Startup Ride has just launched a car-hailing app that focuses on people looking for a ride to work rather than a ride home from the bar.
Competition is fierce between mobile transportation app companies Uber and Lyft. It's no longer sufficient to just wield big data successfully in matching riders and drivers. That part is a given. Now the competitive edge goes to the company that delivers a little extra in a very big way.
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It seems like Uber, the company that lets people order rides using a mobile app, is a magnet for controversy. In its most recent problem, Uber has delayed admitting to a data breach that has exposed personal information on 50,000 of its drivers.
The Collaborative Economy, particularly the sharing economy leg of it, is likely to generate as much or more data as the Internet of Things. And it continues to erode traditional business models.
What if more people than "journalists Uber loves to hate" are on Uber's watch list for potential blackmail-worthy dirt? People such as politicians, business executives, law enforcement officers, and judges? Even if Uber restrains itself, spies and potential blackmailers could possibly tap into Uber's data to blackmail people or worse.
Uber competitor Lyft is going after the corporate market with the launch of Lyft for Work, which enables companies to pay for work-related commuting expenses using an app on the employee's mobile phone.
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