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    Uber will require riders and drivers to wear face masks starting May 18th

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    Igor Bonifacic
    Igor Bonifacic
    05.13.2020

    Until at least the end of June, Uber will require both drivers and riders to wear face masks.

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    Lyft makes face masks mandatory for drivers and riders

    by 
    Karissa Bell
    Karissa Bell
    05.07.2020

    Face masks will be required when riding or driving for Lyft. Rule-breakers could have their account suspended.

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 16: Uber and Lyft drivers with Rideshare Drivers United and the
 Transport Workers Union of America conduct a ‘caravan protest’ outside the California Labor Commissioner’s office amidst the coronavirus pandemic on April 16, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. The drivers called for California to enforce the AB 5 law so that they may qualify for unemployment insurance as the spread of COVID-19 continues. Drivers also called for receiving back wages they say they are owed. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

    California sues Uber and Lyft for allegedly misclassifying drivers

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    Jon Fingas
    Jon Fingas
    05.05.2020

    California is putting AB5 to work as it sues Uber and Lyft for classifying drivers as contractors rather than employees.

  • UNITED STATES - AUGUST 24: A man waits for a ride-hailing service at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, August 24, 2016. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

    Lyft is offering lower-cost rides if you're willing to wait longer

    by 
    Christine Fisher
    Christine Fisher
    05.05.2020

    Lyft's 'Wait & Save' pilot, which lets users opt to pay less if they wait longer, is expanding across the US and Canada.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, CA JUNE 23, 2018: Large white Lyft balloon waving in an urban setting

    Lyft lays off nearly 1,000 employees

    by 
    Christine Fisher
    Christine Fisher
    04.29.2020

    Lyft lays off 17 percent of its workforce due to COVID-19.

  • A Lyft Scooter is parked in Washington, U.S., March 29, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

    Lyft extends free scooter rides for critical workers through May

    by 
    Jon Fingas
    Jon Fingas
    04.24.2020

    Lyft is giving healthcare workers and other vital staff another month of free rides to help during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Lyft Essential Deliveries

    Lyft will deliver essential items for governments and businesses

    by 
    Christine Fisher
    Christine Fisher
    04.15.2020

    To help meet an increased need for deliveries and provide its drivers with work, Lyft is launching a pilot program in which government agencies, nonprofits, businesses and healthcare organizations can request on-demand deliveries via Lyft drivers.

  • A row of new electric dockless scooters from Lyft is parked by the side of a road in downtown San Diego, ready to be rented. Lyft is one of the latest companies to join the dockless market. In the background, there are also scooters from Limebike.

    Lyft will provide free scooter rides to critical workers

    by 
    Marc DeAngelis
    Marc DeAngelis
    04.03.2020

    Lyft will provide free 30-minute scooter rides to frontline workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

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    Lyft tries offering free bike-share passes to hospital workers

    by 
    Christine Fisher
    Christine Fisher
    03.25.2020

    Lyft is offering free, 30-day bike-share passes to critical workers in New York City, Chicago and Boston. This should help people who still have to get to work during the coronavirus pandemic, and to keep them safe, Lyft says it is ramping up its cleaning efforts.

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    Lyft will deliver food and medical supplies during the coronavirus crisis

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    Igor Bonifacic
    Igor Bonifacic
    03.22.2020

    With the coronavirus outbreak in the US worsening, Lyft says it plans to expand its operations to include the delivery of food and medical supplies. The move comes as demand for the company's ride-hailing services falls off due to the pandemic. "This work helps create new opportunities for drivers, provides rides to those in need, and helps distribute essential goods," the company said on its website.

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    Uber may temporarily suspend drivers exposed to the coronavirus

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    Igor Bonifacic
    Igor Bonifacic
    03.11.2020

    Uber says it may temporarily suspend both drivers and passengers who have been infected or come into contact with COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The company has established a 24-hour support team to work with public health officials as the outbreak evolves.

