Self-driving cars to shuttle workers around Brooklyn Navy Yard

22 Mar
Optimus Ride to launch at Brooklyn Navy YardNew York is in for its first self-driving car shuttle service, thanks to Optimus Ride. The company announced Wednesday that it will bring the first autonomous shuttles to the Empire State later this year. Specifically, the shuttles will operate at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, which covers 300 acres and houses more than 400 manufacturing sites. About...

NYC sets a minimum wage for Uber, Lyft drivers

7 Dec
Uber driver (photo by Uber)The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission voted to approve a minimum wage for drivers of ride-sharing services such as Lyft and Uber. At the end of this year, drivers will be paid a mandated $17.22 per hour, which accounts for expenses, the Washington Post reported Tuesday. The Commission's vote makes New York the first U.S. city to require...

NYC hopes congestion fee won’t get stuck in legislative gridlock

30 Jan
Hybrid New York Taxi by Flickr user Yodel AnecdotalNew York Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed a so-called congestion charge in an attempt to combat New York City—and specifically Manhattan—traffic jams. If implemented, drivers would face fees of $11.52 to enter the most traffic-prone areas of Manhattan, and trucks would see a daily fee of $25.34. The Manhattan charge, which would be...

Lift opens Big Apple office in bid for larger slice of ride-share pie

13 Nov
Lyft car with trademark pink mustache (via Wikimedia) New York is already one of the most hotly-contested rideshare markets, with Uber surging ahead of the city’s famed Yellow Cabs and Lyft registering gains on both, in terms of rides hailed. Now, Lyft is folding the battle for the Big Apple into its overarching strategy, amplifying its East Coast efforts in a move it considers vital to...

Uber eclipses the ubiquitous yellow taxi in New York

27 Oct
Toyota Camry Hybrid NYC Taxi [Photo: Flickr user gomattolson]According to Morgan Stanley, Uber has parted New York’s yellow sea, surpassing the city’s famed taxi fleets for the number of dispatched trips in the month of July. While Uber had been gaining for a while, the real surprise could just Uber’s main competition in the ridesharing sector, Lyft, which is gaining on Uber, at least...