But users can pay more if they hail a taxi on the street, although this is not always the case. Ride costs and driver payments are controlled by algorithms that vary depending on the application, the duration of a trip in minutes and kilometers, the time of day, and other factors.
Uber said it will provide more details in the coming months. Its partnership with the taxi industry in New York, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, will generate more revenue for the company as it collects fees on each ride ordered through the app.
New Yorkers can still wave to yellow cabs on the street, as always, or order them through two taxi apps, Curb and Arro, as they can now. Every taxi in the city is equipped with meters and technology from Curb or Creative Mobile Technologies, which runs the Arro app. Both applications offer an initial pricing, identical to that of Uber.
“On the one hand, Uber and the yellow cab are completely like water and oil,” said Bruce Schaller, a former city transportation official. “On the other hand, when you go to hail a taxi or go on your smartphone to take an Uber, it will be the same experience as before. So it’s kind of like a big change and the same thing all of a sudden .
When a passenger using the Uber app requests a taxi, the ride will be referred to Curb or Creative Mobile Technologies, which will apply Uber’s fares, including surge fares, which can significantly increase the cost during off-hours. point. Taxi drivers will continue to be paid through Curb or Creative Mobile Technologies, and Uber and the taxi company will collect fees on the ride.
Bhairavi Desai, head of the Taxi Workers Alliance, a group that represents taxi drivers, said she expected drivers accepting rides from the Uber app to earn less than if they picked up passengers in the street and took them to the same place.
She urged drivers to seek better rates from Uber, noting that the deal came “at a time when businesses need this deal more than drivers” because Uber is “hemorrhaging drivers” .