Cabs Fight Back Against Uber, Lyft, Offer ‘Anonymous’ Cash Rides

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Traditional taxicab companies are trying to persuade riders to leave Uber and Lyft and return to good old-fashioned cab companies because people can use them without having to reveal their location and destination to companies that sell that data on the web.

“When you take a cab, no one has to know where you were when you got picked up and where you were when you got dropped off,” said Sayed Abdullah, a driver with Yellow Cab  in Washington, D.C. “You get in the cab, you tell the driver to go to a club on M Street, and who’s going to know?”

Vladimir Kovakovich, an independent cab driver in Chicago, said people are flocking to his cab because they know they can go anywhere in the city without a single bit of personal data getting out on the dark web. “I can tell you that, if you’re doing something you don’t want others to know, you can’t beat hailing a cab and putting cash in the driver’s hand,” he said. “Plus, we offer TV in the backseat. It’s a small screen, but it’s a TV, and it tells you the weather and stuff.”

Blue Top cab in Houston is running ads in the Houston Chronicle touting a new slogan, “We’re your privacy transportation option.” The company is a cooperative owned by its drivers and it’s now 35 percent more expensive to become an owner, says the company’s president, Gamal Tehrani. “If you want to get in on this, you need to get in soon,” he said. “We’re killing it.”

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