Hitch that ride: can the rise of car-hire and sharing apps continue unregulated?
Those who have tried the convenience of services like Zipcar swear by it, especially in large metropolitan cities, where car ownership and parking costs way too much. There are also a number of on-demand car hure apps like Uber, Lyft or SideCar that hook you up with vetted drivers, sometimes people using their own cars for the purpose, or services with their own shared fleets. Some of them work as a small "donation" fee goes towards your driver, and they collect a certain percentage to maintain the app and the database, like what a traditional dispatcher would do.
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Hitch that ride: can the rise of crowdsourced car sharing apps continue unregulated?
The premise is that for an annual membership fee you can drive any Zipcar that is available around you for an hourly, daily and so on fee, which, considering that fuel and maintenance are included, comes up to much less than what you pay monthly for a car ownership, which often sits unused most of the time. The app is very straightforward, shows the nearest available vehicles, lets you choose between small cars, vans, pickup trucks and so on, and unlocks them after you've paid for the time requested.
2. SideCar Ride
You can observe the approaching of the nearest SideCar-approved driver in real time on a map, so as you always know how much you have to wait. Best of all, it's much cheaper than cabs, since the service shows you the average amount other users paid for the same ride, and asks you if you agree to grant it.
The drivers' selection goes through a background check, phone interview and in-person interview, so the service owners can screen the candidates. There is no cash involved in the transaction, as SideCar takes the amount needed for the ride directly from the card you've designated for payment, so if you are cash-strapped somewhere, it's a good alternative. Currently only available in San Franciscoand Seattle, the service is planning to do a lot of expansion down the road, since other states are starting to approve the practice.
1) Set your location
2) Send your request
3) Hop in your car
4) Hop out at your destination
5) Rate your driver
*payment happens on the backend with your card on file.
It is currently operational in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York City, Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Boston, Washington, D.C., Vancouver, Toronto, Paris, Philadelphia, Dallas and San Diego. Uber drivers have cars such as Lincoln Town Cars, Cadillac Escalades, BMW 7 Series, and Mercedes-Benz S550 sedans. You can also reserve via text message, and customers can track their reserved car's location with the Uber app.
There are separate apps for each country ending in .fr for France, .pl for Poland, and so on. The handy geolocator shows you the nearest five cities with the best carpool options to/from there currently available.
1. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1109; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
Can the rise of car-hire and sharing apps continue unregulated?
Until someone gets robbed, dies, rapped or is kidnapped. Never under estimate the evil in the human mind. Sorry to be so doom and gloom.
2. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5536; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
In most U.S. metropolitan areas, the city generally has jurisdiction over cab service. If the city can convince a judge that the 'ride-sharing' is effectively a cab service, the next challenge will be to enforce the ban(s). An injunction could probably shut down the app developers, but if the apps have reached critical mass, then the city has to go after the individuals doing the ride sharing, which is a bit more challenging.
3. TheMan (Posts: 373; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
There is also a huge question of liability should an accident/injury/death occur. Drivers may or may not have umbrella coverage, but there's no doubt an aggressive lawyer would go after everyone, including the service itself.
4. JaxonSmith (Posts: 5; Member since: 17 Jun 2014)
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5. JaxonSmith (Posts: 5; Member since: 17 Jun 2014)
OMG! There is SOMETHING! That something MUST be regulated! Even I would oppose it for car rental companies.
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