This is the third Simpsons to open as a Hanna-Barbera parody. The opening is parodying "The Jetsons" theme song. Other episodes to have Hanna-Barbera opening parodies are: "Marge vs. the Monorail", Homer leaving work a la Flintstones and "When You Dish Upon a Star", Homer dreams him, Bart and Ned Flanders are Yogi Bear, Boo-Boo Bear and Ranger Smith. Homer even quotes George Jetson's line: "Stop this crazy thing." Instead of "Jane," he says "Marge."
Bender from "Futurama" appears in "The Jetsons" opening parody at the start of this episode.
Bart has a hat that is similar to Ash hat from Pokemon.
This episode plot is very similar to the Uber App polemic, an app that allows normal drivers to carpool, wich was seen as unwanted competition by taxi companies. This caused massive protests and even attacks to people who get any profit using this app, similar to how the taxi drivers wanted to attack Marge because of her carpooling service.