101 Iowa L. Rev. 405 (2015-2016)
Ridesharing in the Sharing Economy: Should Regulators Impose Uber Regulations on Uber

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Ridesharing in the Sharing Economy:

     Should Regulators Impose Uber

               Regulations on Uber?

                          Hannah  A. Posen*


ABSTRACT: Society   has changed dramatically in the years since the taxi
industry was first regulated. Innovation and technology in fields virtually
unknown   or unrealized 50 years ago have shaped consumer culture today,
and most consumers rely on the ease and accessibility of their smartphones to
get what they need and even to go where they need to go. Uber, a ridesharing
experience that allows users to request a car through a smartphone app, was
developed in the midst of this new consumer culture in which access to
commodities is more valuable than individual ownership and where people
value social interaction and the human experience. Unsurprisingly, Uber's
unforeseen growth across the country has created new competition in a taxi
industry that has been largely undisrupted since it began in the early 2oth
century. The taxi industry and many cities and states have responded by
demanding   that  Uber comply  with  already-existing taxi regulations,
including entry controls and price-fixing. This Note argues that in today's
sharing economy, the solution is not to force Uber to comply with outdated
regulations; rather, regulators should rely on experimental regulations for
safety, which will allow consumers to make their own choice of which service
they would like to use while ensuring their safety. Furthermore, by relying on
the use of experimental regulations, regulators will be able to evaluate the
effectiveness of the regulations as more information on these services becomes
available.


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   *   J.D. Candidate, The University of Iowa College of Law, 2016; B.A., Columbia University,
2013; B.A., The Jewish Theological Seminary, 2013. 1 thank the writers and editors of the Iowa
Law Review for their work on this Note and my family for their support.

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