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Lyft's New Partner: Taco Bell

Idea is to encourage trips through drive-thru on the way home

(Newser) - It's apparently a fairly common question posed to drivers who work for the likes of Lyft or Uber: Is it OK to swing by a fast-food drive-thru on the way home? Now Lyft is not only answering the question in the affirmative, it's encouraging the practice. The company... More »

A New Uber Foe: Partnership of Lyft, Alphabet's Waymo

Self-driving vehicle sector just got even more competitive with new deal announcement

(Newser) - Lyft has the brawn via its nationwide fleet of taxis, Waymo has the brains with its self-driving technology, and together they just decided to make lots of money. The Wall Street Journal and New York Times report on a Sunday announcement from the two companies on a sparsely detailed deal... More »

Uber's Final Frontier: Upstate New York

State considers legislation to overturn ban on ride-sharing services

(Newser) - Brian Cook's March Madness-inspired trip to Buffalo to cheer on Princeton was, for him, a journey back to a simpler time, when hailing a ride meant standing on a corner and flagging down a taxi. "For a 19-year-old, that's unknown," said Cook. "I take Uber... More »

Think Rideshares Minimize Racism? Study: Think Again

It's not just taxi drivers who pick up fewer African-Americans

(Newser) - Research has suggested that Uber and the like are helping to alleviate some of the discrimination that runs rampant among taxi drivers—but a new study involving roughly 1,500 trips in Seattle and Boston may be casting some rain on that parade. Published by the National Bureau of Economic... More »

An Uber Headache? 2 Drivers Awarded Unemployment

Which means the NY Labor Department considers them employees

(Newser) - Uber has been fighting tooth and nail to keep its drivers classified as independent contractors rather than employees, with success . Now, a speed bump in New York: The state's Department of Labor in August and September ruled that two Uber drivers are eligible for unemployment payments, the New York ... More »

More Victims of Ex-Uber, Lyft Driver Reported

Jeremy Vague was one teen victim's volleyball coach

(Newser) - Police in Southern California say a 14-year-old girl and another female ridesharing customer were reportedly victimized by a man charged with assaulting several women while driving for Uber and Lyft. Escondido police Lt. Justin Murphy said Thursday that the teen's parent said Jeremy Vague had inappropriate contact with the... More »

An Uber Driver Could Soon Bring You Milk From Walmart

Store is testing grocery delivery with Uber, Lyft

(Newser) - Walmart says it will be testing its grocery delivery service with ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft in the next two weeks in Denver and Phoenix, the AP reports. That's in addition to a quiet pilot program that started in March with Deliv for its Sam's Club customers that... More »

Uber, Lyft Spent $8M to Win Austin Vote—and Lost

It was the most expensive campaign in city history

(Newser) - Uber and Lyft have made good on their threat to terminate operations in Austin as of Monday morning after a referendum didn't go their way. The companies spent more than $8 million—more than 50 times what their opponents spent—in a failed attempt to overturn the Texas city'... 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 »

GM Teams With Lyft on Ride-Sharing, Driverless Cars

Detroit giant makes $500M investment

(Newser) - General Motors and ride-hailing company Lyft are forming an unprecedented partnership that could help them beat their rivals to the self-driving future. Lyft said Monday that GM invested $500 million in the company as part of a $1 billion round of fundraising. GM gets a seat on Lyft's board... More »

Seattle OKs 'Bold Plan,' Lets Uber Drivers Unionize

Uber, Lyft, et al, not particularly thrilled

(Newser) - In an interesting turn of events in Seattle, the city's council Monday voted unanimously to become the nation's first city to allow ride-sharing services—including Uber, Lyft, and the like—to unionize. As such, reports Gizmodo , drivers will be allowed to collectively bargain for their salaries and working... More »

Uber Driver's Tweet Gets Him 'Fired'

The company called it 'hateful'

(Newser) - Be careful what you tweet. When Uber driver Christopher J. Ortiz wrote "Driving for Uber, not much safer than driving a taxi," in August, he wasn't expecting the statement to cause any problems with the San Francisco startup. The journalist drove for Uber in May and June... 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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