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Cities Are Right About Uber, But Wrong About Regulating It

Cities and states around the world are engaged in hand-to-hand combat with mobile tech upstart Uber, a company that is rapidly disrupting the traditional taxi business everywhere. Viewed from an impartial distance, it is pretty clear that, whatever it is, Uber is providing a service traditionally provided by taxis. Complicating matters is that many cities have a chaotic and nonsensical approach to regulating public taxis. Before trying to make sense of where Uber fits into the chaos of its taxi ecosystem, cities such as Toronto would be smart to consider why it regulates the industry in the first place.
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In Toronto, where I live, I use Uber's taxi service. The cars and drivers are the exact same ones I'd be using without Uber. But the wait times are three minutes instead of 30, and the trip is automatically charged to my credit card with a tip included. Clearly, taxi companies could have offered those perks themselves. But they never did because they didn't need to. And now that they do, they're crying foul rather than stepping up.
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Uber Needs to Learn it Can Follow the Rules and Disrupt

Uber, Inc., the start-up darling recently earning a $40 billion valuation has found itself embroiled in a high-stakes regulatory and public relations battle over its disruptive business model. Uber has a lot going for it: a profitable business model with substantial demand backed by revolutionary technology with the ability to transform every on-demand service. It's genius and about time the taxi industry is given a shake-up. So why is everyone ganging up on them? No, it's not a media-biased conspiracy as some would have you believe. It is hubris and an underestimation of the politicized stakeholder environment in which it operates.