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    Uber, Lyft will compensate drivers affected by coronavirus outbreak

    by 
    Jon Fingas
    Jon Fingas
    03.08.2020

    The coronavirus outbreak is affecting many workers, but it could hit those in the gig economy particularly hard when many of them don't get sick leave or other benefits. Those companies may help soften the blow for some of their workers, though. To start, Uber said in a statement to Engadget that it would compensate drivers worldwide for both Uber and Uber Eats if they're either infected by the coronavirus or quarantined by a public health agency for "a period of up to 14 days." Drivers have already received compensation in "some markets," Uber said, alluding to a Bloomberg report that it had compensated quarantined drivers in Mexico and the UK.

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    Uber, Lyft may create more CO2 emissions than trips they displace

    by 
    Jon Fingas
    Jon Fingas
    02.25.2020

    Ride-hailing services might seem environmentally friendly by reducing the need for car ownership. However, that's not necessarily the case -- they might actually make matters worse. A newly published study from the Union of Concerned Scientists estimates that services like Uber and Lyft typically generate 69 percent more CO2 emissions than the transportation options they displace. It's even worse in urban areas, where hailed cars are more likely to have replaced cleaner options like mass transit or biking.

  • Halo Cars

    Lyft buys a startup that runs ads on top of ridesharing cars

    by 
    Jon Fingas
    Jon Fingas
    02.23.2020

    Lyft might have another way to generate revenue from trips. The company has acquired Halo Cars, a startup that lets drivers for app-based car services run taxi-style ads on top of their vehicles. A spokesperson for the ridesharing giant didn't outline the intentions for the deal, but Axios speculated that Halo's small size (it only operates in two cities) meant Lyft was interested acquiring the team for its media division.

  • Myle

    NYC-only affordable alternative to Uber and Lyft arrives today

    by 
    Igor Bonifacic
    Igor Bonifacic
    02.19.2020

    Starting today, New Yorkers have access to a new option when it comes to ride-hailing apps, one that claims it's "built for New Yorkers by a New Yorker." Myle was founded by Aleksey Medvedovskiy, who says he's a 20-year veteran of the city's taxi industry. The company hopes to differentiate itself by giving people a more affordable alternative to Uber and Lyft.

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    Lyft expands free voter rides to all US primaries

    by 
    Jon Fingas
    Jon Fingas
    01.31.2020

    Lyft is bringing back its free rides for voters during the 2020 US election cycle, and this time it won't be limited to the final vote. The ridesharing firm is expanding its Voting Access Program to offer no-cost rides to polls through the entire primary calendar and general election, starting with the Iowa Caucus in early February. As before, it's partnering with nonprofits like the League of Women Voters, National Urban League and Voto Latino Foundation to make the rides available.

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    Uber reaches its last major city in North America

    by 
    Jon Fingas
    Jon Fingas
    01.24.2020

    Uber has been available in every major North American city for a while, but not Vancouver, British Columbia -- the city has refused to bow to pressure and even used undercover agents to make sure companies weren't flouting the law. However, even that last holdout has changed its ways. The province's Passenger Transportation Board has cleared Uber and its rival Lyft to operate in Vancouver, giving you two more options when you need a ride home from the Canucks game. Uber and Lyft were both quick to seize the opportunity, making service available as of January 24th.

  • Uber experiment lets California drivers set their own fares

    by 
    Rachel England
    Rachel England
    01.21.2020

    Uber is testing another new feature in what is presumably a bid to help mitigate the restrictions of Assembly Bill 5, which requires the company to treat its drivers as employees, not independent contractors. Some drivers in California will now have the ability to set their own fares, which could be up to five times the amount normally set by Uber.

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    Lyft’s autonomous vehicle partner Magna is done with self-driving tech

    by 
    Kris Holt
    Kris Holt
    01.16.2020

    Two years after teaming up with Lyft to collaborate on self-driving technology, Magna said that partnership's coming to an end. The auto parts maker plans to focus on assisted driving products, instead of fully autonomous tech.

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    Lyft forms yet another group to address passenger safety

    by 
    Christine Fisher
    Christine Fisher
    01.14.2020

    In another attempt to make its ridesharing service safer, Lyft is forming a new Safety Advisory Council. The group will advise the company on its current and planned safety initiatives. In a blog post, Lyft said the council will provide a critical perspective on the work the company is doing.