Monday, January 18, 2016

KXAN On Uber Minimum Fare Increase

My first interview with AUSTIN (KXAN).  This makes it official.  I have been interviewed by every local Austin TV station now. KXAN was the last station to finally interview me.  As the fight continues to assure rideshare companies Uber and Lyft remain in Austin, Uber is doubling its minimum fare. This comes a month after the Austin City Council voted in favor of fingerprint background checks for rideshare companies. Uber and Lyft vow to leave if those measures are implemented.  KXAN asked for my opinion.



Monday, January 4, 2016

New Insurance Requirements for Uber and Lyft drivers

Another interview with KEYE.  This story is about new insurance requirements for all Texas TNC drivers.  This new law sets minimum levels of coverage for when you are logged onto the app and when you have a passenger in your car.  The driver is suppose to add this endorsement to his insurance, but if they don't, the TNC is responsibility for any liability. 

It sounds like Uber and Lyft users already comply, but if we do not buy the extra insurance and we have more than one app running, then which TNC will be liable?  The bill is almost a backdoor incentive to make TNC drivers only use one app at a time.  So they can easily tell who is liable.


Tuesday, December 15, 2015

My new Hoverboard

I had to get one.  Sometimes called a Segway, the box says self-balancing wheel or or the public calls them a hoverboard!  Hoverboard seems to be the term that is catching on.  I did a bit a research online and mostly on YouTube.  I guess these things have recently become the rage.  Mostly for catching on fire, but that is just media hype.

I have seen prices from $228 from Wish.com to $1700 for IO Hawk brand.  They are all mostly made in China and the cheapest ones are shipped directly from China distributors.  There was an original inventor, Shane Chen had them made in China and soon after, companies started out creating knock offs brands.

I originally ordered mine from Wish.com.  I saw it taking 3-4 weeks, so I order from http://www.smartselfbalancewheel.com/ and recieved it within 4 days and this model even had a bluetooth speaker built into it.  I paid about $100 more, but it is shipped from stock from the States.


Monday, December 14, 2015

TNC Regulations in Austin

It has been over a year since the city of Austin legalized Uber and Lyft in Austin.  The new council has taken up the issue and is looking to make the original ordinance permanent with a number of additional regulations.  One of the additional regulations would require all drivers to submit to a fingerprint background check.  Lyft does not operate in any city with a mandatory fingerprint check.  Uber only operates in Houston with the check, but only reluctantly.  KEYE interviewed me on my thoughts.  They actually spread out my comments over a few news cycles.


Thursday, November 19, 2015

Universal Studio Vacation

We took a trip to Los Angeles for Yesenia's Birthday.  We visited Universal Studio, downtown Los Angeles and Hollywood.  On the Hollywood tour we went to Beverly Hills and saw Kim Kardashian's driveway.

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Kim Kardashian's driveway..