The popular transportation app, Uber, has started to push its API and some of the changes to its terms has developers concerned.
The transportation app market has grown significantly to include more competition including Lyft, Sidecar, and Flywheel. With several transportation services in the market it makes sense for developers to produce apps that can leverage all of their services and find the best rates for the customers and drivers. Uber is challenging this competition head on by introducing new changes to its API’s terms and conditions that will make it very hard for developers to produce a cross-service app. From the new terms:
“You may not use the Uber API in any manner that is competitive to Uber or the Uber Services, including in connection with any application, website, or other product or service that also includes, features, endorses, or otherwise supports in any way a third party that provides services competitive to Uber’s products and services, as determined in our sole discretion.”
As one can see, if your app uses Uber it can only use Uber. This new change in their terms could produce some interesting results. Will developers flock to just using Uber, or will they band the competition together and produce a better service? Time will tell, and it will be interesting to see the outcome.
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