Film Scene Friday 1.29.16

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Happy Film Scene Friday!  Can you guess the movie depicted in the scene below? Scroll down to find the answer! #FilmSceneFriday

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A: The Bourne Supremacy

Lyft Partners with Google’s Waze

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If you are an Uber driver or rider than you are most likely aware that the Uber GPS capabilities are frankly, no good. Uber’s in app GPS has long been a point of tension for Uber drivers, causing many drivers to ditch the app’s GPS completely and use their own source of navigation. Surprisingly, Uber has yet to make any big efforts to integrate a better routing application for their drivers.

Lyft, however, saw Uber’s misstep as a way to gain some ground on the rideshare giant and announced on Tuesday that they are joining forces with Google’s Waze to improve their in-app navigation and to help drivers avoid traffic congestion. By integrating Waze, drivers will also be able to improve the efficiency of both rider pick-ups and drop-offs by updating their routes in real time based on traffic, accidents, and other contributing factors.

According to The Verge, “Drivers will be able to switch seamlessly back and forth between Lyft and Waze using a new “Return to Lyft” button. And to help keep their customer ratings high through more efficient trips, Lyft says that Waze, which uses crowdsourcing data to reduce traffic and improve routing, will now be the default navigation tool for all of its drivers.”

Lyft is the first and currently the only rideshare company to use Waze’s technology. If Uber wants to keep their drivers happy they may have no choice but to follow suit!

Wanderlust Wednesday 1.27.16

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Can you spot the heart in Vancouver’s cityscape? #wanderlustwednesday

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Did Uber Rides Actually Get Cheaper?

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Uber has been in the news a lot lately for lowering their prices across many U.S. and Canadian cities. Last week our team at TaxiFareFinder did a little bit of research on Uber’s supposed “lower prices” and came to a major conclusion.

While Uber did indeed lower standard mileage prices in over 100 cities, they also raised their minimum fares and recently increased the price of their safe rides fees. This means that in some situations, passengers will actually end up paying more than before Uber lowered their fares! Let’s take a look at some numbers below.

First, Uber decided to raise their Safe Rides Fee this past fall. According to Business Insider, this fee was first introduced in April 2014, as a way for Uber to recoup the costs of running its background checks and providing 24/7 support to its riders. The Safe Rides Fee used to be only $1 regardless of where you hailed an Uber, but now Uber is calculating this fee based on your zip code. Apparently, Uber believes the price of “safety” is different depending on where you live. Is Uber really trying to make some kind of statement about each city’s relative risks and the costs of finding drivers who have no criminal charges and a safe driving record?

Surprisingly (or perhaps not), Uber didn’t just slightly raise Safe Rides Fees, in fact some cities had their Safe Rides Fee more than doubled! Passengers from Inland Empire in California and Northwest Indiana are now paying $2.45 and $2.50 respectively. Many other cities such as, Detroit, Ann Arbor, Ventura, Knoxville, Fort Myers, Naples, Indianapolis, and Jacksonville are also all above the $2.00 mark. Remarkably, Uber users in New York City are still able to hail their Uber car without paying any fee! That’s right the Safe Rides Fee is free in NYC and Halifax, Canada.

After Uber raised Safe Rides Fees, they then decided to increase minimum fares as well. The minimum fare is the least amount a passenger can pay for an Uber ride. In other words, if a passenger takes an Uber around the block, they will still get charged as though they took the car 4 blocks in an effort to reimburse drivers for short trips. While this raise on the minimum fare is great for drivers, it may come as a shock to some passengers who usually use Uber for short rides, especially when passengers will be expecting a lower fare due to Uber’s price cuts. Instead passengers who now take Uber on short routes will actually end up paying more than before Uber lowered their fares, plus, they will be paying a higher Safe Rides Fee as well!

The moral of the story is passengers who are planning on using Uber for short rides, shouldn’t expect their fares to have decreased as it has been projected across the media. In fact, they should expect to pay a little more than before!

Animal Taxi Monday 1.25.16

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Poor snail! He has no idea that he just embarked on a taxi ride with a very criminal driver! #AnimalTaxiMonday

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Film Scene Friday 1.22.16

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Happy Film Scene Friday!  Can you guess the movie depicted in the scene below? Scroll down to find the answer! #FilmSceneFriday

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A: Total Recall

New to Rideshares? Watch these Helpful Tutorials!

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Did you know that TaxiFareFinder has created multiple videos to help you learn everything you need to know about taxis, rideshares, and fares? If you are new to the rideshare world or are curious how to find an estimated trip fare, take a look at some of these short videos below to learn more!

 

What Is Ridesharing?

 

RideGuru Tutorial – How to Use RideShares

 

What is RideGuru? Learn How to Compare your Rideshare Fares!

Wanderlust Wednesday 1.20.16

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 Isn’t the Duomo gorgeous! #florence #taxiplease #wanderlustwednesday

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Lyft Lowers Prices in these 33 Cities

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Last week the internet was abuzz with the news that Uber had lowered their fares in over 100 cities. Passengers were happy, drivers were upset, and Uber hoped everything would work out in their favor. However, Lyft wasn’t going to sit back and let Uber win this battle without a fight and in a typical “anything you can do, I can do better” move, Lyft announced that they were going to lower prices as well in 33 cities.

Lyft announced their big price drop in a blog post stating , “Many people make New Year’s resolutions to save money, work out more, and eat out less. We don’t want that to leave you standing out in the cold, though — we think that with these lower prices, Lyft can help you keep your New Year’s resolutions. During the new year — and all year long — affordability matters. We always want to be the most affordable option to get where you’re going. Lowering prices during a seasonally slow time, like the cold winter months, helps us make sure you can always get safe, affordable rides wherever you’re going.” The new prices were said to take effect on January 15th.

Unlike Uber, Lyft insists that despite the price cuts they will still continue to maintain their position as the most generous of Rideshare employers. In a statement to Re/code, Lyft made it known that their company pays drivers more than any comparable service, and that drivers average hourly earnings increased 13 percent in 2015! It seems like Lyft’s kinder disposition towards their drivers is working in their favor as Lyft drivers haven’t yet started attacking the company for cutting into their wages.   Unfortunately, the same could not be said for the relationship between Uber and their drivers.

Full List of Affected Lyft Cities

  • Bakersfield, California
  • Baltimore, Maryland
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Cleveland, Ohio
  • Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Detroit, Michigan
  • Fresno, California
  • Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Jacksonville, Florida
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Memphis, Tennessee
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Modesto, California
  • Norfolk, Virginia
  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Omaha, Nebraska
  • Orange County, California
  • Orlando, Florida
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina
  • Sacramento, California
  • San Bernardino, California
  • San Diego, California
  • San Francisco, California
  • San Jose/Silicon Valley, California
  • Santa Barbara, California
  • Sonoma/Napa Counties, California
  • Spokane, Washington
  • Tampa, Florida
  • Toledo, Ohio
  • Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Washington, D.C.

 

 

Animal Taxi Monday 1.18.16

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I like my cabs slow, so this one is purr-fect! #AnimalTaxiMonday

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