Augmented Reality From the Driver's Seat, and More Car News This Week

Augmented Reality From the Driver's Seat, and More Car News This Week

But Lyft and Aptiv say the experiment has helped them discover how people use and react to self-driving vehicles—information both companies may be able to use once the technology is ready to lose that pesky human.

Uber and Lyft's Financials Reveal Two Ride-Hailing Strategies

Uber and Lyft's Financials Reveal Two Ride-Hailing Strategies

Out of the chaos of Uber’s international business, which ranges from shared to premium ride-hail trips, to e-bikes, to e-scooters, to buses, to on-demand staffing, to food delivery, Khosrowshahi promised some actual money.

Now the Courts Will Decide Whether Uber Drivers Are Employees

Now the Courts Will Decide Whether Uber Drivers Are Employees

Vermont’s Department of Labor wrote in a 2017 bulletin that the “usual course of [Uber]’s business is the provision of a technology platform to its drivers, in exchange for a service fee.” But one federal judge in California called the distinction between technology and transportation company “fatally flawed.” (Uber settled that lawsuit by workers in March 2019, for $20 million.).

Uber and Lyft Suggest the Days of Cheap Rides Could Be Over

Uber and Lyft Suggest the Days of Cheap Rides Could Be Over

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said that his company’s rivalry with the other big San Francisco–based ride-hailing company had cooled—for now.Uber also took a hit in Latin America, where its revenue fell by 24 percent in the quarter, as Chinese ride-hail company Didi began an aggressive push into that market.

New York City Flexes Again, Extending Cap on Uber and Lyft

New York City Flexes Again, Extending Cap on Uber and Lyft

De Blasio also said New York would force the ride-hail companies to cut down on how much time their drivers spend “cruising”—that is, waiting for their next rides, or driving to their next passengers.

Lyft's Lawsuit Against San Francisco Is Bigger Than Bike-Share

Lyft's Lawsuit Against San Francisco Is Bigger Than Bike-Share

But the city of San Francisco seemed to challenge that exclusivity late last month , when it announced it would open up a permitting process for a larger dockless bike-share program—a process that would be open to companies other than Lyft and Motivate.

Another Fatal Tesla Autopilot Crash and More Car News This Week

Another Fatal Tesla Autopilot Crash and More Car News This Week

In March, on a Florida highway, the 50-year-old driver of a Tesla Model 3 turned on his car’s Autopilot feature and then took his hands off the wheel for eight seconds, according to an NTSB report released this week .

Lyft’s Loss Grows, but Execs Say the Bleeding Will Stop Soon

Lyft’s Loss Grows, but Execs Say the Bleeding Will Stop Soon

Lyft shares have fallen more than 20 percent since the IPO.A few business lines weighed down the company in the quarter, executives said. Lyft expects its revenue per active rider to stay flat through the coming summer months—peak scootin’ time, which might steal riders away from the company's higher-margin ride-hail services.

Injuries Force Lyft to Hit the Brakes on Its E-Bike Ambitions

Injuries Force Lyft to Hit the Brakes on Its E-Bike Ambitions

Just last week, the Chicago City Council approved an exclusive bike-share contract with Lyft, which included a promise to roll out 10,500 e-bikes by 2021.So it was a real disappointment late Sunday when the ride-hail company announced it would remove all of its electric bicycles—at least for the time being—due to reports of injury.

Inside a Ferrari Hypercar, Lyft’s IPO, and More Car News

Inside a Ferrari Hypercar, Lyft’s IPO, and More Car News

This week, ride-hail meets the markets, and we check in on the role of remote driving in (supposedly) driverless cars. For more stats on the ride-hail company, and to help you understand its IPO this week, check out these five charts.

Lyft’s IPO Filing Shows Ridership Is Surging—So Are Losses

Lyft’s IPO Filing Shows Ridership Is Surging—So Are Losses

Lyft’s IPO Filing Shows Ridership Is Surging—So Are Losses Lyft’s ridership has grown dramatically in the last two years, to the point where the company estimates that 9 percent of the US adult population has taken a ride.

