• Lyft Is Not Your Friend

    Lyft is the latest brand trying to build market share by posing as a “progressive” corporation. But the fight can’t be good corporations against bad ones — it’s working people against capitalism.

    In early 2017, liberals hit on a new strategy to resist the nascent Trump administration: #DeleteUber.

    It started when New York City’s taxi drivers refused to service JFK airport to protest Trump’s travel ban targeting Muslim-majority countries, and Uber was spotted leveraging the ensuing crisis for profit. Then Uber CEO Travis Kalanick came under fire for accepting an appointment to Trump’s economic advisory council. He announced his resignation from the council, but only weeks later a video leaked of Kalanick reprimanding a driver for his company.

    Amid various ensuing scandals, Kalanick stepped down as CEO of Uber, but by then millions of consumers had turned on the brand in protest, deleting the Uber app from their phone and opting instead for the rideshare giant’s rival Lyft.

    Lyft leaned in, eagerly branding itself as the progressive alternative to Uber by pledging a $1 million donation to the ACLU and trotting out celebrities to promote it as a company committed to “doing things for the right reasons.” Lyft, of course, operates on the same labor model as Uber — its drivers are not employees but independent contractors, and are therefore denied all the benefits and protections that workers receive under more ideal circumstances. Nevertheless, a new refrain rang out across liberaldom: “I don’t use Uber, I use Lyft.”

    What socialists understand that liberals don’t is that brands are corporate enterprises, and corporate enterprises are fundamentally motivated by the pursuit of profit — even in their ostentatious acts of charity and wokeness.

    Three surefire ways to maximize profit are: suppressing labor costs by paying workers as little as you can get away with, lobbying the state for deregulation and lower taxes, and opening new markets by finding new things to commodify and sell. Businesses will always pursue these avenues of profit maximization where they can. It’s not a matter of ethics but of market discipline: if they don’t, they run the risk of losing out to the competition and eventually capsizing.

    Sometimes corporations do things for publicity that make it seem like their interests are not fundamentally misaligned with those of the working-class majority, who rely on decent wages and well-funded public services. But those efforts are meant to sustain public confidence in a given corporation’s brand, which is occasionally necessary for keeping up profits, as Uber’s losses in 2017 demonstrate. When corporate profits come into direct conflict with active measures to improve people’s wellbeing, corporations will always select the former. Case in point: Lyft just donated $100k to the campaign against a ballot measure that would create a tax fund to house the homeless in San Francisco, where the company is based.

    Why did the progressive alternative to Uber do this? Well, because the company doesn’t want to pay higher taxes. Because high taxes imperil profits, and profits are the point. Another likely rationale is to build stronger bonds with pro-business advocacy groups in San Francisco, so that the company will have allies if the city decides to implement regulations against ride-sharing services, which is rumored to be a possibility.

    Lyft has already mastered the art of suppressing labor costs and opening new markets. Next on the wish list, low taxes and deregulation. It’s pretty formulaic when you get down to it.

    San Francisco is home to an estimated 7,500 homeless people. Proposition C would tap the large corporations that benefit from the city’s public infrastructure to double the city’s homelessness budget in an attempt to resolve the crisis. The corporations opposing Proposition C say that the move would imperil jobs. This is not an analysis, it’s a threat. What they’re saying is that if the city reaches too far into their pockets, they’ll take their business elsewhere, draining the region of jobs and revenue as punishment for government overreach. It’s a mobster’s insinuation: Nice economy, shame if something happened to it. Meanwhile thousands of people sleep in the streets, even though the money to shelter them is within the city’s borders.

    Of course, in every struggle over taxes and industry regulation there may be a few canny corporate outliers looking to ingratiate their brand to the public by bucking the trend. In the case of Proposition C, it’s Salesforce, whose CEO Marc Benioff has made a public display of support for the ballot measure. But before you rush to praise Benioff, consider that only two months ago he lauded Trump’s tax cuts for fueling “aggressive spending” and injecting life into the economy.

    You could spend your life as an engaged consumer hopping from brand to brand, as liberals often do, pledging allegiance to this one and protesting that one to the beat of the new cycle drum. You could delete Lyft from your phone the same way you did with Uber, and find another rideshare app that you deem more ethical, until that one inevitably disappoints you too.

