San Diego Union-Tribune: A COVID-19 death renews questions of Uber and Lyft’s responsibility to drivers

San Diego Union-Tribune: A COVID-19 death renews questions of Uber and Lyft’s responsibility to drivers. “The pandemic has dramatically raised the stakes in the years-long fight over what protections Lyft, Uber and other gig-economy companies should be required to provide workers. Adding to longstanding wage and benefit gripes, [Billie Sue] Matchke’s fate is now the nightmare scenario facing rideshare drivers everywhere. Some have recently gone beyond just wearing masks and wiping down door handles to also installing makeshift partitions in their vehicles to shield themselves from potentially infected customers. Advocates have argued that drivers shouldn’t be forced to risk death just to make ends meet, and have blasted Uber and Lyft for making it nearly impossible for drivers to collect state unemployment pay.”

Road/Show: Coronavirus has people changing their minds about ride-hailing, study says

Road/Show: Coronavirus has people changing their minds about ride-hailing, study says. “An essential part of this whole social-distancing thing is that you stay the hell away from other people. I mean, it’s right there in the name. So, it would make sense then that people are starting to look differently at things like ride-hailing services and public transit, which is precisely what they’re doing according to a recent study of 3,021 people by Cars.com.”

Mashable: Lyft will offer free rides for voters during the 2020 primaries

Mashable: Lyft will offer free rides for voters during the 2020 primaries. “On Friday, the ride share service announced that it would be expanding its free and discounted ride program throughout the primary calendar and general election. Part of the company’s LyftUp initiative — a charitable effort that helps in-need riders of all kinds — the Voting Access Program will start with the Iowa caucus on Monday.”

Google Blog: Travel your first and last mile with Google Maps

Google Blog: Travel your first and last mile with Google Maps. “Google Maps has always helped you get from place to place, whether you’re driving, walking, biking or taking public transit. And we know that transit journeys can be complex–often involving multiple modes of transportation to help you get around town. Today, we’re making it easy to pair transit directions with biking and ridesharing options so you can travel that first or last mile with ease.”