Tesla Profits, a Polar Vortex, and More This Week in Car News

Tesla Profits, a Polar Vortex, and More This Week in Car News

Plus: Lyft sues to halt a driver minimum wage law in NYC, LA Metro experiments with ride-hail, and we connect the dots between carbon fiber production and flying taxis.

Lyft Sues New York City Over Driver Minimum Wage Rules

Lyft Sues New York City Over Driver Minimum Wage Rules

(Via’s utilization rate is higher than Uber’s not because it has more drivers but because it offers only shared rides, much like Uber’s ride-pooling service, UberPOOL.) “Our lawsuit does not target the law passed by City Council but instead addresses the specific way the TLC plans to implement the rules, which would advantage Uber in New York City at the expense of drivers and smaller players such as Lyft,” Lyft spokesperson Campbell Matthews said in a statement.

Cabbies Unite! An App Challenges the Uber and Lyft Overlords

Cabbies Unite! An App Challenges the Uber and Lyft Overlords

Itzhak is the head of HERE Mobility, an 18-month-old unit of the mapping company HERE (jointly owned by BMW, Audi, and Daimler) that today announced the launch of an app called SoMo. That’s for “social mobility,” and it’s what Itzhak calls an “open global neutral mobility marketplace,” which is a wordy way of saying, an effort to pull together pretty much every way of getting around that isn’t a ride-hail service.

A Third of Americans Use Ride-Hail. Uber and Lyft Need More

A Third of Americans Use Ride-Hail. Uber and Lyft Need More

That comports, mostly, with other surveys conducted in the past year about Uber and Lyft ridership, which have found that between 24.4 and 43 percent of the US population has used apps to summon rides.

The Tricky Business of Making Ride-Hail Work for Kids

The Tricky Business of Making Ride-Hail Work for Kids

The Tricky Business of Making Ride-Hail Work for Kids For parents who want to better protect their progeny, a new crop of services offer rigorously vetted drivers who can babysit as well as drive.

Lyft Bets Big on Bikes in NYC, and Uber Is None Too Happy

Lyft Bets Big on Bikes in NYC, and Uber Is None Too Happy

But both Uber and Lime say they’ve been snubbed, and that they want to expand service to more lower income New Yorkers.A mock-up of Lyft's branded dockless bikes, which the company says it might deploy in cities all over the US.

Airports Cracked Uber and Lyft—Time for Cities to Take Note

Airports Cracked Uber and Lyft—Time for Cities to Take Note

At San Francisco International, companies like Uber and Lyft now account for 75 percent of commercial ground transportation, says airport spokesperson Doug Yakel.

This Week In the Future of Cars: Women Pay More for Transit

This Week In the Future of Cars: Women Pay More for Transit

If the thought of holiday traffic next week is already getting you down, then we also have (futuristic) options for getting up and over it.HeadlinesStories you might have missed from WIRED this weekPublic transit is supposed to be equally accessible to anyone, but as Aarian Marshall reports, women pay a “pink transport tax.” In New York City, women pay $36 to $50 extra per month just to get around, mainly due to safety concerns.

Uber Rewards Loyalty Program Gives Perks to Power Users

Uber Rewards Loyalty Program Gives Perks to Power Users

Uber Rewards Loyalty Program Gives Perks to Power UsersIn a ride-hail landscape where persistent competitors like Lyft, Grab, and Careem offer virtually identical services and have blocked Uber’s bid for monopoly, the program is another path to keeping customers in the house that Travis (and Dara) built.Lucas Jackson/ReutersFor a service that’s meant to be easy to use, Uber can be awful stressful.

Outdoors for Everyone? We Need Better Access

Outdoors for Everyone? We Need Better Access

If we want the outdoors to be for everyone, we need to find access solutions to meet people where they are. Bringing people out to nature with discounted Lyft rides and organized camping trips is another solution REI (the outdoor clothing and gear company) is experimenting with.

Lyft's Bid to Rule the Streets Now Includes Public Transit

Lyft's Bid to Rule the Streets Now Includes Public Transit

You can see where each line goes, and when the next bus or train is coming.Starting this week in Santa Monica, the Lyft app will give some users access to information about public transit, including nearby lines.