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RE: Uber and Lyft Shrug
All these existing middle man apps for car service or condo rentals (uber, airbnb, etc..) will eventually face stiff regional competition anyways. The writing is on the wall in some places. In asia in particular uber has competition from grabtaxi (Malaysia app developed by two Malaysian Chinese harvard grads.) which operates in 6 southeast asian countries and has been pretty successful.

Grabtaxi is an interesting business model because it piggybacks off existing taxi service but creates accountability for drivers. Taxis are cheap in asia in particular but honesty is a huge issue. Grabtaxi creates a situation where existing taxi services have an incentive to provide good service at standard rates.

China has its own uber clone called didi.

All this is ultimately good for the consumer.



(05-20-2016 01:12 PM)NilNisiOptimum Wrote:  Price fixing: In another suit, it is claimed that these companies set pricing, thus restricting earnings of drivers. This creates a catch 22. If the drivers are truly contractors, they would be able to set their own prices through Uber/Lyft. If the companies set prices, that is a strong indication of an employee relationship.

It would be interesting if drivers were given the option to fill out an online form which allows them to set their own rates. Then those rates are averaged out from all registered uber driver input in a specific city and fares are calculated on a monthly or maybe even a weekly basis.

It would avoid giving uber too much power to set rates and it would allow drivers more flexibility as a private contractor. If drivers got greedy and set rates too high then the free market would step in and they would end up pricing themselves out of the market. I think if this were explained properly most drivers would end up setting rates that probably wouldn't be too different from what uber sets now to remain competitive.
05-21-2016 01:27 PM
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Uber and Lyft leave Austin - puckerman - 05-19-2016, 10:59 PM
RE: Uber and Lyft Shrug - samsamsam - 05-20-2016, 12:05 AM
RE: Uber and Lyft Shrug - AboveAverageJoe - 05-20-2016, 12:22 AM
RE: Uber and Lyft Shrug - Fast Eddie - 05-20-2016, 05:28 AM
RE: Uber and Lyft Shrug - DJ-Matt - 05-20-2016, 10:17 AM
RE: Uber and Lyft Shrug - samsamsam - 05-20-2016, 10:31 AM
RE: Uber and Lyft Shrug - heavy - 05-20-2016, 10:39 AM
RE: Uber and Lyft leave Austin - Blaster - 05-28-2016, 09:29 PM
RE: Uber and Lyft Shrug - Samseau - 05-20-2016, 12:04 PM
RE: Uber and Lyft Shrug - samsamsam - 05-20-2016, 12:19 PM
RE: Uber and Lyft Shrug - AboveAverageJoe - 05-20-2016, 12:29 PM
RE: Uber and Lyft Shrug - puckerman - 05-20-2016, 12:48 PM
RE: Uber and Lyft Shrug - AboveAverageJoe - 05-20-2016, 01:16 PM
RE: Uber and Lyft Shrug - puckerman - 05-20-2016, 01:28 PM
RE: Uber and Lyft Shrug - NilNisiOptimum - 05-20-2016, 01:12 PM
RE: Uber and Lyft Shrug - El Chinito loco - 05-21-2016 01:27 PM
RE: Uber and Lyft Shrug - El Chinito loco - 05-20-2016, 06:06 PM
RE: Uber and Lyft Shrug - Phoenix - 05-21-2016, 03:34 AM
RE: Uber and Lyft leave Austin - Vaun - 05-22-2016, 08:23 PM
RE: Uber and Lyft leave Austin - Samseau - 05-22-2016, 08:45 PM
RE: Uber and Lyft leave Austin - rpg - 05-21-2016, 06:30 PM
RE: Uber and Lyft leave Austin - samsamsam - 05-21-2016, 06:38 PM
RE: Uber and Lyft leave Austin - Samseau - 05-22-2016, 07:41 PM
RE: Uber and Lyft leave Austin - storm - 06-11-2016, 12:08 PM
RE: Uber and Lyft leave Austin - Foolsgo1d - 03-15-2017, 10:51 AM
RE: Uber and Lyft leave Austin - puckerman - 03-14-2017, 11:22 PM
RE: Uber and Lyft leave Austin - puckerman - 07-15-2019, 07:16 AM

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