Eric Goldwyn ’03 on What’s Driving Uber

Cabs128Eric Goldwyn ’03, investigator of urban affairs, has written a compelling article for The New Yorker on how ride-sharing networks like Uber are┬áchanging the landscape for professional taxi- and other drivers out there. ┬áThere have always been cheaper and more expensive transportation options when it comes to hiring a driver, with some more knowledgeable than others – London’s black-cab drivers complete a 5 year training on the fastest routes through the city, for example. Yet combined with GPS technology, Goldwyn argues, “startups like Uber argue that technology can transform the casual driver into a professional.” Part-time ride-sharers are sure to make it more difficult to earn a living driving cabs, and it is up to the taxi companies to figure out how to compete.

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