Ride-sharing app Uber serves riders in low-income New York City neighborhoods twice as fast as taxis while being no more expensive, according to a new analysis published Monday.
BOTEC Analysis, a consulting firm, sent riders out in poor Queens and Brooklyn neighborhoods to test Uber's cheap ride-sharing option, UberX, versus taxis and livery cabs.
The test found that the average wait time for an UberX car was five minutes, versus 10 for taxis.
That result was similar to the one found in an analysis of Uber in Los Angeles that the same firm released this week. The Los Angeles study found that Uber was also half the price of taxis.
The method of analysis in New York found no statistically significant different in trip cost between UberX and taxis, at $12.27 and $13.36, respectively, for the same route.
Both studies were commissioned by Uber. Uber did not have a say in publishing the results of the second analysis, according to BOTEC.
The New York City analysis also had fewer observations in order to expedite the results for a showdown this week between Uber and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who had planned to put a cap on the number of Uber drivers in the city.
Uber's clash with the outspokenly liberal de Blasio has become a major test of the political viability of the still-new technology. De Blasio, with the backing of taxi companies, has criticized Uber as a faceless corporation benefiting billionaires. Uber advertised against de Blasio within its app, and also saw celebrities come to its aid on social media.
The de Blasio administration dropped its plans for slowing Uber's growth earlier this week.
Instead, the city will conduct a four-month study on the effects of the influx of UberX and other ride-sharing companies on the city's traffic.
The BOTEC analysis did not study some key questions raised by Uber critics, such as how racial minorities are served by the app or its effects on service for disabled people.