Lesson 4: The Future of Ridesharing

Hello and welcome to another lesson at the Rideshare Academy. In this lesson, we will cover the future of ridesharing.

Whether you have completed the previous lessons or are just jumping in now, make sure to review the courses previous material so that you have a clear understanding of the terms and topics being covered.

The Future is Neigh

In the past five years alone, ridesharing companies have made hundreds if not thousands of changes to their approach, their asthetics and the future of their platforms. App changes, law changes, policy changes, rider changes, driver changes – you name it, and it has been changed at least ten times.

Because of these changes, not only is the ridesharing industry murky, it is also limitless with options. With the industry evolving so fast and new technologies becoming constantly available and innovated – where does that leave you, as a prospective driver?

Self Driving Ridesharing Cars

In the past year, self driving cars, created for the purpose of ridesharing have been more than speculative – they have been an ongoing venture from corporate giants like Google (Alphabet Inc) and Uber.

A lot of rideshare drivers worry that by 2020, they will be put out of a job and that there will be no need for vehicles manned by humans. While we definitely do see that happening in the future, we believe 2020 is a little too quick.

If you take a look at the most recent reports for self driving cars, you will start to understand that the technology it’s self is still a long way off. If and when self driving cars are put into practice application, we predict that they will still require a human to be in the front cabin to make sure nothing goes wrong, for some time.

Not only that but, consider the size of a companies fleet. If they have to maintain the cars and provide commercial insurance on them, then it’s safe to say that the costs of self driving car rides when ridesharing will still be higher than the rides of current platforms like Lyft and Uber.

How do autonomous vehicles actually work? Watch the video below to understand why and how large tech giants are building these fleets.

Should I Rideshare Drive, Even in Light of The Above Info

Absolutely, and why not? Just because Uber or Google releases a fancy, high-tech, self driving vehicle doesn’t mean that Lyft, Gett, Curb or InstaRyde will. With the constant expansion of the population, there will always be room for rideshare drivers in any city, at any time.

Not only that, but we’ve also spoken to many rideshare riders and a major common theme that we believe Uber and Google are not accounting for is the fact that humans just like humans. A lot of our riders when asked have told us that they enjoy the conversations and time spent with their rideshare drivers. In many cases their drivers have even become a part of their lives and turned out to be great friends, partners or colleagues.

At Rideshare Academy, we don’t see ridesharing as we know it going away for some time. That is why we created this course. To help you understand what ridesharing is, how it can benefit you and to be the best driver you can be.

The Future of Ridesharing Recap

Below are some questions about this module. Take the time to consider the information you have read and answer these questions in your head.

1.) Do you believe ridesharing is the future of transportation or is it just a fad that may come and go?
2.) Which two major companies are working on self driving technology to implement into their ridesharing platforms?
3.) Can you identify why ridesharing companies like Lyft and Uber are able to keep their rates low? Hint: It has to do with not owning the cars they utilize for their services.
4.) As a person, would you prefer an automated ridesharing service opposed to current platforms and services? Why or why not?