Calling for taxis was always an ordeal. So people would wait an hour and the taxi would never show up.
It’s a huge alternative to taxis and public transportation.
Now you just see everybody looking down into the palms of their hands tracking when their car arrives.
Good morning, how are you?
I’m doing well, thank you.
The growth has come very quickly because there was clearly a hole in our transportation ecosystem
and services like Uber are helping to fill that.
It works everywhere.
Uber is uniquely global; one of the biggest challenges is the fact that the audience is so diverse.
We have to create an app experience，
that’s going to suit the tech savvy person in San Francisco and support a driver in India who maybe hasn’t completed school.
We have to try and create a universal language.
If you have no idea what’s going on. This thing is beeping at you and then you miss the first request, and you don’t know what just happened.
All right. Have a wonderful rest of the day.
A female taxi driver rolled up and stuck her fist out the window and yelled out “you are not a taxi driver”.
The taxi industry wants to suggest that this is a zero-sum game，
that we have a taxi market and now is going to be distributed between taxi and new entrants like Uber.
That’s not what this is about at all. We want to grow the pie.
We are putting two or three people in a car essentially carpooling through technology.
So what are you working on?
We are now in a world in which peer to peer on demand ability to request a ride is pretty ubiquitous.
The goal is as ridesharing continues to grow. It’s going to inevitably take vehicles off the road.
The hope is that we’ll see less congested cities.
Individuals don’t want the hassle of owning a car and maintaining a car, buying insurance for the car, parking the car
for it to sit idle 96% of the time.
So, it’s a very busy day today.
We already have about 10% of Uber users here in the US who are under 30 say they either have gotten rid of a car
or didn’t buy one that they were planning to. So that’s big change.
The city of Chicago was the first city in the world that I am aware of that is lessening the number of parking spots,
becasue they envision that people will be getting there, whether it’s through Uber or other services like it.
I think that about 16% of our city land around the world is estimated to be parking.
Think about that. Can cities reclaim a little bit of their land perhaps? Can we make our cities more livable?
I think all that’s possible.