Uber and Lyft servers crashed because of demand in many markets around the country last night. Halloween one of the rideshare companies’ biggest nights saw a huge spike in demand from users and drivers.
Several Uber riders complained of being stuck out of the system due to server errors and being locked out of the app. In most cases, this only seemed to last a few minutes. Lyft too experienced server errors with customers and drivers which appeared to last a little bit longer than their San Francisco based competition Uber.
Uber drivers were all smiles last night because of price surging. The ever popular “price surging” increases fares when demand is high and there are fewer drivers on the road. Rates shot up to as high as 5 or 6 times the usual fare across Los Angeles throughout the evening. But this didn’t seem to slow down requests for rides.
Uber is still trying to get more drivers on the road. Uber is offering a $500 signon bonus for Lyft drivers who sign up to drive for them.
- Current LYFT drivers who signup for Uber will get a $500 bonus after 20 trips signup via this referral link: https://partners.uber.com/drive/?invite_code=fuso3
- New Lyft Drivers will get up to $50 after signing up and making 20 trips using this link: Sign up for Lyft today!
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More about the companies:
UBER –– has a more conservative demographic of users. This is very likely because when they launched Uber originally they were just a black car aka town car service. Then they launched UberX which is the program where everyday folks drive their cars and began to compete with competitor Lyft. Uber operates in 160 cities globally and has raised about 4 billion dollars in investment cash. www.uber.com
LYFT – definitely has a more relaxed demographic of users. This is very likely because it’s logo is a pink mustache. It’s an easy way to identify their army of cars around town. They’ve raised 1 billion dollars in investment cash and operate in about 70 cities across the US.