Stop Saying Uber Is Part Of The Sharing Economy
The sharing economy is a fast-growing phenomenon. People increasingly share their home, car, clothing or tools on Internet platforms such as Airbnb, Relayrides, and Peerby. Along with its rapid growth, however, the sharing economy has also come under fire. This criticism focuses in particular on the new taxi service UberX (or UberPOP in Europe) that enables anyone to work as an "amateur driver." Consumers benefit from lower prices, but regular taxi drivers point to unfair competition and uninsured passengers. This controversy attracts plenty of attention to the new industry, but the real question is: why do we think UberX is even really part of the sharing economy? The controversy makes clear that it is ambiguous where the sharing economy begins and where it ends. When looking at Uber, we can distinguish different services. It is another service of Uber, UberX, that spurred the most controversy. Finally, Uber also recently initiated the service UberPool in San Francisco.
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