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This week, Tampa’s Dash ride-share will launch on downtown streets using bright yellow Tesla SUVs.

According to a news release, Dash (Downtown Area Shared Hubs), will begin picking up passengers at 20 locations on Thursday with a full-time daily schedule beginning on Friday with limited hours.

Passengers can arrange rides that cost $2 each by logging onto the Dash app through the app store on their iPhones. The Downtown Core, Downtown River Arts Neighborhood Association, Channel District, Water Street, Encore, West River, and Tampa Heights are the seven communities in downtown where the app will locate the closest hubs.

Up to four passengers can travel together using the app. The service is expected to be used for places like lunches, meetings, sightseeing, errands, and events, according to the developers.

According to the Tampa Downtown Partnership, a nonprofit organization that maintains the downtown area under a contract with the city, the all-electric Tesla automobiles will be driven by “driver-ambassadors” who have received guide training. Through the app, users can also request a wheelchair-accessible van.

Untitled-design-83-200x300Dash will only be available Thursday from noon till 11 p.m. Regular hours are anticipated to start on Friday. Service will be available Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 9 p.m.

Our Tampa Rideshare Accident Attorneys at Whittel & Melton represent individuals hurt in collisions involving rideshare drivers. Whether a negligent rideshare driver caused an accident that wounded you or you were physically victimized by an assault or robbery, we can assist you in seeking damages from the responsible parties.

Tips for Safe Ridesharing

To ensure your safety when using ridesharing services like Uber, Lyft, and now Dash, we suggest following the tips below:

  • Verify that the make, model, color, and license plate number of the car match those shown in the ridesharing app before getting in.
  • Verify the driver’s rating and stay away from hiring anyone with a rating of less than 4.5.
  • Ride in the back seat if possible, and always buckle your seatbelt.
  • Prior to using a ridesharing service, refrain from drinking heavily.
  • Sending a text message or sharing your location with others is a good idea so that others know what your plans are.
  • Do not divulge any private information to a driver, like your address, phone number, or any travel plans.
  • Make sure the driver is on the right path to your destination by being attentive of your surroundings. Use a GPS app on your phone to track the path if you are traveling in an unfamiliar location.
  • Avoid traveling alone in a car with a driver and try to travel in groups if you can.

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A new rideshare service called ‘DASH’ is projected to launch in downtown Tampa starting in October where you can request a Tesla ride from a professional driver for just a few dollars.

DASH stands for Downtown Area Shared Hubs and will be managed by the Tampa Downtown Partnership, a private nonprofit comprised of businesses and groups working to improve Tampa’s downtown.

An app will be available for riders to request a DASH ride between more than 20 hub locations in downtown Tampa neighborhoods.

Interim Tampa Downtown Partnership President Shaun Drinkard stated that drivers will also be educated as tour guides. They will apparently have information on what is going on around town and will be enthusiastic ambassadors ready to educate riders on the city of Tampa.

Drinkard stated that the idea is to make fast journeys around Tampa easier and less expensive than other ride-sharing services such as Uber. The goal of this operation is for short runs, like if it is raining or too hot to get to your car parked on the other side of downtown or to a nearby restaurant where you have reservations.

The vehicles will be Model Y Tesla’s that have been painted yellow to stand out and for security purposes. The Model Y is a zero-emission, all-electric vehicle, making it a green mobility alternative.

Locations, pricing, and operating hours will be revealed in the following weeks. The service is set to go live in October.

Serious Injuries and Fatalities from Model Y Tesla’s

Untitled-design-49-200x300While the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the 2021 Tesla Model Y 5-Seat SUV a 5-star overall safety rating, reports suggest that these vehicles have been involved in multiple major injury and fatal collisions. Among the most recent disastrous collisions with the Tesla Model Y are:

  • A North Carolina student suffered serious injuries in a pedestrian collision involving a 2022 Tesla Model Y on March 16, 2023. The incident apparently occurred after Tesla failed to stop for a stopped school bus. The student was flown to the hospital by air ambulance for treatment of life-threatening injuries. The motorist was arrested on suspicion of reckless driving and passing a stopped school bus.
  • Two people were killed on June 14, 2023, when their 2021 Tesla Model Y slammed into a tree in Santa Clara, California. The incident was described as a single-vehicle collision that occurred near Forbes Avenue on the San Tomas Expressway. Unfortunately, a 44-year-old woman and her 12-year-old daughter were killed in the crash.
  • Two people were killed in an automobile collision on Highway 26 near milepost 10 in Clatsop County, Oregon, on May 28, 2022. A 2020 Tesla Model Y allegedly lost control and collided with a Hyundai Tucson in the approaching lane. According to Oregon State Police, both drivers died as a result of the accident.

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