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Old Posted May 19, 2019, 1:02 PM
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They're losing $5+ per ride. So in order to be profitable, they need to charge $8-10 more per trip. The majority of Uber's trips are very short, in the 1-2 mile range. Ridership will plummet when a minimum fare jumps from $5 to $15.


Uber's overhead is massive as compared to a traditional cab company. The propriety app requires an army of developers who are paid $100k+. A traditional cab company doesn't have a single employee who makes $100k.

They have a dispatcher, an accountant, and 2-3 guys who maintain the cabs back at the shop. That's it. Advertising is minimal.
Scalability is obviously different. A traditional cab company that provided nearly as many rides as Uber would need tens of thousands of dispatchers.

Anyway, the profession of driving / operating a vehicle will disappear in our lifetimes. There is no question about that. Driving will be something that one does for fun or sport, in an old (preferably manual transmission) car, sort of like horseback riding today.
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Down with humans, up with AI and profits yeah!!!
This is not unique to Uber/Lyft.

Heck, the idea of replacing humans with technology has been occurring ever since mankind invented the wheel.
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There are certainly huge swaths of America where speed limits are unnecessary.
There are vast empty areas in America. However, speeds need to be limited because even in those empty areas, the roads are full of freight liners, mountains, steep grades, moving trucks, agricultural operations, free/open range lands etc.
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There are vast empty areas in America. However, speeds need to be limited because even in those empty areas, the roads are full of freight liners, mountains, steep grades, moving trucks, agricultural operations, free/open range lands etc.
I don't think anyone defines "no speed limits" as "drive as fast as you want". It just means there is no fixed top speed.

In Germany, you will be pulled over, and your car seized, if you're driving too fast/recklessly in a "no speed limits" zone. It isn't a free-for-all. It's putting the onus on the driver to behave in a responsible manner, given road conditions and traffic.
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I don't think anyone defines "no speed limits" as "drive as fast as you want". It just means there is no fixed top speed.

In Germany, you will be pulled over, and your car seized, if you're driving too fast/recklessly in a "no speed limits" zone. It isn't a free-for-all. It's putting the onus on the driver to behave in a responsible manner, given road conditions and traffic.
Then maybe adaptive speed limits would be better. Having it up to the officer's discretion is inviting all sorts of potentially unfair enforcement. This is why all traffic laws should be strictly enforced as well.
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