Last Updated on: October 8th, 2015
Lyft and Uber – two names that have been making news since their inception, for better or worse.
Both companies operate under community ridesharing ideas, offering friendly rides on requests nationwide. In essence, you have taxi drivers without certifications that are looking to give back to their communities.
Of course, both companies have been met with praise and a lot of flack. Taxi drivers don’t much care for the competition and the department of transportation in various cities and states have sent cease and desist letters to Uber and Lyft both. One such case occurred in Los Angeles, but both companies continue to operate within the city. LAX even saw a recent victory with Uber being allowed in the area despite cease and desist orders. Other cities have had to pass legislation and regulations to continue the companies’ allowance to operate. Detroit, as an example, offered a two-year period for Lyft to operate until further legislation could be passed. The protests haven’t always been reasonable, however. A riot broke out in the streets in France with taxi drivers protesting the implementation of Uber. Boston, as well, had a bit of an outcry against Uber – one small town even banned it outright. Regardless, rideshares have been steering past a majority of opposition.
What is it about Lyft and Uber that are getting under taxi drivers skin beside the obvious?
A case in which a taxi driver association sued to stop D/FW International Airport from allowing Lyft, UberX and other rideshare companies from picking up passengers. They were quoted as saying that being a taxi driver in that environment is part of the American dream, making a living in a culture all their own. Much with any moderation or transition in the world of business and careers, changes always threaten various industries that have been in place for a long time and the people in the industry will fight it tooth-and-nail – perfectly understandable when it comes to someone’s livelihood.
Uber and Lyft are both companies that are based on people giving back to their communities, not the typical “hostile takeover” one might associate with a business environment changing. They are not perfect solutions, mind you – many of them have struggles with driving costs down to get more drivers invested in taking part, as an example.
Ultimately, it comes down to the idea and the execution. Uber and Lyft have accessibility at a reduced price range to get people where they need to go. It is a heartfelt goal with its own triumphs and troubles and a service that communities nationwide are becoming more aware of and reliant on.
Rideshare companies are becoming more abundant throughout the United States and internationally as well. Start-ups much like these are offering services to communities that are bringing them more and more together in more ways than social media can offer on its own. As rideshare companies and services like Uber and Lyft become more accessible, one can only imagine how they will change the world.