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The ring is open, in the blue corner Uber and in the red corner Lyft. In today’s infographic, we are looking into the highlights of business ground transportation developments in the U.S. of 2017.

Smart Cities are a reality, IoT is still not there to bring benefit to citizen and governments only technology emerged. Dr.Usman Zafar

Board Advisor & Smart City Expert, Skillz ME

Smart Cities live from Smart Service providers. The Certify SpendSmart Report for Q1 2017 identifies the latest business travel and entertainment expense spending trends analyzing user transaction data collected from its cloud-based system in the U.S. .

In the first quarter of 2017, competition is heating up in the race for business travel ground transportation dollars. Second-place riding-hailing provider Lyft is quickly gaining ground, while Uber’s growth in the quarter has all but ground to a stop.

Uner just grown just 1% in the ground transportation category, its slowest pace on record with Certify. But believe it or not, the reason behind here could be the user reviews. While Uber on average received 3 stars out of 5 at user reviews with messages like: “Service is absolutely fine and convenient. But Uber has terrible business practices.” Lyft could shine in user reviews, “I like using Lyft because they treat drivers better than Uber.”

Believe it or not, what the user community is saying has a weight and the voice is loud to be heard across the borders.

If we look at the shares of ground transportation Uber is still leading the crowd since 2016 with 53%. Car rental was in the US always a competitive service since streets and street signs are easy to follow, 31% of business travelers still use car rental, a decline of 2% compared to 2016. Taxi lost also 1% compared to 2016 only 10% choose a taxi. Lyft could grow by 2%, 6% are counting on the service from Lyft.

Lyft was launched in the summer of 2012 by Logan Green and John Zimmer as a service of Zimride, a long-distance ridesharing company the two founded in 2007.

If we look over the ocean at the map of the US we see that all major cities have trends. New York and Chicago are still strong markets for Taxi drivers. While Uber and Lyft battle for share in cities across the U.S.. San Francisco, Dallas and, Atlanta are pro Uber cities and Miami turned out to be the best growth market for Uber. Los Angles has the biggest share for Lyft (14%), while in New York (+5%) and Atalanta (+5%) they could make a giant step forward in 2017.

Smart transportation is key for alternatives of ground transportation. We did not look into public transportation today, and since you know I live in Dubai, we are looking into the next big thing. Dubai announced 2017 drone taxi, we will see how this goes in 2018.

Check out the infographic below for an update on the race for business travel ground transportation dollars. Share with us your thoughts and opinion, who will win big in the near future?

Business Travel Ground Transportation Report
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