The City of Los Angeles is the latest to tell ride-sharing apps SideCar, Lyft and Uber that they are operating car services without a license and must cease and desist immediately.
Airbnb will capitalize on its success by expanding into more aspects of travel, founder Joe Gebbia said today in London at LeWeb, but it will work with car-sharing companies to build the collaborative economy rather than competing with them.
If Web 2.0 was the flourishing of social media, Web 3.0 will be the use of social platforms to support individuals sharing goods and services with one another: That’s the main argument of a report from the industry research firm Altimeter Group in the lead-up to the LeWeb conference this week that focuses on the so-called collaborative economy.
Both Uber and Hailo have been cleared to start operating their e-hail taxi services in New York City, but SideCar is still sidelined. The city and the service have been on a collision course since SideCar launched in the Big Apple in March, which came to a head this weekend when two drivers were ticketed.
SideCar has acquired Heyride, an Austin, Tex.-based ride-sharing mobile app.
The California Public Utilities Commission has made a deal with Uber, that will allow the company’s black car service continue to operate while rules are finalized that specifically address mobile apps that allow users to arrange for rides with black car drivers and private citizens.
The California Public Utilities Commission today said that it has entered into an agreement with Lyft mobile application, revoking a cease-and-desist order until a rulemaking process addressing ride-sharing apps concludes six months from now.
Avis rental car company will acquire the car-share company Zipcar for $500 million, the companies announced today. Zipcar has been a standard-bearer for the sharing economy fueled by Internet technology, and the announced deal caused Avis to rise up among trending topics on Twitter.
SideCar, an app that allows users to arrange shared rides, will introduce surge pricing in San Francisco on New Year’s Eve to encourage more users to drive.
After citing Lyft and Uber with $20,000 fines, regulators are re-evaluating California’s laws regarding charter-party carriers. This decision comes after New York City and Washington D.C. moved to legalize e-hailing services.
“The Commission has a responsibility for determining whether and how public safety might be affected by these new businesses. The purpose of this Rulemaking is not to stifle innovation and the provision of new services that consumers want, but rather to assess public safety risks, and to ensure that the safety of the public is not compromised in the operation of these new business models.”
While regulators are mostly concerned with public safety, Lyft and Uber creates are public forum on poor services and subsequent backlash is much more visible in today’s mobile commerce. current taxi and charter systems do not allow for public feedback, thus making Lyft and Uber’s technology a lot more confidant in the public’s eye.
Companies such as Lyft are based in San Francisco, a city whose economy is largely tech-driven. San Franciscans suffer especially on rainy days and Saturday evenings when every cab is full of riders. Removing such restriction would allow businesses like Lyft, Uber, and SideCar to develop alternative transit in a city that is sparse in parking spaces and low in taxis.