How will ride-sharing shape the future of transport? | The Economist

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Calling for taxis was always an ordeal
so people would wait an hour and the taxi never show up it’s a huge alternative to
taxis and public transportation Now you just see everybody looking down into
the palms of their hands tracking when their car arrives The growth has come very quickly because
there was clearly a hole in our transportation ecosystem and services
like Uber are helping to fill that It works everywhere uber is uniquely global one of the biggest challenges is the fact that the audience is so diverse we have to create
an app experience that’s going to suit the tech-savvy person in San Francisco
and support a driver in India who maybe hasn’t completed school we have to try
and create a universal language If you have no idea what’s going on this thing is
beeping at you and then you miss the first request you don’t know what just
happened A female taxi driver rolled up and stuck
her fist out the window and yelled out you’re not a taxi driver The taxi industry wants to suggest that this is a zero-sum game that we have a taxi market
and now it’s going to be distributed between taxi and new entrants like uber
that’s not what this is about at all We want to grow the pie we are putting two
or three people in a car essentially carpooling through technology We’re now in a world in which peer-to-peer on-demand ability to request a
ride is pretty ubiquitous the goal is, as ride-sharing continues to grow it’s gonna inevitably take vehicles off the road the hope is that we’ll see less
congested cities individuals don’t want the hassle of owning a car and maintaining a car buying insurance for the car parking the car for it to sit idle 96% of the
time So it’s a very busy day today We already have about 10% of Uber users
here in the US who are under 30 say they either have gotten rid of a car or
didn’t buy one that they were planning to so that’s big change The city of Chicago was the first city
in the world that I’m aware of that is lessening the number of parking spots
because they envision that people will be getting there whether it’s through
Uber or other services like it I think that about 16% of our city land around
the world is estimated to be parking think about that can cities reclaim a
little bit of their land perhaps? Can we make our cities more livable? I think all
that’s possible


Vaibhav Gupta · January 16, 2017 at 12:04 pm

nothing new in this video.

Mike Jones · January 16, 2017 at 12:07 pm

Taxis will go the way of Blockbuster did because of Netflix. Adopt the technology or go extinct

Hamza Butt · January 16, 2017 at 12:35 pm

@ 2:35… Did you Really just Used Junaid Jamsheds 'Us Raah per' intro in your Video??? o.0

IgWannA2 · January 16, 2017 at 1:36 pm

Did I just watch a 3 minute ad for Uber?

alahalla1 · January 16, 2017 at 7:51 pm

Don't call it ride sharing. They're just a taxi service where drivers work precariously using their own cars.

Walter Johnson · January 16, 2017 at 7:55 pm

Traditional Taxi services suck dick. Good Riddance I say

Lessyam · January 16, 2017 at 11:34 pm

1) this is not ride sharing, it is the evolution of taxi. Yes you can share an uber ride, but this is not the fundation of the service. I wager most people still prefer to travel alone rather than share the backseat of an uber with strangers
2) Few are arguing that it is better for the consumer. Although it is more expensive the service quality increase justifies the extra cost in many cities. The question is if this is better for the workers. There are legitimate concerns towards worker's right with this service which are not addressed in this video, but will have an impact on the evolution of this technology, including its application to other industries.

Ernie Llerena · January 19, 2017 at 12:40 am

Maybe in big cities but in San Bernardino its a totally different. Most of the property in downtown is dead parking spaces. Uber drivers make very little when you add it all up. They will lose even more once Uber takes on self driving vehicles.

Daniel Chu · February 6, 2017 at 7:19 am

Disagree about cities becoming less congested though. Congestion in an organized way is good, and being a NYer I'm really seeing the positive changes of that in the outer boroughs

TollRoadSolutions · March 9, 2018 at 4:25 pm

Hailing a ride through an App is definitely way faster, convenient and safer than ordering a regular Taxi.

Esri Arc · April 14, 2019 at 7:44 pm

dumb propaganda

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