Need further proof that Uber is conquering the world? The company now boasts more cars on the road in New York than there are traditional yellow cabs, after arriving in the city in May 2011.
The New York Post reports that Uber commands 14,088 black cars and luxury vehicles in the city, compared to the 13,587 cabs currently registered by the Taxi and Limousine Commission. That’s pretty crazy, and helps illustrate just how quickly the company has gone from small startup to hulking tech giant. Don’t forget, plenty of taxi drivers also use Uber to pick up fares, and the firm gets a $2 fee each time that happens.
Uber’s faced plenty of criticism, especially in New York where the company often faces off directly with local government. The firm doesn’t pay the same surcharges levied on taxi drivers to help fund public transit. It’s also staffed by a fleet of independent contractors, rather than full-time employees.
On the plus side, Uber offers drivers a looser schedule and the possibility of more money. It’s also a great alternative to hailing a cab, which can be difficult at times and often impossible in less popular parts of the city. For now we’re happy to have both options, even if neither one is perfect.