Uber adding all NYC taxis to its app in surprise shift

Uber stated it plans to begin itemizing all New York City taxis by means of its app — a surprise shift that’s anticipated to throw a lifeline the town’s struggling yellow cabs. 

A restricted variety of New Yorkers might be in a position to begin hailing yellow cabs by means of the Uber app beginning this spring earlier than the function rolls out absolutely over the summer season, taxi know-how supplier and Uber accomplice Creative Mobile Technologies stated in a Thursday assertion. 

Customers pays roughly the identical quantity for taxi rides as they’d for Uber X rides, Uber spokesperson Conor Ferguson confirmed to The Post. 

While Uber drivers in New York aren’t in a position to see what a visit pays earlier than they resolve whether or not to settle for it, the roughly 14,000 cabbies coated by the partnership could have that possibility. Cabbies might be paid on the identical scale as Uber drivers after they settle for rides by means of the app, in accordance to Uber. 

“Uber has a long history of partnering with the taxi industry to provide drivers with more ways to earn and riders with another transportation option,” Andrew Macdonald, Uber’s senior vice chairman of mobility and business operations, stated in a press release to The Post.

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Customers pays roughly the identical quantity for taxi rides as they’d for Uber X rides.
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“Our partnerships with taxis look different around the world, and we’re excited to team up with taxi software companies CMT and Curb, which will benefit taxi drivers and all New Yorkers,” Macdonald added.

Uber stock spiked 5.3% in pre-market buying and selling early Friday shortly after The Wall Street Journal first reported the news.

The partnership represents a dramatic shift after years of hostility between cab drivers and the ride-sharing trade. 

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The rise of Uber and Lyft wreaked havoc on the taxi trade.
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The rise of Uber and Lyft in the 2010s contributed to the plummeting worth of taxi medallions, wreaking havoc on the trade and main to widespread cabbie protests. 

Last fall, ex-Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration reached a deal to cap medallion loans at $170,000 after a two week starvation strike from determined cab drivers. 

The deal additionally comes as Uber faces its personal driver scarcity and grapples with hovering fuel costs. Adding taxis to the app may assist appease clients pissed off by a scarcity of accessible autos. 

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The deal comes as Uber faces a scarcity of drivers and grapples with hovering fuel costs.
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Taxis are already out there by means of the Uber app in a number of cities together with Barcelona and Hong Kong.

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