Monthly Archives: February 2016

Uber Drivers Deal With Hectic Post Game Chaos Successfully

Uber has grown drastically in the past couple years and took another step forward with being first on the scene after the Super Bowl.
But that doesn’t mean Uber’s first attempt to be part of the mass transit solution to a Super Bowl exodus went off without a hitch. The startup reportedly paid up to $500,000 to be the Super Bowl’s first official ride-hailing partner, which came with a parking lot near the stadium from which Uber could stage drop offs pregame and pick ups after the Broncos upset the Panthers.
Overall, Uber calls the night was a success, with “thousands” more drop offs and pick ups than expected. The Uber app used geofencing to direct departing fans about a 15 minute walk to the lot, from which they lined up and requested rides just as they would normally. Uber employees on site let users find their car only once a match was made and the driver pulled in and parked.
“We had huge numbers of people use Uber on Super Bowl Sunday and during Super Bowl week, including new services like uberPOOL that help reduce congestion and pollution. It was great to be part of the celebrations, helping passengers get from A to B at the push of a button–and we’re pleased that partners had such a busy week,” Uber spokesperson Laura Zapata told FORBES.
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Don’t Just Wait And See If Your Car May Be Recalled

Although most cars are perfectly fine to drive some has malfunctions or problems that need to be corrected which is why they are recalled. Car owners shouldn’t just passively wait for safety recalls to show up in their mailboxes.
They should proactively check to see if their car is subject to a recall — and then by all means get the work done, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Safety recalls affected a record number of more than 51 million vehicles in 2015, NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind said last week. That was the second yearly record in a row, he said. “Massive recalls are still a prominent feature of the safety landscape,” Rosekind said at the 2016Washington Auto Show.
The most notorious recent example is for potentially faulty airbags from Japanese supplier Takata. The Takata airbag recall affects 19 million vehicles from 12 different manufacturers, according to NHTSA. However, Takata is just one example of nearly 900 auto safety recalls in 2015, the federal regulator said.
By law, recall work has to be performed at no charge to the customer, NHTSA said. However, according to NHTSA historically around 25 percent of recall repair work never gets done. Presumably owners are unaware, or else they don’t have the time or the desire to get the work done.
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How Can Electric Car Sales Grow While Gas Prices Are So Low

The car market turns and changes on the drop of a hat and the low price of gas are an example of that.
Americans bought about 13,000 battery-powered and plug-in hybrid vehicles in December – one of the best months on record for those kinds of cars and trucks.
But that’s only about four days worth of sales of the Ford Motor Co. F-Series pickup, underlining how difficult it is to convince drivers to buy more fuel-efficient vehicles when a gallon of gas at U.S. pumps costs considerably less than $2 (U.S.).
“This is arguably one of the biggest challenges the industry faces,” said Jeff Schuster, senior vice-president of auto consulting firm LMC Automotive Ltd., of Troy, Mich.
There’s an electric or hybrid or fuel-cell vehicle on the stands of virtually every auto maker at the North American International Auto Show, which opened to the media in Detroit on Monday, and if they’re not on display, they’re on the drawing boards or coming to market later this decade.
Among the introductions and commitments made by auto makers on Monday was the appearance of the first hybrid minivan, with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (Chrysler) offering that option on its redesigned people haulers. Luxury maker Audi AG said it would offer three new hybrid vehicles over the next three years and Toyota said it would offer a fuel cell-powered vehicle in its fleet by 2020.
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San Francisco Taxis Deal With The Consequences of Uber

Ride sharing programs have continued to gain speed and popularity across the United States, which may cause issues for other modes of transportation.
If San Francisco is any sign, taxi cabs around the world are in danger.
The city’s largest taxi company, Yellow Cab Co-Op, said that it will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in a December letter to shareholders obtained by the San Francisco Examiner. While regular taxi operations will continue, the company needs to restructure due to “serious financial setbacks” caused by mounting debt and competition from ride-hailing apps Uber and Lyft.
The major problem? People just aren’t taking as many regular cab rides any more now that Uber and company present a solution that’s often cheaper and more convenient. “On an annual basis over 5 million passengers are transported in Yellow cabs,” Yellow Cab President Pamela Martinez wrote in the letter. “We used to have more and our goal is to get them back and even more.”
As Uber and Lyft recruit drivers with significant bonuses, as well as more flexibility in hours, the old taxi companies also aren’t able to retain the best drivers. “We need to have not just more drivers but drivers who are happy to be behind the wheel of a Yellow cab because we offer the best opportunity to make a living in a taxi,” Martinez continued.
Yellow Cab might be just the first domino to fall in ride-hailing’s global assault on the taxi business. Many local taxi companies have lobbied for legislation to protect themselves against Uber, but the startup worth more than $60 billion is hard to defeat. It is striking that Uber and Lyft together raised more than $3 billion in December alone, in the same month Yellow Cab admitted it would have to file for bankruptcy.
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