    Or you could press pause, stop scrambling for some superior consumption choice to ease your conscience, and entertain the socialist notion that deep down all corporations are objectively the same. They all exist to maximize return on investment for the people who own them. They are all in competition with each other to plunder our commons most effectively, with the lowest overhead, which means compensating the least for employees’ work. And when the rubber meets the road, they will all prioritize private profits over the wellbeing of those who own no productive assets, which is the vast majority of the people on the planet. They will demonstrate these priorities on a case-by-case basis, and on a massive global scale so long as capitalism prevails.

    “We’re woke,” said Lyft CEO John Zimmerman at the height of the Uber scandal. It was horseshit — it always is. And until liberals stop believing than any brand can be truly “woke,” or can offer a genuine alternative to the predatory behavior they observe in other “unwoke” brands, they’ll be unable to mount a meaningful resistance to anything.

    Whether we want to ensure clean drinking water for the residents of Flint or to shelter the homeless of San Francisco, we have to draw clear battle lines that are up to the challenge. The fight can’t be good corporations against bad corporations. It has to be working people against capitalism.

    #USA #Lyft #Uber #Arbeit

  • The impact of ride-hailing on vehicle miles traveled | SpringerLink

    Ride-haling such as #Uber and #Lyft are changing the ways people travel. Despite widespread claims that these services help reduce driving, there is little research on this topic. This research paper uses a quasi-natural experiment in the Denver, Colorado, region to analyze basic impacts of ride-hailing on transportation efficiency in terms of deadheading, vehicle occupancy, mode replacement, and vehicle miles traveled (VMT). Realizing the difficulty in obtaining data directly from Uber and Lyft, we designed a quasi-natural experiment—by one of the authors driving for both companies—to collect primary data. This experiment uses an ethnographic and survey-based approach that allows the authors to gain access to exclusive data and real-time passenger feedback. The dataset includes actual travel attributes from 416 ride-hailing rides—Lyft, UberX, LyftLine, and UberPool—and travel behavior and socio-demographics from 311 passenger surveys. For this study, the conservative (lower end) percentage of deadheading miles from ride-hailing is 40.8%. The average vehicle occupancy is 1.4 passengers per ride, while the distance weighted vehicle occupancy is 1.3 without accounting for deadheading and 0.8 when accounting deadheading. When accounting for mode replacement and issues such as driver deadheading, we estimate that ride-hailing leads to approximately 83.5% more VMT than would have been driven had ride-hailing not existed. Although our data collection focused on the Denver region, these results provide insight into the impacts of ride-hailing.

    En résumé : un chercheur se fait chauffeur de VTC pour établir un jeu de données sur les trajets. Ces données montrent que le nombre total de miles est très largement supérieur à celui qui aurait eu lieu sans ces services, car il faut compter la distance parcourue par le chauffeur tout seul quand il part travailler, tourne en ville ou rejoint le point de rendez-vous. Et comme la plupart des voyageurs sont seuls et sur des trajectoires courtes, ils auraient pu aller à pied, en vélo ou en transports en commun.

    (article dispo sur sci-hub si vous voulez éviter de payer 45$)

    #urban_matter #transport #taxi #voiture

  • Uber et Lyft augmentent le trafic plutôt que de le réduire Camille Martel - 2 Aout 2018 - Le Devoir

    Les services de transport alternatifs, comme Uber et Lyft, ne remplissent pas leur promesse de décongestionner les villes américaines, selon un rapport. Le fait est que de plus en plus de personnes préfèrent ces services au transport en commun ou bien au vélo.

    Le nombre de kilomètres parcourus en voiture dans les rues de New York a augmenté de plus d’un milliard et demi entre 2013 et 2017. Un boom attribuable à la hausse des véhicules personnels, mais aussi à la popularité des services de transport alternatif, indique un rapport publié la semaine dernière par Schaller Consulting, une firme de consultation new-yorkaise privée. http://www.schallerconsult.com/rideservices/automobility.pdf

    Le rapport, dont l’objectif était d’établir un premier profil complet de ces services de transport, démontre que 60 % des utilisateurs d’Uber ou de Lyft aux États-Unis auraient utilisé le transport en commun, marché ou pris leur vélo si ces applications n’existaient pas.

    En contrepartie, 40 % des utilisateurs auraient pris un taxi ou leur propre véhicule dans un cas similaire.

    « Les transports alternatifs, comme Uber, s’adressent davantage aux gens qui prennent le transport en commun », indique l’auteur du rapport, Bruce Schaller, un ancien commissaire au département des transports de la Ville de New York.

    « C’est très étonnant », dit pour sa part Jean-Philippe Meloche, professeur agrégé à l’École d’urbanisme et d’architecture de paysage de l’Université de Montréal.

