Uber will ‘aggressively’ pursue carpooling model, but only where lawmakers say it’s okay

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Uber just announced it will “aggressively roll out” carpooling, or ridesharing, in the face of increasing competition from startups that offer it as an ultra-cheap transportation option. Uber started as a service for professional taxi and livery drivers, who use the app to find passengers in real time. By contrast, ridesharing essentially lets anyone be a taxi driver: just sign up with an app like Sidecar or Lyft, and anyone with a vehicle and car insurance can start picking up passengers for tips. This practice is potentially illegal across the US; Sidecar is involved in a lawsuit over its legality in Austin.

It seems that the relatively new concept of ridesharing has been nibbling into Uber’s business. As a result, the company started…

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