• Altamonte Springs, Fla. The city covers up to 25% of your Uber fare to or from the city's commuter train station, or 20% of the fare for using Uber on all trips that begin and end within Altamonte Springs. The program recently expanded to Lake Mary, Longwood, Maitland and Sanford.
• Dallas. Dallas Area Rapid Transit and Lyft have partnered to offer a "first-last" mile program for mass transit users. Riders can use the Lyft mobile app to connect with a driver, then connect to a bus or light rail. DART has a separate agreement with ZipCar.
• Summit, N.J. To alleviate parking congestion, the city subsidizes ridesharing for a group of residents on a limited basis. It aims to save the taxpayers $5 million over the next two years, or about the cost of building a parking lot.
“We totally get it, and that’s why today we’re starting the global roll out of Scheduled Rides. With just a few taps on your app, you can schedule your ride 30 minutes to 30 days in advance and have the comfort of knowing your Uber will be there when it’s time to head out.”
BlaBlaCar is a marketplace where you can find a driver who is driving from one city to another and book a seat in advance. It connects people with empty seats with riders. Drivers can make a bit of money while riders can travel for cheap. Like Airbnb, the company takes a small cut on every ride (currently around 15-20 percent).
BlaBlaCar also has a significant network effect. The more people use it, the more rides you will find even at the last minute, and even if you are going from a tiny city to another tiny city. It is sometimes much more effective and cheaper than a train ride.
FordPass incorporates several different separate sub-systems: FordGuides, FordPay and FlightCar.
FordGuides will be kind of like General Motors' OnStar, but rather than simply helping you with navigation, roadside assistance or restaurant reservations, FordGuides will help you solve your mobility concerns. Essentially, think of them as your personal mobility concierge — free of charge.
FordPay is essentially what it sounds like: A way to pay for features of FordPass. With this initial introduction of FordPass, Ford has partnered with McDonald's and 7-Eleven to make consuming fast food easier.
FlightCar, to me, might be the most interesting part of the FordPass app. At first, it'll be used to help you share or borrow a vehicle when you travel, which is neat. However, down the road, it'll be utilized for ride sharing, car sharing and multi-modal transportation. That means, in the future, FlightCar will get you from door to door anyway it needs to — from ride share to public light-rail to bicycle.
Lastly, in order to support this wild new idea of personal mobility that isn't centered around owning a $40,000 hunk of steel, Ford is also launching FordHubs in New York, London, Shanghai and San Francisco that will have real-life FordGuides onsite to help you with mobility solutions.
As he navigates, he is focused on rollouts of new services like UberPool, which encourages carpooling, and the development of driverless cars. (Uber recently plucked researchers from Carnegie Mellon to get into that race along with other firms like Google, Tesla and Ford.) He’s also thinking about his next big disruptive idea, which could take on the deeply entrenched real estate industry.
Once those savings came to light, it was only a matter of time before he would sell his Chevy Volt and start looking at Tampa differently. "I never thought about how idle my car was." he said. He figures he used his car less than 4 percent of a day.
Tribridge does not have a transportation fleet, but there are about 650 employees across the country and many of them travel for work. Up until DiBenedetto (in photo) implemented Uber for Business at Tribridge, they were taking taxis, renting cars, and paying to park those rented cars here in Tampa and wherever they traveled.
“Never had we looked at rental cars as a line item until we looked in mid-experiment and we said, ‘Holy cow, we spend a lot on rental cars,’” he said.
UberPool and Lyft Line (in graph), available in a handful of cities, match two sets of riders heading in the same direction and charge them a reduced fare. This kind of carpooling, hardly a new idea, may play a major role in the outcome of the San Francisco companies’ furious competition against each other and the $11 billion traditional U.S. taxi and limo industry. “I do think this is the future of ride-sharing—the actual sharing of rides,” says Harry Campbell, an Uber and Lyft driver and author of The Rideshare Guy, an industry blog. “They can lower the price and make the business accessible to people who may not have taken a ride before.”
After all, it's one thing to participate in the so-called sharing economy by pushing some buttons on your phone and watching a sleek black Uber vehicle roll up. It's another to show up at a stranger's home and nestle in for a few days--or hand your house keys to some guy from the internet.
And yet the founders of Airbnb--Brian Chesky, 33; Nathan Blecharczyk, 31; and Joe Gebbia, 33--have convinced many, many strangers to do just that. So far, about 20 million of them; 10 million in 2014 alone. This year, their website surpassed 800,000 listings worldwide, which means they now offer more lodging than Hilton Worldwide or InterContinental Hotels Group or any other hotel chain in the world.