    Selon lui, ces résultats ne peuvent se transposer à Montréal : « Si on avait fait cette étude ici, les données auraient probablement été différentes ». Il explique que les Montréalais auraient été moins nombreux à choisir Uber au détriment du transport en commun, du vélo ou de la marche.

    Le covoiturage
    Fait intéressant, le rapport démontre que même les services de covoiturage d’Uber et de Lyft, comme UberPOOL, Uber Express POOL et Lyft Shared Rides, augmentent le trafic sur les routes.

    Cela peut sembler contre-intuitif, mais Bruce Schaller l’explique comme suit : « Le problème majeur avec les services comme Uber et Lyft, c’est l’attente entre les courses. On estime que les conducteurs passent 40 % de leur temps à se promener en voiture entre les courses. »

    Cette attente contribue fortement à la congestion et réduit la qualité de vie dans les centres-villes, selon l’auteur du rapport.

    « En ce moment, être dans un centre-ville, c’est très inconfortable, et c’est à cause de ça », dit-il.

    Un constat qui est aussi fait par Jean-Pierre Meloche, car les véhicules motorisés ne cessent de gagner en popularité au détriment du transport en commun.

    « Si Uber [ou Lyft] offre un service de transport efficace, il y aura sans aucun doute une augmentation du transport par automobile », dit-il.

    Une autre inquiétude soulevée par le rapport et par le professeur Meloche est celle de l’avènement des voitures autonomes. « Le gros des dépenses dans les taxis, ce sont les salaires, donc si on a des voitures autonomes, on coupe ça et on améliore l’efficacité. Les voitures pourront rouler 24 heures sur 24 sans arrêt dans les villes. »

    La solution principale proposée par le rapport pour freiner le problème est de décourager l’utilisation de l’automobile dans les milieux urbains.

    L’augmentation des voies réservée pour les autobus, l’implantation d’un péage en ville et une gestion en temps réel des feux de circulation sont toutes des mesures qui pourraient mitiger l’augmentation de l’utilisation des services de transport alternatifs.

    « La Ville de New York songe à faire payer les automobilistes pour accéder au centre-ville depuis plusieurs années. On parle aussi d’imposer une limite au nombre de véhicules dans les centres-villes », énumère Bruce Schaller.

    Des bénéfices non négligeables
    Les services de transport alternatif sont positifs dans plusieurs situations, peut-on lire dans le rapport. Par exemple, ils offrent une solution de transport plus économique aux aînés et aux personnes handicapées.

    De plus, plusieurs personnes utilisent ces services pour avoir accès au transport en commun, comme pour rejoindre les stations des trains de banlieue.

    C’est d’ailleurs sur ces éléments que se fonde Uber pour défendre sa place et réfuter certains propos de ce rapport.

    « Plus de la moitié des courses Uber à New York ont lieu maintenant dans les arrondissements à l’extérieur de Manhattan, comparativement à moins de 5 % pour les taxis jaunes traditionnels. Les usagers situés dans les communautés à faible revenu de New York choisissent également UberPOOL [le service de covoiturage] plus souvent », indique Jean-Christophe de Le Rue, porte-parole d’Uber Canada.

    De plus, Uber dit avoir pallié le manque de transports en commun dans les plus petites villes aux États-Unis : « Nous avons grandi dans des marchés où il n’y avait pas d’autre choix que de conduire sa propre voiture, fournissant ainsi une solution de rechange essentielle pour les personnes âgées et les autres personnes incapables de conduire. »

    Aussi, les données recensées par Uber démontrent que la plupart des trajets ne sont pas effectués aux heures de pointe, mais plutôt la nuit entre 22 h et 2 h.

    #uber #lyft #voiture #transport #automobile #mobilité #voitures #pollution #smart_city #fausse_solution #bagnole

  • Lyft and Uber Won’t Be Happy Until They’re Your One-Stop Transit Guide - The New York Times

    Uber will nicht nur den Taximarkt. Uber will den ÖPNV. Uber will alle Verkehrsarten. Neuere Äußerungen seiner Verantwortlichen und seines Konkrurrenten Lyft belegen diese Ambitionen. Die letzten Übernahmen von Fahrrad- und Motorrollerverleihfirmen sind weitere Schritte auf dem Weg zur totalen Verkehrskontrolle. Niemand soll mehr einen Zentimeter zurückegen, ohne dabei von den Megakonzernen unterstützt und überwacht zu werden.

