget slide-7203749 Image Credit: Roberto Baldwin / Engadget slide-7203750 Image Credit: Roberto Baldwin / Engadget slide-7203751 Image Credit: Roberto Baldwin / Engadget slide-7203752 Image Credit: Roberto Baldwin / … [Read more...] about Aptiv’s self-driving Lyfts at CES take erratic Las Vegas traffic in stride