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Old 06-02-2015, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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I get that. That isn't the point. For a Vegas cabbile, to get from McCarren to Caesar's Palace doesn't require a GPS either.

The point is, for standard cab trips in Vegas, using Uber will require the user to jump through hoops that using a standard cab won't. And in Vegas, the percentage of standard cab trips is much higher than in London or NYC.
well that's the whole point right there....

London Cabbies > Vegas Cabbies

If Uber > London Cabbies, then Uber > Las Vegas Cabbies

In other words, the public doesn't need cab drivers once the hoops are gone

TLDR, Vegas Cab drivers are hanging on by a hoop
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Old 06-02-2015, 02:25 PM
 
Location: Sunrise
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I suppose it's only logical that the closer someone is to the industry, the more likely it is they they're not going to see the point unless: a) It is beaten into them repeatedly with a sledgehammer; or b) They are completely passed over by technology, and they scratch their heads wondering not just where their job went, but their whole industry.

(And "b" is just like travel agents in the 1990s -- they acted EXACTLY the same way. Read USEnet travel forums from the period. Their posts from that time are a mixture of "you can't live without us," "you don't have the experience," "technology can't replace the personal touch," all the way to "you'll miss us when we're gone" at the very end.)
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Old 06-02-2015, 02:33 PM
 
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my new garmin GPS shows accidents and traffic jam. And its free (service). So why taxi cab drivers are not using it just for that reason?

I turn on my GPS every day when I go to work, not because I need directions but to see if anything is going on on freeway.
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Old 06-02-2015, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
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my new garmin GPS shows accidents and traffic jam. And its free (service). So why taxi cab drivers are not using it just for that reason?

I turn on my GPS every day when I go to work, not because I need directions but to see if anything is going on on freeway.
I thought we weren't supposed to go on the freeway?
We have radios to help give each other live traffic updates from individuals passing by the scene. Much faster and more detailed than any app could provide!
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Old 06-02-2015, 04:11 PM
 
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All bashing aside of drivers, the bottom line is uber is a less than honorable business model. They have changed their own rules regarding drivers split, etc. With wall st and Hollywood investment money uber along with Goldman sacs wants only to have an IPO, and fleece the average investor. Prior to uber its CEO sold pirated movies and music under the guise of file sharing. The truth about uber will eventually reveal itself but unfortunately not till after they go public.
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Old 06-02-2015, 04:12 PM
 
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Eventually they'll be no cabbies. The cars will be driven by computer.

But strangely, how the cabs will pick up passengers will be the same, because the cab (not cabbie) licensing probably won't change. Either you have to arrange for a ride through an Uber type services, and wait for it to pick you up, or you just walk to the cab stand, and get in a cab that's already waiting for a customer. In the airport and casino situation, that latter is more convenient.

And there no guarantee, or even likelyhood that an Uber driver will be better (or worse for that matter) than a standard cabbie. They're all likely coming from the same pool.

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well that's the whole point right there....

London Cabbies > Vegas Cabbies

If Uber > London Cabbies, then Uber > Las Vegas Cabbies

In other words, the public doesn't need cab drivers once the hoops are gone

TLDR, Vegas Cab drivers are hanging on by a hoop
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Old 06-02-2015, 04:19 PM
 
Location: Sunrise
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And there no guarantee, or even likelyhood that an Uber driver will be better (or worse for that matter) than a standard cabbie. They're all likely coming from the same pool.

And I think creative Uber drivers will turn their vehicles into "the Karaoke Kab" and similar to set themselves apart from standard cab drivers. There will be combination cab-rides/tours. Cabs driven by showgirls in pasties. Stripper cabs. You name it. People are going to become creative so that customers seek them out, instead of the current model of idling at the cab line waiting for a fare. Think of the money someone could make carving out a Strip Club shuttle niche -- "I take you from club to club. I know all the girls, all the bartenders. I know the 'secret passwords' and can get you the keys to the kingdom." (And kickbacks from the clubs themselves.) That's the future.

With no real boss to report to, people have more latitude to turn driving people from point-a to point-b into something more.
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Old 06-02-2015, 04:21 PM
 
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I don't care how many zeros and ones google has at its disposal, in LV there is simply too many variables. They were bragging that their test vehicles had only four crashes----what? Can you imagine leaving Caesars or Mirage at peak times, a driverless vehicle will literal take hours to get out. I doubt google will program vehicles to break the law which sometimes one has to do driving in LV. Little things like pedestrian traffic cannot be accounted for.
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Old 06-02-2015, 04:25 PM
 
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And I think creative Uber drivers will turn their vehicles into "the Karaoke Kab" and similar to set themselves apart from standard cab drivers. There will be combination cab-rides/tours. Cabs driven by showgirls in pasties. Stripper cabs. You name it. People are going to become creative so that customers seek them out, instead of the current model of idling at the cab line waiting for a fare. Think of the money someone could make carving out a Strip Club shuttle niche -- "I take you from club to club. I know all the girls, all the bartenders. I know the 'secret passwords' and can get you the keys to the kingdom." (And kickbacks from the clubs themselves.) That's the future.

With no real boss to report to, people have more latitude to turn driving people from point-a to point-b into something more.
You need to actually experience LV before you speak. They are called party busses and have been around for years and years.
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Old 06-02-2015, 04:29 PM
 
Location: Sunrise
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And instead of party bus prices, these tricked out amateur cabs will charge Uber prices.

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