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Innovation of the Day: Uber will pay you $1,000 to ditch your car for five weeks

Key Insights:

  • Uber's One Less Car Trial: Uber is launching a trial where 175 participants in the US and Canada will give up their cars for five weeks in exchange for $1,000 in credits for alternative transportation.

  • Aim: The trial aims to highlight the high costs of personal car ownership and promote the use of alternative transportation modes like Uber, public transit, bike-share, and car-share.

  • Eligibility and Requirements: Participants must be 18 or older, have a driver's license, a vehicle used more than three times a week, a bank card, and be willing to document their experience.

  • Incentives: Participants receive $500 in Uber Cash, a $200 car rental/carshare voucher, $300 for other transportation modes, and a free Uber One membership.

  • Car-Light, Not Car-Free: Participants can keep one car if they own two, but the goal is to encourage a "car-light" lifestyle.

Key Takeaway:

Uber's trial aims to encourage a shift away from car dependency by providing financial incentives and promoting the use of alternative transportation modes.


This trial reflects a growing trend of exploring car-light or car-free lifestyles, driven by concerns about environmental impact, cost of ownership, and traffic congestion.

Consumers Addressed:

The trial targets car owners in select cities who are open to exploring alternative transportation options and potentially reducing their reliance on personal vehicles.


  • Uber's initiative could raise awareness about the benefits of using alternative transportation and potentially influence consumer behavior.

  • The trial results will provide insights into the feasibility and challenges of adopting car-light lifestyles in different urban environments.

Implications for Brands:

  • Uber can position itself as a leader in promoting sustainable transportation solutions and reducing car dependency.

  • Other transportation companies may explore similar initiatives to encourage multi-modal transportation use.

  • Brands can leverage the trial to promote their products or services related to alternative transportation.

Implications for Society:

  • A shift towards car-light or car-free lifestyles could lead to reduced traffic congestion, lower emissions, and improved air quality.

  • Promoting alternative transportation options can improve accessibility and affordability of transportation for individuals without cars.

  • The trial results can inform policy decisions and urban planning initiatives aimed at reducing car dependency.


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