What happens when two startups — both of which are disruptive by design — begin to disrupt one another? That’s the story between ridesharing companies Lyft and Uber, both of which have turned the transportation industry on its head. Together, Uber and Lyft have been able to successfully tackle the taxiing industry to a certain degree of success, all the while fighting off lawsuits and regulatory assaults in cities across the country. And as their popularity has grown, so have their respective user bases.
It was only a matter of time before the two decided to butt heads, and it looks like we’re witnessing the beginning stages of it.
The accusations have begun to fly between the two companies, with Lyft drivers reportedly accusing drivers from Uber of trying to sabotage them. In order to fulfill their dastardly plan, The New York Times reports, Uber drivers apparently spent the last ten months requesting and subsequently canceling more than 10,000 ride requests. Lyft drivers say that Uber has done so for no other reason than to irritate its drivers and customers, and the accusations are aimed at 177 individual Uber drivers.
Uber then came back at the accusations with a salvo of its own, releasing a statement not only accusing Lyft drivers of the same type of activity, but also dragging investors and acquisition rumors into the picture.
“Lyft’s claims against Uber are baseless and simply untrue. Furthermore, Lyft’s own drivers and employees, including one of Lyft’s founders, have canceled 12,900 trips on Uber,” an Uber representative announced. “A number of Lyft investors have recently been pushing Uber to acquire Lyft. One of their largest shareholders recently warned that Lyft would ‘go nuclear’ if we do not acquire them. We can only assume that the recent Lyft attacks are part of that strategy.”