Poor people are not renting anything for $5-$10 a day, they're buying a bus pass.
Exactly. "Riding the bus is for poor people, and we're not poor. Better off subscribing to UberAir for $200 a month. That way I might actually get a few hours to sleep while I catch a ride from my regular job to my night job."
And cars do not cost that much to buy or maintain. My total car-related expenses last year were $1056.
I'm with you there. My car is paid off and I spend maybe $30 a month on gas, plus insurance. But many people aren't like us. They have $250-300+ 3 year leases, or are paying $350 a month on a 10 year loan for their newest Super Heavy Duty Extra Wide body Crew Cab F-1000 (which they will probably trade in in 3 years anyway for the latest model, extending their loans even more). And they are paying for Gas, maintenance, and insurance on top of that. When you take all that into account, subscribing to a service for a couple hundred dollars a month saves them money.
Any transportation/self-driving car unicorn worth their IPO would be salivating over the opportunity to have both of those groups of people as customers.