Over at The Awl a while ago in internet time….
What’s remarkable, perhaps, is that for all of Uber and Lyft’s innovations, beyond a certain scale, they have yet to devise wholly unique or vastly differentiated solutions to the problems of moving people around in large cities. (This is not to downplay at all the enormous potential efficiencies of transit that is networked and dynamically responsive to rider demand, but only to point out that if public transit agencies were also beholden solely to people who own smartphones and mostly lived in relatively affluent areas, one could more easily imagine the MTA or Muni or the TLC making such upgrades.)
This is amusing because my own use of Uber is balanced by a very reliable bus service or walking to and from work each day. Uber is basically for edge cases that can’t be solved by public transport in Wellington – which don’t apply for a lot of people thus even in Wellington, Uber use isn’t acclerating as much as technology evangelists might expect it to.