Lyft, Aptiv will supply rides to blind or visually impaired people

13 Jul
Lyft, Aptiv to provide rides for blind individalsRidesharing company Lyft and self-driving car startup Aptiv want to make sure that blind or visually impaired people can still get where they need to go. Both companies said this week they have partnered with the National Federation of the Blind to provide rides to blind or visually impaired people. The partnership will ensure transportation is...

Hyundai to offer owners Lyft rides while cars are in for service

28 Jun
Lyft car picking up a riderHyundai owners many not need a loaner car or wait for the dealership shuttle while their vehicle undergoes service. The automaker's dealer network will soon offer customers Lyft rides to home or work while it handles repairs and other services. The brand said in a Tuesday release that dealers will soon be able to subscribe to the Hailer service...

Uber to ban low-rated riders from its ride-share service

30 May
Uber logoUber will ban low-rated riders from its service in the U.S., a move the ride-share company has already made in Australia and New Zealand. In a statement released Wednesday, Uber said the policy change puts the same level of accountability on riders as it does on drivers. Any rider who falls into a "significantly below-average" rating will be at...

Many ride-share cars have open safety recalls

28 May
Uber driver (photo by Uber)Nearly one sixth of all ride-share vehicles in two major U.S. markets are subject to safety recalls that haven't yet been performed. Consumer Reports reported last week that one in six ride-share vehicles in a study of vehicles in the New York City and Seattle areas had an open recall. The issues ranged in severity, but all recalls are tied to a...

Lyft adds 911 call button, other app features in new rider-safety push

25 May
LyftLyft passengers will be able to dial 911 directly from the ride-sharing company's smartphone application. The company said Tuesday the in-app emergency service contact is one of several ways it aims to boost rider safety. Using the 911 feature within the Lyft app provides a police dispatcher crucial information such as exact location and the...

Uber, Lyft drivers strike over low wages, limited benefits

8 May
Uber appFrequent Uber and Lyft users may have a more difficult time hailing a ride this week as drivers go on strike to protest low pay. CNBC reported Tuesday that the strike is intended to raise awareness that drivers are vital to Uber and Lyft operations. The strikes started Tuesday across numerous U.S. cities, including New York City, Los Angeles...

Uber spent $2M to champion NYC’s new congestion charge

4 Apr
Uber appRide-share giant Uber reportedly spent $2 million in an effort to keep cars out of New York City. The Financial Times (subscription required) reported Wednesday that Uber dug deeper into its pockets than anyone else to lobby New York lawmakers to support a new congestion charge set to fall into place over the next few years. Uber's efforts are an...

Uber buys its biggest rival in the Middle East

28 Mar
Uber acquires Middle East ridesharing firm CareemBy buying its largest rival in the Middle East, Uber on Tuesday became the dominant ride-share service in some of the world's busiest and fastest-growing cities. Uber said that it will buy former rival Careem in a move that willcost the U.S. ridesharing company $3.1 billion. For Uber, it's a step toward global growth and it saw the Careem brand as...

Cleveland car dealer’s proposed Uber rival would have reportedly kept GM plant alive

21 Mar
Final Chevrolet Cruze built at GM Lordstown plantA Cleveland car dealer reportedly proposed a plan that would have kept a now-idled General Motors new-car factory in Ohio humming for at least another five years. Bernie Moreno, a Cleveland-based car dealer who owns dealerships across the U.S., reportedly approached GM with a plan to purchase hundreds of thousands of cars per year to use for an...