I’m not even sure if it’s illegal or not but it’s annoying as hell...
Ubers and Lyfts stopping in the middle of the street, turning on their emergency flashers, and expecting people to move around then while other cars are either stuck behind them.
James Altucher taught me a valuable way to come up with ideas. Simply, “If you can’t think of 10 ideas, think of 20.”
The point is, ideas come easily if you lower your guard and get crazy, wild, and force yourself to think outside the box. People are full of ideas, they usually just are discouraged because they don’t think they have any good ideas.
I used to run a series of posts called “10 ideas” where I would write down 10 business ideas I had and then go and post them. Check out this list of 10 ideas from ‘13
Let’s try and come up with 10 ideas to stop this Uber/Lyft scenario. The point isn’t to come up with 10 ideas that are 100% foolproof. The point is to get your mind flowing and eventually something will stick.
Remember, if you can’t think of 10, think of 20.
Ten Ideas to get stopped Ubers & Lyfts out of the streets
- The Uber/Lyft app would count the number of honks that happen while a driver is waiting to pick someone up. Hypothesis: More Honks, worse park job causing traffic, less money off the ride.
- Cell phone app that takes a picture of a stopped car and sends to local law enforcement
- Paint gun on the front of your car that fires if a car is in the lane and stopped, it’s like the modern day Scarlet letter “A”
- Uber/lyft prompt you to answer a question in the app about whether or not your driver was stopped in the middle of the road when they picked you up. Negative points for those that do
- As a regular driver, install a Uber/Lyft bumper that gives a love tap to any car who’s stopped dangerously in the road. It can be similar to the boxing glove that comes out of the present
- Use image recognition to find when cars are stopped at popular pick up places, report cars who violate
- Uber/Lyft enforce a dollar off ride if you pick someone up in the street
- Public plea and catchy marketing slogan that would make it “uncool” to get picked up in the street. Similar to the “Don’t mess with Texas” slogan.
- Uber/Lyft allow riders to tell the driver that they actually prefer to be picked up at a safe location and not on the street
- Ubers/Lyfts are required to install ramps on the back off all their cars. If a car is stopped in the middle of the street, the cars behind them can simply ride right over them monster truck style.