    Betreiber und Kontrolleure öffentlicher Angebote für Personenbeförderung, städtische, nationale und internationale Einrichtungen sollen zugunsten privater Konzerne entmachtet werden.

    Uns alle wollen die Kapitalmaschinen um erschwingliche, demokratisch kontrollierte Verkehrsmittel bringen und die Preise diktieren. Politiker und Verwaltungen haben leider noch nicht begriffen: Die Konzerne wollen ihnen an den Kragen.

    Uber and Lyft came to prominence with their ride-hailing services. But increasingly they’re betting on other modes of transportation — with the aim of becoming the only service people need to get around cities.

    Lyft on Monday struck a deal to buy the core parts of Motivate, the parent company of CitiBike in New York and seven other bike-sharing programs around the United States. At first, that acquisition may seem puzzling — why would a ride-hailing giant want to get into the far smaller market for bicycles? — but there’s a bigger idea at work here.

    While Uber and Lyft have raised tens of billions of dollars to change the way people travel in cars, the future of urban transport doesn’t revolve just around automobiles. Bike-share programs have been popular in cities around the world for years. Shared electric scooters have become huge business, as providers like Bird and Lime have gained in popularity. And millions of people still take buses or trains. (Some even still walk.)

    Lyft and Uber are well aware that one doesn’t need to summon a driver to travel 10 blocks. Lyft’s deal for Motivate follows Uber’s takeover of Jump, a company that rents dockless electric bikes in six American cities, including San Francisco and Chicago. And both companies are experimenting with their own scooter-sharing programs.

    But they have bigger ambitions than just filling in gaps in their transportation networks. They want people to use their apps for navigating around cities, period. Uber’s C.E.O., Dara Khosrowshahi, explicitly spelled this idea out earlier this year:

    “Whether it’s taking a car, whether it’s taking a pooled car, whether it’s taking a bike, whether you should walk or even now we want to build out the capability for you to take a bus or subway. We want to be the A-to-B platform for transportation.”

    There are already apps like Citymapper that help commuters figure out the best way to navigate between two points in a city. But Lyft and Uber have the advantage of actually running some of the transport networks that can be used to make those trips happen, and would like users to never leave their platforms.

    One of the keys to making that dream a reality is linking their privately run businesses to public transit — something that both companies are working on.

    Uber struck a partnership with the start-up Masabi earlier this year to let users buy public-transit tickets through its app. That means that if the fastest way across town involves a car and a train, Uber could earn money from both parts of the trip.

    It isn’t clear what Lyft’s plans with Motivate are yet. But the acquisition buys it relationships with eight U.S. cities that could prove helpful. And while many in Silicon Valley tout the benefits of the dockless bikes and scooters that Jump and Bird offer, Motivate’s bike docks are also useful real estate, providing central locations for bikes or scooters that tend to be around public transit hubs. That could make it easier for users to take public transportation and then switch over to a bike, all while staying in the Lyft system.

    Of course, both companies face plenty of barriers. For one, while Lyft says that it expects Motivate’s contracts with cities to roll over, that may not be guaranteed. And while Uber has worked to recast itself as a friendly partner to local governments, many may remain wary because of the past frictions with municipal regulators.

    But becoming what Mr. Khosrowshahi has called the “Amazon for transportation” could be incredibly lucrative. That could keep a fight between Uber and Lyft going for years

    #Verkehr #Uber #Lyft #ÖPNV #Politik #Disruption

  • San Francisco to Uber, Lyft : Tell us what drivers earn

    Do Uber and Lyft stiff their drivers on wages ? A legal push by the ride-hailing companies’ hometown of San Francisco could lead to the drivers becoming employees rather than independent contractors. City Attorney Dennis Herrera subpoenaed the companies on Tuesday for records of driver pay and benefits, as well as their classification as independent contractors, rather than employees. The move follows a groundbreaking California Supreme Court decision that makes it harder for companies to (...)

    #Lyft #Uber #travail

  • Build a ride sharing iOS app with push notifications.

    To follow this tutorial you will need a Mac with Xcode installed, knowledge of Xcode and Swift, basic knowledge of JavaScript (including Node.js), a Pusher account, and Cocoapods installed on your machine.Ride sharing applications like #uber and #lyft let passengers request a ride from drivers in their area. When a passenger requests a ride, the application finds a driver as quickly as possible. If the passenger closes the app while they wait, they need a way to be notified that a car is on its way and again once it’s arrived.In this article, we will be creating a simple make-believe Ride Sharing application with a focus on how you can integrate Pusher’s Beams API to deliver transactional push notifications.We will be making two iOS applications to cater to the driver and the rider and a (...)

