Lyft car picking up a riderLyft is the latest car-sharing company to sign onto an effort to make ride sharing cars more efficient. The post-millennial taxi service announced that it plans to introduce "thousands" of electric cars onto its platform and make it easy for riders to choose them using a new "Green Mode" in the Lyft app. "These efforts will provide cleaner transportation options for Lyft riders, and increase net earnings for our driver community. Once adopted widely, EVs hold the promise of making cities more livable by dramatically reducing air pollution," the company said in a blog post Wednesday. READ MORE: Uber starts paying drivers to buy electric The company, which already bills itself as the only ride-sharing service to become carbon neutral after purchasing carbon credits to offset the emissions from its drivers' vehicles, says all the electric cars will be charged using renewable energy. The Green Mode launched in Seattle on Wednesday and is expected to roll out in … [Read more...] about Lyft plans to give riders and drivers an electric lift
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?
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Technology Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by ByDaisuke Wakabayashi March 19, 2018 Leer en español SAN FRANCISCO — Arizona officials saw opportunity when Uber and other companies began testing driverless cars a few years ago. Promising to keep oversight light, they invited the companies to test their robotic vehicles on the state’s roads. Then on Sunday night, an autonomous car operated by Uber — and with an emergency backup driver behind the wheel — struck and killed a woman on a street in Tempe, Ariz. It was believed to be the first pedestrian death associated with self-driving technology. The company quickly suspended testing in Tempe as well as in Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Toronto. How a Self-Driving Uber Killed a Pedestrian in Arizona The death of a woman who was struck by an autonomous car operated by Uber is believed to … [Read more...] about Self-Driving Uber Car Kills Pedestrian in Arizona, Where Robots Roam
Global market research and consulting firm Ipsos recently set out to answer the question that’s on the entire automotive industry’s mind: do people really want self-driving cars? For the study, Ipsos surveyed 21,549 consumers from 28 countries between the ages of 18-24. The study was conducted from November 27th, 2017 to December 8th, 2017, so this was before the fatal accident involving a pedestrian and a self-driving Uber, and before one of General Motors’ Cruise AV test cars was ticketed in San Francisco for failing to yield to a pedestrian. These stories may have changed consumer perceptions of AVs in the interim, but Ipsos’ findings are still very interesting. According to the study, only 22% of Americans and 18% of Canadians describe themselves as being in favor of self-driving cars and eager to use them. That number was a bit higher outside of North America at 30%, but still surprisingly low. Additionally, 54% of Americans said they were unsure of them … [Read more...] about Study Shows Americans Are Unsure About Self Driving Cars