Cold War in Las Vegas: Taxis, Lyft, Uber Fight

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Last week, the Consumer Electronics Show in 2018 captured Las Vegas, crowded with people. On January 8, 2018, the bus (Uber and Lyft) set the highest record in the Las Vegas McCarran International Airport and produced 11,465 passengers. A record number of taxis were added and McCallum submitted a total of 29,878 pick-ups of 18,413 calls, breaking 28,766 the same period last year.

This year’s CES show is the largest ever show with 3,900 exhibitors demonstrating the technology of 184,000 attendees up and down in 2.75 million square feet of event space and hotels. As a result, taxis and coaches, as well as chartered buses, hotel shuttles, limousines and public buses are all part of a complex transportation ballet that is crucial to moving the 184,000 attendees.

Even a small number of self-driving cars can help meeting people like Cubans. Lyft grabbed the headlines for his BMW car and was summoned by the Lyft app. John Zimmer, president of Lyft, a keynote speaker, pointed out that large-scale growth is inevitable with a company that makes up just 0.5% of U.S. miles.


But the real battle took place in the streets of the city where taxis in Las Vegas and private cars wearing the Uber and Lyft logos fought for passengers, market share and the dollar. People think traffic is boring and utilitarian, but at some point the car-to-car fight reminds me of driving a New York taxi at college. The square of a taxi like me will compete on the second avenue, cutting off competitors to find a good price.

On the streets of Las Vegas, passengers can see the tension on the three sides of the Cold War between taxis, Lyft and Uber. Outside of the Sands Convention Center, a 72-year-old Lebanese immigrant who speaks Sixfold Leftwitter smiled and refused to let a taxi enter traffic mode. Later, on a taxi radio, a dispatcher warned the taxi leaving the palace to declare it a “show” that was polluted by hundreds of Uber drivers. Khabi pointed out darkly that “90%” of Uber drivers have no commercial insurance and he warned that I would run into a problem when my Uber driver inevitably had an accident.

In the end, the battle is over. In November 2017, the average fare paid by a passenger to 16 taxi companies in Nevada was $ 16.40. Although Uber’s pricing is chaotic and constantly changing, Uber X’s lowest price is $ 7.25, less than half the average taxi price.

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