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The Platform Society$
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José van Dijck, Thomas Poell, and Martijn de Waal

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190889760

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190889760.001.0001

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Urban Transport

Urban Transport

(p.73) 4 Urban Transport
The Platform Society

José van

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Platformization affects the entire urban transport sector, effectively blurring the division between private and public transport modalities; existing public–private arrangements have started to shift as a result. This chapter analyzes and discusses the emergence of a platform ecology for urban transport, focusing on two central public values: the quality of urban transport and the organization of labor and workers’ rights. Using the prism of platform mechanisms, it analyzes how the sector of urban transport is changing societal organization in various urban areas across the world. Datafication has allowed numerous new actors to offer their bike-, car-, or ride-sharing services online; selection mechanisms help match old and new complementors with passengers. Similarly, new connective platforms are emerging, most prominently transport network companies such as Uber and Lyft that offer public and private transport options, as well as new platforms offering integrated transport services, often referred to as “mobility as a service.”

Keywords:   public transport, private transport, labor rights, Uber, Lyft, mobility as a service, transport network company

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