The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
I often use Uber and AirB&B and these are now vital services to how I function. I normally use public transportation but sometimes the last leg of the trip isn't accessible by bus or train. I often cannot hail a cab on the street and if I call dispatch, either the cab doesn't arrive at all (I suspect someone else grabs it) or I have to wait 20-30 minutes. With Uber, I can easily and quickly get a ride. It would be great to be able to hail a cab with Uber so I'm not against cabs. I just need to know I have a ride. With AirB&B, I get access to real neighborhoods, away from tourist traps and business parks - it lets you live like a local and really feel part of the place you are visiting. And having the amenities of home (kitchen, laundry, separate living room if your partner snores) helps me settle in for longer stays. I've read stories in the news about how hosts/drivers sometimes find themselves in trouble with their insurance companies. It would be great if Uber and AirB&B provided some sort of blanket insurance. With their scale, they could more easily get affordable options than individuals could. I know that CityShare and ZipCar have found ways to offer affordable coverage so I'm sure it's possible. But I think it would help protect the hosts/drivers and ensure if something unfortunate does happen, everything will be handled.