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> By late 1914, some enterprising motorists had established the nation's first jitney companies, using oversized automobiles to ply the streets in search of customers

This is more like gypsy cabs. Uber/Lyft don't have to ply the streets b/c of their app and backend tech.




What do you think Uber vehicles do then, if not ply the streets?

The Uber app specifically tells drivers how to ply the streets - what direction they should be driving in order to maximize their chances of picking up a profitable fare in the future. They call it "surge pricing".


> What do you think Uber vehicles do then, if not ply the streets?

Do you mean that Uber drivers can be hailed?


Yes, you can, using the app.

Inside the app you can see them plying around you and you just hail them in your phone. The interface is much more practical than hailing a taxi using your hand.




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