Uber loves competition, when it’s the one doing the competing


Uber terminated access to its API for Urbanhail, a startup that compared pricing and availability among ride-hailing apps and taxi companies, after chastising the company’s founders for violating its terms of service, which forbid creating competitive uses.

As Urbanhail co-founder Amber James said, it’s a moment of sublime irony, given Uber’s ceaseless rhetoric about the importance of competition: “They are absolutely a champion of competition when it’s them against taxi companies or them against regulators. However, in its own ride-hailing niche of the transportation market, Uber’s stance is ironically absolutely anti-competitive.”