Transit's Apple Watch app returns after two-year hiatus
More than a few well-known developers pulled their Apple Watch apps in the past couple of years due to technical obstacles or just a lack of interest, but one of those apps has come roaring back. As promised back in September, Transit has re-launched its Apple Watch app after a nearly two-year break -- and with significant improvements, to boot. The popular public transportation tool is now a native app, of course, but it also gives you considerably more detail than just arrival times, including future arrivals and a map indicating where to go.
Uber users in Las Vegas will soon be able to purchase public transit tickets through the app. The change makes Las Vegas only the second city in which Uber users can purchase transit tickets directly in the app.
When users enter a destination, they'll see a "transit" tab, which will include real-time info on their public transit options. Under the "transit ticket" tab, they'll be able to purchase and activate a range of Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Southern Nevada tickets -- including Strip and All Access, hourly and monthly passes.
Uber is rolling the feature out over the next few weeks and says it chose to announce the change during CES to highlight the role public transit will play in the company's future. "As we work together to make Uber part of the public transportation ecosystem we can make cities more accessible and work to make individual car ownership a thing of the past," said Uber's head of transit David Reich.
Last year, Uber began allowingto purchases public transportation options. Since then, we've seen a handful of cities get , but not purchasing options.
VTC: what model for the collaborative platform that wants to counter Uber?
Small revolution in sight in the sector of transport cars with driver (VTC)? The question seems legitimate while the Mobility Transport association (AMT), which brings together nearly 200 companies and more than 1,500 drivers, announced this weekend that it would launch in February a "100% collaborative" application, intended to connect VTC drivers and customers, without going through the platforms. By "100% collaborative", the AMT means "zero commission". Thus "all of the driver's turnover will be donated to him," Joseph François, president of the AMT, told La Tribune.
This announcement comes at a time whenagain, in particular against Uber, in order to weigh on the ongoing discussions with . VTC drivers criticize, among other things, the platforms - which put drivers and customers in contact, fix the prices and take a percentage on the price of each trip - too high commissions (from 10% for Marcel to 25% for UberX) and too low rates. It is in particular the Uber platform which is targeted by their protests, and a first movement, before Christmas, had led the government to initiate mediation, still in progress, and in which the AMT participates.
"This economy of uberization has come to an end", comments Joseph François. This is why, at the start of the year, the AMT decided to prepare for the "post-Uber" period, he explains. And act with the creation of this collaborative platform, which, according to him "will both improve the income of the VTC driver and his working conditions".
Pooling of client files
Initially, the organization relies on the motivation of a thousand drivers. Regarding the volume of customers it hopes to reach, the AMT hopes for a "militant act" on the part of consumers. Joseph François also explains that the goal is to pool customer files from different companies.
Furthermore, the AMT announces that it "will constitute an economic interest grouping (GIE) which will be made up of independent drivers as well as companies with the aim of responding to public and private transport tenders. This second This measure will have the effect of providing the actors of the sector with a source of additional income. "
Three sources of income
In detail, the business model of the new app will be based on three sources of income, specifies Joseph François at La Tribune. First of all, AMT intends to monetize this service through advertising, and assures that some advertisers would already be interested.
Then, if the absence of commission will characterize the collaborative aspect, according to him, of the platform, its access will be chargeable. Interested drivers will therefore have to pay a monthly subscription of around 30 euros per month. A cost certainly, but which will remain much more advantageous for the drivers than the current commissions charged by the booking platforms, ensures Joseph François.
Other gains will also be made thanks to the implementation of group purchases, both for fuel and for vehicles or even the famous bottles of water.
A "Grenelle du VTC"
It remains to be seen whether the mayonnaise will take and whether the platform will succeed in competing with Uber,. So to put the odds on their side and educate as many players as possible, the AMT will open a "Grenelle du VTC" on Friday. These are round tables, discussions with a view to co-building the economy of the hybrid bike of tomorrow, explains the president of the federation.
And above all, it remains to be seen what impact this could have on the giant Uber. And for good reason, AMT is one of its biggest partners for the time being. However, the application of the American Travis Kalanick seems to welcome this potential new competitor with a good eye.
"Uber encourages all competition allowing professional drivers to develop their activity," explains a spokesperson for the platform. Before taking the opportunity to recall "the heavy investments" required by a platform like Uber, thus justifying the passage "service fees" decried at the moment by some drivers, but essential for "the operational and technological excellence of [their ] services, "he said.
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