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A Day in the Uber Life | Village Voice
“When you’re driving a yellow cab and you don’t have any other irons in the fire — an easy jam to find yourself in, when the game compels you to drive for twelve hours a day, six or seven days a week — you make your peace with every part of your job that’s a pain in the ass, because, at the end of your shift, all you want to do is switch off your brain and collapse, and you lack the creative impulse to imagine a different strategy. Along comes Uber, and it’s imagined for you”
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2 days ago by JohnDrake
Lyft Tests Self-Driving Vehicles in Boston |
Lyft has started its self-driving car pilot with the self-driving car company nuTonomy, matching its riders with autonomous vehicles in parts of Boston.
nuTonomy made the announcement that passengers in Boston’s Seaport district will experience self-driving rides on the Lyft network in nuTonomy vehicles. As the pilot progresses, select area passengers will be matched with nuTonomy self-driving vehicles when they request rides through the Lyft app.
taxi  robots  automotive  casestudies 
3 days ago by dancall
Request a Lyft inside the Amtrak app when your train arrives
Lyft has teamed up with another brand, forming a partnership that totally makes sense. Now, Amtrak riders can request a Lyft directly from the Amtrak app. Lyft said in a statement that rides to and from transit stations are one of its most popular routes and account for a quarter of Chicago ride requests alone. Amtrak travel is available in 46 states and as of now, Lyft is available to 97 percent of Amtrak riders.

This is the most recent brand partnership for Lyft, which just launched its Minnie Vans for guest transport throughout Disney World. The company also recently joined forces with Taco Bell. These brand partnerships are smart moves, building on increasing momentum that has pushed the company past the one million rides per day mark and nudged its growth beyond that of Uber's.
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13 days ago by dancall
Uber is buying 24,000 Volvo XC90 SUVs to form a fleet of driverless cars - The Verge
Uber will buy 24,000 XC90 SVUs from Volvo to form a fleet of driverless vehicles, reports Bloomberg. The XC90s, which start at $45,750, will be delivered between 2019 and 2021. The base vehicles feature core autonomous driving technologies that will enable Uber to add its own automation features as well, Volvo says. “This new agreement puts us on a path towards mass produced self-driving vehicles at scale,” Jeff Miller, head of auto alliances at Uber said in a statement.

Volvo said engineers from both companies developed the XC90 premium SUVs supplied to Uber. Uber has been spotted testing its self-driving Volvo XC90 SUVs before in Pittsburgh, and the company has had a strategic partnership with Volvo since August 2016. Uber also has a small fleet of self-driving Ford Fusions.
uber  automotive  deals  robots  future  taxi 
19 days ago by dancall
Uber gives top riders a 24/7 ‘Premium Support’ hotline | TechCrunch
This week, TechCrunch spotted Uber testing new “Premium Support” features that the company then confirmed to us. Uber tells TechCrunch: “We’re running two small support pilots​. The first is beta testing a hotline available 24/7. The second is beta testing support from specially trained experts via our in-app support feature. Riders contact support through the app as they normally would, but receive faster, more personalized service.”
uber  taxi  trends  future  luxury 
4 weeks ago by dancall
Pioneering OOH Summer cab ride turns into winter nightmare to promote new Geostorm film - Pioneering OOH
They stumbled upon a sub-zero street, complete with frozen traffic cops and delivery men, snow-blown surfaces, and icicles hanging from every surface. It was like a scene from a disaster movie. Which is, of course, the idea.
taxi  stunts 
4 weeks ago by dancall
Strange Mode: Lyft x Stranger Things - YouTube
To celebrate Halloween and a new season of “Stranger Things”, Lyft partnered with Netflix to create Strange Mode. On Oct. 27 & 28, the Upside Down comes to rides in Los Angeles and Philadelphia. Be warned, this isn’t your average Lyft ride…
tv  films  taxi  creative  stunts 
5 weeks ago by dancall
Netflix gives Lyft customers a ride to 'Stranger Things' | Mobile Marketer
Netflix, the video streaming service with 109.3 million subscribers globally, partnered with ride-sharing app Lyft to promote the second season of science fiction-horror series “Stranger Things,” according to a blog post from Lyft. Passengers in Los Angeles and Philadelphia who select “Strange Mode” in the Lyft app get a chance to have a scary, in-car experience between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. local time Oct. 27-28.
As a video demonstration shows, the immersive “Stranger Things” ride comes complete with creepy lighting effects, nauseating slugs and people in hazmat suits bearing Eggo Waffles, which fans know is the favorite food of character Eleven. Netflix starts streaming the second season today.
taxi  tv  films  partnerships  stunts 
5 weeks ago by dancall

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