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Daily Notes - January 30, 2019

10:48 pm - Misleading info in Lyft app  

Early this morning, I got pinged for a Lyft pickup in Teaneck, NJ, just a few blocks from my current location.  The ride request pop-up stated "Long ride, 45+ minutes."  But when I started the trip, Google Maps estimated only 32 minutes to the destination.  Why the discrepancy? Maybe Lyft and Google are computing different arrival times for the same destination, but a thirteen minute difference on a thirty-two minute ride?  Something doesn't feel right.

I noticed the same issue with Uber - the ride request pop-up sometimes shows a trip estimate much longer than the actual trip.  Maybe both platforms are tricking the driver into accepting a ride they might otherwise reject, so they show "45+ minutes" knowing damn well it's only 32.  But this doesn't make sense, as some drivers will reject the trip because it's too long.

9:02 pm - Roadside inferno  

A little action out there today!  Driving home after my last drop-off, I recorded this video of the Marcal Paper Mill burning to the ground.  Last I heard, there were no injuries reported.  This is shot while driving east on Route 80 in Elmwood Park, NJ.



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