While most New Yorkers know of Uber’s strong-arm tactics with Mayor de Blasio, many are completely unaware of the company’s history with bullying, racism, slut-shaming, and threatening political leaders into complying with its demands.
The economics around are the issue are complicated and politicized, but nobody can contest that Uber is having an impact on the taxi industry, as drivers are switching to become drivers for the company — at least the ones lucky enough to own relatively new personal cars anyhow. The hard working taxi drivers that can barely make ends meet and don’t have a personal car, they are out of luck.
Yet, despite the company’s abhorrent business practices and destructive effect on the taxi industry, Uber continues to thrive in the City for one reason and one reason alone: the App. It’s very convenient to call a car and pay for it using the App, something New Yorkers are willing to pay for so they don’t have to stand with their arm out in the street like an idiot.
With the arrival of Arro for hailing cabs through the City’s regulated taxi industry, things may soon change for the better.
Arro is a free application for iPhone and Android. It lets you order a ride or pay for a ride that you’re already in. Tons of taxis. Super-fast pickups. No surge pricing. We’re launching in New York City soon.