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Does anyone know if Uber is reviewing driver partner applications now for the Las Vegas area? I have already attended the meeting for Lyft. I submitted my application on June 2nd. I received a text saying they would update me but have not heard from Uber since.
I suspect they may be waiting for final requirements to be handed down by regulators and Lyft simply got a head start. Anybody have any thoughts?
 

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Realistically, it is probably worth more than 300K to them. Keep in mind unlike the majority of the country we have an extremely controlled transportation system. For the tourist market they will really only be competing with a few cab companies that have major staffing problems. The locals and off strip market they will own almost entirely. If they both start more corporate accounts (seems inevitable) as well as incentive programs it will put a serious dent in the black sedan market, but not devastate it. And they will most likely have a several very profitable years before another competitor comes around. Makes the 300 K quite a bargain for both companies.
 

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No UberBlack for Nevada right now, only UberX. It may get some of the hire car service but for non taxi hire cars there is still the requirement that the car services have to be booked no sooner than an hour before you need (that has some loopholes as well). Until they address that and the fact that UberBlack are traditional licensed livery services I don't see much of an impact, if any in the black car/SUV market for the resort corridor but for locals transport to the airport that could be a different story. For a good chunk of the burbs, it can be an $80-100 cab ride to or from the airport. A town car service is $40-50. If UberX can get it closer to that, on demand at least for the runs to the airport they could get some business.
My thinking was that if incentives like airline miles/points or free trips after a certain number of rides were worked into Uber/ Lyft business model, that would directly impact the black car industry in Vegas. Some companies with corporate accounts may actually direct employees to use TNC's exclusively to help offset airfare/ travel expenses. It is nearly impossible for the smaller localized sedan industry to compete with that. I saw promotional signs offering double mileage points for using Uber when I was in Hong Kong earlier in the year. Coming to America soon?
 
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