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


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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