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Google to Launch New Ride-Share Service: Report

It'll target commuters in SF, is based on Waze: WSJ

(Newser) - There's about to be a new ride-sharing service in town—at least in San Francisco. Google will soon launch a carpooling service in the city using its Waze app, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The company has been using employees of Google, Adobe, and Walmart to test... More »

New Numbers Show How Much Uber Drivers Really Earn

It's less than the ride-share company had claimed

(Newser) - At various points, Uber has claimed its drivers can make up to $90,000 a year or $17 an hour, Vanity Fair reports. Tech Times heard $19 an hour. But, according to numbers crunched by BuzzFeed , Uber drivers—on average, in at least three markets—are making far less than... More »

You Can Now Schedule Your Uber 30 Days in Advance*

*In Seattle, that is

(Newser) - Uber has long insisted it's an "on-demand" ride service, meaning users weren't able to schedule rides in advance—until now. Starting last week in Seattle, the ride-sharing service is allowing users to reserve an Uber as far as 30 days in advance, the Christian Science Monitor reports.... More »

One Part of New Uber Deal: Drivers Can Encourage Tips

But they'll remain independent contractors

(Newser) - It will cost Uber up to $100 million and some significant policy concessions, but the ride-hailing company is forging forward with its thriving business model by keeping its drivers independent contractors—for now, the AP reports. Uber settled major class-action lawsuits in California and Massachusetts that sought employee status and... More »

New Ride-Sharing Service for Women, Driven by Women

But there are risks of gender discrimination lawsuits

(Newser) - Starting April 19 in Boston, women will be able to hail a ride that may make them feel safer, the Next Web reports. In response to reported sexual assaults during Uber, Lyft, and taxi rides, Michael Pelletz launched Chariot for Women , providing ride-sharing just for women (as well as kids... More »

Saudi Women Get Around Driving Ban by Using Uber

Ride-sharing apps sometimes only recourse for females in strict Islamic state

(Newser) - With female driving in Saudi Arabia effectively banned, mass transit not that great, taxis unreliable and dirty, and private cars expensive, women can have a hard time getting around in the country, the Los Angeles Times reports. "If you can't find a driver, you have to wait for... More »

Uber, Lyft Are Great for Consumers? Dream On

Catherine Rampell: Don't expect this ride-sharing competition to continue long term

(Newser) - The taxi business, of course, hates ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft that are popping up everywhere, but they can only be good news for consumers, right? At the Washington Post , Catherine Rampell pokes a few holes in that line of thinking. Yes, the current abundance of options likely... More »

A National First: California OKs Ride-Sharing

New regulations cement fast-growing services as legal

(Newser) - California has just become the first state to devise regulations for ride-sharing services, the fast-growing underground cab companies that have traditional taxis shaking in their boots. Services like Lyft, Sidecar, and Uber Technologies let you pay for a ride from people who use their own cars to drive you around.... More »

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