Items tagged with Lyft

Google just can't seem to catch a break with the Pixel 3 XL. As if early prototypes of the smartphone leaking out on the internet weren't enough, it looks as though its own employees are creating headaches for the company. The latest incident involves a Pixel 3 XL that was photographed extensively over the weekend. So where did this particular device come from? Well, a forgetful Google employee left the phone behind after taking a Lyft to his (or her) final destination. The phone was found lying in the backset by the driver after the Googler left the vehicle. According to Android Police, which received the images from an anonymous tipster, there were quite a few identifying numbers... Read more...
Controversy is attracted to Uber like flies on you-know-what. The latest evidence of this is a situation in London where Uber will not be allowed to operate after September 30, 2017. In a somewhat unusual move, Transport for London (TfL) said it informed Uber that it has been denied a private hire operator license because "Uber London is not fit and proper" to hold one. Ouch! "TfL's regulation of London's taxi and private hire trades is designed to ensure passenger safety. Prive hire operators must meet rigorous regulations, demonstrate to TfL that they do so, in order to operate. TfL must also be satisfied that an operator is fit and proper to hold a license," TfL stated in a Twitter post. "TfL... Read more...
Waymo and Lyft are joining forces to help bring self-driving vehicles to the masses. The collaboration comes on the heels of a ruling in the case of Anthony Levandowski, a former Google employee, founder of Otto and current Uber employee. Waymo and Lyft were not forthcoming about the details of the new relationship and did not reveal what products they will be working on, or when their new projects will be available to the public. Both Waymo and Lyft have worked in the past to collaborate with corporations in the automobile industry. Waymo has been in formal talks with Honda and Fiat Chrysler, while Lyft reached a deal last year with General Motors. A Waymo representative noted, “Lyft’s... Read more...
It often seems as though Google has its hands in an endless stream of projects, many times not being able to keep a focus on what’s truly important to its core. Google’s wandering eye is what led the company to spin off its self-driving car project into a separate company, Waymo, and now the company appears to be poised to use its newfound focus to take on the likes of Uber and Lyft. A new patent filing that has been uncovered describes the company’s efforts to deftly (and autonomously) navigate certain pickup and drop-off scenarios that could be handled with aplomb by human drivers, but could potentially stymie an AI driver. For example, a human would be able to quickly ascertain that an area... Read more...
Lyft co-founder and president John Zimmer has an ambitious vision of the future. In his mind, there will come a day when most of the ride-hailing service is run by self-driving cars rather than flesh and blood drivers. Oh, and that day is coming sooner than you think—how does five years strike you? That's the bold prediction Zimmer made in a recent blog post, but it wasn't the only one. Zimmer also predicted that private car ownership would "all but end" by 2025 in major U.S. cities, noting that millennials don't celebrate cars as symbols of freedom and identity the way that previous generations did and still do. To the average millennial, owning a car is an expensive burden, one that costs the... Read more...
Where autonomous driving is concerned, two things are certain: it's going to be a big part of our future, and companies like Google want that future to get here as soon as possible. Last month, we reported on Google's proposal to the government which highlighted reasons why the allowance of autonomous vehicles on our roads should happen sooner rather than later. In effect, Google believes that if a self-driving car can pass the same driving tests that humans must pass, then they should stand the same exact chance of being allowed on the road. It's hard to fault that logic. Fast-forward to today, and we learn of a partnership that aims to accomplish the same thing, and that partnership not surprisingly... Read more...
If the trick in life is to never take yourself too seriously, then Lyft should do fine in the long run, despite being an underdog to Uber. That's because the ride sharing service put itself on the map with furry pink mustaches attached to the front of drivers' cars. Call it a gimmick if you wish, but it worked, though the carstache as you know it is evolving. Meet the latest incarnation called the Glowstache. "The Glowstache will be debuting in different cities at different times, so stay tuned for news about when it’s coming to you," Lyft stated in a blog post. "Craving more Lyft swag? Head to ShopLyft to stock up in the meantime. With the Glowstache’s introduction comes... Read more...
Add South Carolina to the list of states and cities grappling with the pluses and minuses of allowing ride-sharing services like Lyft and Uber. The state’s Public Service Commission released a cease and desist order yesterday afternoon to put a temporary end to ridesharing services from Uber subsidiary Raiser.  The state is contemplating an application from Rasier for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity, which would give Uber approval to operate in the state. Trouble sprang up when the Public Service Commission determined that the ride sharing service might be operating before an official conclusion was reached. “At this point, it is not necessary to make... Read more...
Lyft, a privately held ridesharing service headquartered in San Francisco, has pulled over curbside to pick up Hitch, a carpooling startup also located in the most densely populated city in California (and second most densely populated city in the entire U.S. after New York City). The acquisition will be used to accelerate Lyft Line, Lyft's own carpooling service. "We’re excited to welcome current Hitch drivers into the Lyft community, many of whom are already signed on as ridesharing drivers," Lyft said in a blog post. "Lyft Line is in its early stages, and we’re only beginning to see what we can do with shared rides. We have seen incredible growth and demand for Lyft Line in San... Read more...
By now, it's pretty obvious that companies like Uber and Lyft offer a compelling service, one that taxi companies all over seem to be kicking themselves for not having thought of first. But despite the fact that these services offer a nice benefit to customers, they're fighting an uphill battle legally. Many, like Californian Senator Ben Hueso, prefer to vote in favor of the taxi lobby, causing the futures for companies like Uber to be clouded in complication. It's ironic, then, that the aforementioned Senator, mere hours after voting in support of a taxi lobby bill, was arrested for drunk driving. This is one of those situations when I feel compelled to fill in the blanks. After stumbling out... Read more...
Lyft announced that its was pushing into Brooklyn and Queens, places where its chief competition, Uber, already has a foothold, and it now has the green light to launch in all five boroughs after coming to agreements with the state and with local entities. That’s a huge deal for the rideshare service, of course, but there are caveats. One is that, according to a statement from New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and New York State Superintendent of Financial Services Benjamin M. Lawsky, Lyft must use only commercial drivers. Additionally, Lyft has to cease operations in Buffalo and Rochester by August 1st. A post by Lyft indicates that the cessation is temporary. ”Lyft... Read more...
Rideshare service Uber is already established in New York, but competitor Lyft is about to launch its service in the city as well, beginning with Queens and Brooklyn. From Lyft’s perspective, this isn’t just about edging into a market to keep pace with a competitor--it’s about bringing a much-needed service to areas that need it. “Brooklyn and Queens are vastly underserved by public transit options compared to the rest of New York City,” reads a Lyft blog post. “In fact, just one of New York’s 23 subway lines passes solely between boroughs, and 95% of taxi pickups happen in Manhattan or a local airport.” If Lyft can grab a chunk of this apparently... Read more...
Rideshare services Lyft and Uber (“hipster taxis”, a friend calls them) are facing some backlash over their business model of peer-to-peer ridesharing, particularly in the state of Virginia. The Virginia DMV has made it clear that this ridesharing paradigm is against current law. There’s a provision in the law for ridesharing in the case of, for example, carpoolers trying to save a buck getting to work, but Uber and Lyft violate the part of the law that applies to “any business that receives compensation to provide or facilitate transportation”. The Virginia DMV has sent cease and desist letters to both companies, warning them that after months of warnings and civil... Read more...