The growing popularity of ride sharing - shopping trips - undermines the taxi industry in the United States. Applications like UberX, which also just made its entry in Toronto, allow customers to find a particular ready to lead, often for less than a taxi.
- Anthony Morin
"Taxi drivers are really angry because the public now has the power not to choose a taxi and choose either Uber, Lyft and Sidecar. "- Anthony Morin
For now, UberTaxis is present in several Canadian cities, including Montreal. The application allows you to attach a taxi directly using an integrated GPS map that shows where members drivers closest Uber - independent taxis for most. Passengers wait less time than a traditional taxi, and the driver, being more active, is meanwhile more money. It pays 15% of the fare for Uber.
We went to San Francisco, where this phenomenon was born. Cradle of choice for web companies and other start-up companies, the California city was the birthplace of Uber in 2009 and Lyft and Sidecar 2012 Today, the three companies are competing for the carpool market. And taxis, themselves, fear of disappearing.
At noon there, Anthony Morin wanted to show us how the application of Lyft is effective. He lives in the Sunset District, in the southwest of San Francisco, and he has no car. Anthony goes to work downtown, 7 kilometers from home.
"There, I did the application on my phone. [...] It gives me the name of the driver, his name is Samuel [...] and it told me that the 5-star, it has a rating of 4.9. So he's a good person. "That tells me that he will come in less than 10 minutes. It gives me the style of car, what color, what brand, etc.
The wait is never long the application is so popular in San Francisco. Samuel shows up and agrees to get us up too. In a relaxed atmosphere Anthony and her talk about everything and nothing. The race takes about twenty minutes and costs $ 17.
Commercial applications carpooling calculate the bill based on the distance traveled and the time of transport. No exchange of money; everything is virtual and credit card is automatically charged member passenger. Lyft, Uber and Sidecar take a 20% commission on each race, the rest goes to the driver.
"You talk with this person, it's easy, it's effective. I feel good in this system and it's cheaper than a taxi, "says Anthony.
Cheaper than a taxi?
We examined whether it was actually cheaper by repeating the same route. First observation: Anthony lives in a little frequented by taxi and 10 minutes instead of waiting area with Lyft, it took nearly an hour for a car. Second observation: the race cost $ 23, or $ 6 more than Lyft.