    #build-ride-sharing-app #ride-sharing-ios-app #ridesharing

  • How Automation Could Worsen Racial Inequality

    Self-driving buses would knock out crucial jobs in black communities across the country. All across the world, small projects demonstrating driverless buses and shuttles are cropping up : Las Vegas, Minnesota, Austin, Bavaria, Henan Province in China, Victoria in Australia. City governments are studying their implementation, too, from Toronto to Orlando to Ohio. And last week, the Federal Transit Administration of the Department of Transportation issued a “request for comments” on the topic (...)

    #Lyft #Uber #voiture #discrimination #travail

  • Après Uber, Lyft est à son tour accusée d’avoir espionné ses clients

    La plate-forme américaine de voitures avec chauffeur ouvre une enquête interne. Voilà qui pourrait bien écorner l’image de bon élève que s’est efforcée de bâtir Lyft face à Uber, sa sulfureuse rivale aux Etats-Unis. Jeudi 25 janvier, la plate-forme américaine de voitures avec chauffeur a indiqué avoir ouvert une enquête interne pour vérifier les allégations formulées par un employé, accusant ses collègues d’espionner des proches ou des célébrités. Ces comportements « seraient contraires à [ses] règles et (...)

    #Lyft #données #consommation #surveillance

  • Former employees say Lyft staffers spied on passengers

    Similar to Uber’s “God View” scandal, Lyft staffers have been abusing customer insight software to view the personal contact info and ride history of the startup’s passengers. One source that formerly worked with Lyft tells TechCrunch that widespread access to the company’s backend let staffers “see pretty much everything including feedback, and yes, pick up and drop off coordinates.” When asked if staffers, ranging from core team members to customer service reps, abused this privilege, the (...)

    #Lyft #données #consommation

  • Uber est visé par une première plainte contre son programme de surveillance Hell

    The Information révélait il y a peu qu’Uber espionnerait depuis 2014 les chauffeurs de Lyft par l’intermédiaire d’un programme surnommé Hell. Un ancien chauffeur de Lyft, le service concurrent d’Uber, vient d’entamer une action collective contre l’entreprise, qu’il accuse de l’avoir surveillé par ce biais. Les ennuis continuent pour Uber. Le 12 avril 2017, le média d’investigation The Information dévoilait l’existence probable d’un programme d’espionnage industriel de l’entreprise pour surveiller les (...)

    #Lyft #Uber #géolocalisation #travailleurs #algorithme #hell #procès

  • Uber aurait un programme d’espionnage industriel pour surveiller les chauffeurs Lyft

    Selon The Information, Uber aurait développé depuis plusieurs années un programme de surveillance des chauffeurs Lyft, son principal concurrent américain. Le programme bien nommé Hell surveille et traque les chauffeurs concurrents afin de les ramener dans le giron de la sulfureuse société. Le média d’investigation économique The Information jette un nouveau pavé dans la marre déjà bien remplie d’Uber. La startup de Travis Kalanick n’a pas fini avec les justifications sur ses pratiques toxiques, après (...)

    #Lyft #Uber #algorithme #travailleurs #surveillance #concurrence

  • Nudger n’est pas jouer : comment Uber et Lyft influencent leurs chauffeurs à leur avantage.

    Certaines plateformes – en particulier Uber et Lyft – recourent à des mécanismes issus des sciences comportementales pour inciter leur main d’œuvre à agir dans l’intérêt de la plateforme, au détriment du leur. C’est ce que révèle un article publié le 2 avril dernier sur le site du nytimes.com. Nous nous intéressons régulièrement aux sujets qui sont à la croisée des sciences cognitives et du design, pour nudger les comportements humains. Les travaux de Tristan Harris alertaient par exemple sur le fait que (...)

    #Lyft #Uber #travail #travailleurs #CNIL

  • Black Market Ride-sharing Explodes In Austin

    Now that Uber and Lyft have pulled out of Austin due to onerous new city regulations, drivers and riders are turning to black market ride-sharing.


    Tens of thousands of riders and drivers are now connecting through Facebook and Craigslist, sidestepping onerous city regulations passed late last year aimed at traditional ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft that required drivers to be fingerprinted, among other things.

    #Arcade_City #Austin_(Texas) #Covoiturage #Lyft #Numérique #Régulation #Uber_(entreprise) #Voiture_de_tourisme_avec_chauffeur #Économie #États-Unis