@suetanvil you know what if there was like, a federated version of uber and lyft where people just run their own websites and got all the money
The thing uber et. al. bring to the table is that they (sort of) vet the drivers. A federated clone would allow bad actors to spoof good reviews.
I’m thinking turnkey FOSS infrastructure that (e.g.) a co-op of former Uber drivers could just deploy and use.
@uncletrunks @suetanvil yeah like the model im thinking of is you basically have a bunch of instances similar to mastodon where drivers sign up and join a cooop, and different instances offer different services and such, like maybe one would be slightly higher per-ride fees to the instance but they actually offer google maps API for instance so its basically just a pass through for paying for that infrastructure. and in general it would be about doing the best thing for drivers and passengers and being upfront about the costs to provide the service and infrastructure.
@suetanvil yeah like it would be difficult to bootstrap, to say the least. it might even necessitate authenticating against uber/lyft until better infrastructure is in place to do vetting, and figure out proper web of trust shit standalone
it'd be a big problem to solve, theres a reason that people who do all that effort want to chase unicorns, but damn it'd be cool
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