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Cincinnati entrepreneurs launching ride-share service

 

A group of Cincinnati entrepreneurs and restaurateurs are launching a new ride-share service with the aim of helping people take in the city while hopping to their destination.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2017/12/12/exclusive-cincinnati-entrepreneurs-launching-ride.html


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^^^^I wonder if someone is already planning these somewhere downtown too? Luckily i don't think they would be street legal in the US. If they were i can just see  in the summer throughout OTR they would be dueling it out with the superbike crew littering the streets with turtle shells and banana skins. https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g1066854-d8642806-Reviews-MariCar-Shinagawa_Tokyo_Tokyo_Prefecture_Kanto.html

 

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^^^^I wonder if someone is already planning these somewhere downtown too? Luckily i don't think they would be street legal in the US. If they were i can just see  in the summer throughout OTR they would be dueling it out with the superbike crew littering the streets with turtle shells and banana skins. https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g1066854-d8642806-Reviews-MariCar-Shinagawa_Tokyo_Tokyo_Prefecture_Kanto.html

 

LOL. Go karts (low, fast) would be MUCH more dangerous than golf carts (tall, slow).

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Uber is going to share data with Cincinnati: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/dr-gridlock/wp/2018/01/30/uber-is-giving-cincinnati-access-to-the-data-so-many-cities-covet/?utm_term=.2cd0d5088088

 

Will be interesting to see what insights are gleaned...

 

Here’s a glimpse the initiatives Uber is launching in Cincinnati, according to the company:

 

-The third-party study, in which a consultant will be given access to Uber’s data to “combine that data with insights derived from local transit agencies.”

 

-A “Curb of the Future” study that will examine ideal pickup and dropoff spots to ensure they don’t interfere with traffic and public transit

 

-Uber Movement, the company’s data sharing platform, which includes historical trip time data based on large-scale analysis of ride-hailing trips

 

-A new greenlight hub, an in-person service center for drivers

 

-An employer forum at the Chamber of Commerce to address commuting issues, and a summit engaging experts to solve local mobility issues

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-A “Curb of the Future” study that will examine ideal pickup and dropoff spots to ensure they don’t interfere with traffic and public transit

 

Seems like a lot of work just to tell Uber drivers not to block the streetcar in front of Rhinegeist


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Cincinnati-born, on-demand ride service just launched – and it's free

 

A green, on-demand ride service that uses high-tech electric vehicles to ferry people around Cincinnati's urban core just launched. Oh, and it's free to use.

 

Oggo – pronounced OH-go – launched quietly in Cincinnati on Oct. 18. The ride service is the creation of three longtime Cincinnati entrepreneurs:

 

*Joe Creighton, owner of Cheapside Cafe and Mecca OTR

*Dustin Grutza, founder of staffing company CraftForce and former University of Cincinnati quarterback

*Michael Palmer, former creative director of the Boca Restaurant Group.

 

Oggo works a lot like ridesharing services like Lyft and Uber: users download the app, input their current location and destination, and a vehicle comes, picks them up at point A and drops them off at point B. Rather than being picked up in someone's personal vehicle, Oggo users are picked up in a five-seat electric vehicle driven by an Oggo employee.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2018/10/18/exclusive-cincinnati-born-on-demand-ride-service.html

 

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I hope they succeed but I’m skeptical. Free services that rely on advertising and have significant marginal costs (in this case: paying the drivers) will struggle to scale. If demand picks up, the wait times for these will increase to the point where they become untenable, if it gets to the point where “every time I try to use the service the wait time is an hour, so I just stop trying.” Unless their ad-revenue is able to scale up as demand does, I don’t see how this survives more than a year or two.

 

If they could simply undercut Uber pricing, I wouldn’t mind paying for a ride if there was the reliability of knowing the wait times would be reasonable. 

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So...are they constantly playing ads from sponsors inside the car? Do you have to watch videos before you can hail a ride? Does the app require permissions to an arm, a leg, and your first born? Not getting how this works financially. Can you tip through the app?

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I kept seeing them today downtown.  I re-read the article and they have five of them.  So their staffing is similar to the streetcar system, except they're probably paying the drivers dirt with no benefits whereas the streetcar drivers are unionized. 

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To be clear: Oggo is only free during the "beta" period. They eventually intend to start charging for rides. You will pay in the app when you request the ride.

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How Cincinnati's newest rideshare service ferries you around for free

 

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Cincinnati's newest rideshare operation, which transports people around downtown, Covington and Newport, is able to offer rides without any cost to consumers because of a new sponsorship with one of the planet's biggest spirits companies.

 

Oggo, which launched in October 2018, is able to offer free rides to Cincinnatians through a partnership with Pernod Ricard USA, parent company of brands like Jameson, Absolut and Malibu.

 

Oggo works a lot like ridesharing services like Lyft and Uber: users use an app to hail a ride, which picks them up at their location and drops them off at a destination. Rather than being picked up in someone's personal vehicle, Oggo users are picked up in a five-seat electric vehicle driven by an Oggo employee.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2019/02/15/how-cincinnatis-newest-rideshare-service-ferries.html


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So they decided to go the sponsorship route rather than the payment route. I do know they were previously testing payments in their app though.

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Cincinnati adds rideshare zones in urban core

 

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There’s a new way to meet up with an Uber or Lyft driver in Cincinnati’s Central Business District, Over-the-Rhine or the Banks.

 

The city’s Department of Transportation & Engineering has installed seven rideshare locations for drivers and passengers using rideshare services along with taxis and individual commuters.

 

The meetups are located in some of the urban core’s most congested areas along or near the Cincinnati Bell Connector streetcar route and are designated by bright blue and green signage.

 

Uber and Lyft drivers will be aware of the pickup zones because of a geofence installed on those apps directing them there.

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2019/10/15/cincinnati-adds-rideshare-locations-in-urban-core.html


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The most exciting part about this announcement is that Cincinnati finally is adopting those timetable-style parking signs. Hopefully these are adopted all around the city, not just at these rideshare zones. These would really help visitors understand when it is/isn't okay to park, especially on the OTR streets that are permit-only at night but allow paid parking between certain hours in the daytime.

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3 hours ago, taestell said:

The most exciting part about this announcement is that Cincinnati finally is adopting those timetable-style parking signs. Hopefully these are adopted all around the city, not just at these rideshare zones. These would really help visitors understand when it is/isn't okay to park, especially on the OTR streets that are permit-only at night but allow paid parking between certain hours in the daytime.

 

These signs are pretty easy to read considering how much information they are displaying. They're a welcome addition (though simpler parking policies would be a far more welcome addition).

 

 I can't find it right now, but somewhere I have a folder of terrible parking signs in New York from the time I spend living there in the mid 2000s. Some of them were pretty ridiculous. I was happy to read, a few years ago, that there's a large effort to simplify the signs.

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