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Ride-sharing giant Uber will test a “new” technology in Colorado Springs: cash payments.
Drivers will start accepting cash Jan. 17 from riders, who still must use the smartphone application to seek a ride and will get any change as a credit to their Uber account, which can be cashed out through online cash service PayPal, Uber spokeswoman Taylor Patterson said Tuesday. The system will be gradually rolled out in other cities, she said.
Uber uses the cash system internationally in 150 cities. It is meant to appeal to customers who don’t have a credit or debit card or don’t want to use them through a smartphone application, Patterson said.
The San Francisco-based company is launching the option in Colorado Springs because the city is a "solid market" for Uber and company officials believe "a number of people here who have never used Uber who would benefit from a system like this, including...
Guy identified as an off-duty LEO.
Cancel / Do Not Charge Rider
Uber patented a light-up sign to go on top of cars
The patent was first filed in May 2014, but was only granted to Uber on January 3. It describes a light bar that sits on top of Uber cars, with a colour-changing section that can be controlled by the passenger’s app. The patent also describes how the entire bar could light up, and passengers could select different patterns.
It’s all meant to make it easier to identify which Uber is your car, and to show passengers the difference between an Uber and a regular car on the road.
Why It's Getting Harder for Uber to Break the Law
By Henry Grabar / SLATE 12.22.16
On Wednesday, an Uber spokesperson said, California stripped the registration from the autonomous Volvos that the company had put into service in San Francisco...
Uber has long flouted local laws until they could be bent to suit its operations or pre-empted in the statehouse. As the San Francisco case demonstrates, that posture gets harder to maintain as the company shifts from software to hardware. The days of Uber playing the outlaw startup are vanishing as the company acquires millions in...
BOSTON — During a recent ride with ride-hailing service Lyft in Boston, one of us struck up a conversation with the driver, Victor, about how he liked his job. His enthusiasm seemed genuine.
He talked the entire way to the airport about the glories of Lyft – about how it cared about its drivers and wasn’t just transactional, like its competitor, Uber. Lyft paid more, for instance. But not if you drove just a little, only if you logged nearly a full time job’s worth of hours. So naturally Victor was working for Lyft exclusively and reaping the benefits.
Lyft had Victor right where it wanted him. It had turned him into a “single homer,” as economists who study platform businesses would call him – a person who uses one service exclusively.
It’s where every platform business – services that connect users on two or more sides of a market, like Facebook (users and...
According to this article, Lyft/Uber drivers, and others in the "gig" workforce will suffer when President Trump begins dismantling (repealing) the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare), starting in late January.
How many of you have self-purchased health insurance, at an affordable price, thanks to "ObamaCare"?
Who would like to see ObamaCare bite the dust, because the premiums and/or deductibles are too high?
Personally, I'm not willing to pay +$600 a month for a Major Medical ObamaCare policy. So I just use the Veterans Administration for my minor medical needs. Hopefully they stay "minor". But, if I had expensive medical needs, I'd probably find a way to pay for the best plan available.
-Allen in Chicagoland
Reading the forums, I see a trend. A lot of drivers talk about tips like it's expected and riders are a-holes for not tipping. People talk about rating "non-tippers" low, which race tips or doesn't tip, comparing driving to waiting tables and so on...
When we sign up for Uber or Lyft, no where was it guaranteed, promised or even implied that we will be getting tips. Both apps show in their own way that tips are possible, with Lyft doing a little bit better job at that, but nothing out there points to the idea that we "deserve" to be tipped for just doing the driving.
I know about the expenses, and about all the ways Uber is screwing drivers, but I don't count on and don't expect tips, that way when I get them it's a nice surprise, I appreciate them, but don't get bent out of shape when I don't.
Where does this sense of entitlement is coming from?
I wonder were so many drivers used to work before uber, as me i worked 2 month as home health aid (giving care to the elderly) and i am 21 years old, already started looking for new better job, i hope i will give up driving uber before summer.
Very hard for health, back hurts, heart hurts, everything hurts after driving 16 hours a day
Quick question, curious what everyone else does. Say you arrive at a pick up. Pax is standing in driveway BS'ing with his buddies and smoking. He says just a minute while we finish smoking. Do you start the trip while waiting or wait until then enter the car to start the trip.
I've gotten a couple emails now, but it's pretty frustrating because cancelling usually isn't my fault. Usually the rider is taking forever and waisting my time or i can't f'n find them because they put the wrong location.
Another time I accepted a request, was driving to the rider, some idiot driver cut me off so I honked at him. Stuck in traffic in Santa Monica, he gets out all pissed off and throws his coffee at my windshield. I had to cancel and go get a car wash to even continue driving.
Other times, riders keep cancelling once I accept their ride, does that count toward our cancellations too??
Uber sucks ass.
In this new age of Uberization one of the world's most most vulnerable segments of society are being exploited by Uber a billion dollar hipster start up. Today's under employed, working poor and clueless are enticed by the promise of easy money "instant pay, up to five times a day". The driver App even has the nerve to support a link for Saving For Retirement but unless all Uber drivers are going to be vested in the companies IPO retirement is never going to happen.
What they don't tell you to earn the $547/week in fares! is that the depreciation of your vehicle to obtain this hefty sum will in many cases decrease the value of your vehicle more than the money you have earned. It's simple mathematics. To maintain an acceptable rating as a driver and earn enough after Uber takes its % and fees you will travel on average 1000 miles a week (this point can be argued but unless you are camping out at the airport for sixteen hours a day the numbers are legit +/-).
Well after two days of news articles bashing the increased traffic that the State approved TNC programs, aka FUBER and Lyft a new press release today. Those asked about my prophecy "The Final Countdown Begins," even I am surprised to see media release that modified autonomous cars will be on the streets of San Francisco soon. FUBER and Lyft will take all their Pool data to battle trying to keep the driver amounts as high as possible, but soon they will battle for just cars on the road. To coin a pharse from our NEW LEADER "YOU'RE FIRED."
I put on some 80s stuff. I've always been into 90s gangster rap but I don't want to play anything offensive. Then sometimes it goes to commercials. Do you avoid commercials?
So you ever prejudge an individual? Like for instance play rap for a young guy? Do u try to make the music fit their taste? I just want to know what is generally appropriate.
I had a nice, hardworking construction guy tonight in Abington going to Hanson. He said that because he doesn't have a license he uses Uber a lot to get to & from work when he needs to (often). However, he said that because his work is often in "remote" area (i.e.Abington) & his destination is also in a somewhat "remote" area (Hanson), he's annoyed that after he requests an Uber ride MANY TIMES the driver will call him & ask where his destination is! If they don't like what they hear, they cancel the trip. That's just not right. I hate to sound all goody-goody, but we're in the business of getting people to or from their destinations. Drivers shouldn't be calling potential passengers to see if the trip is "worth it". End of rant.
Back when I drove cab, every so often someone would call, just to ask if we could jump-start their cars. Naturally, there were all manner of reasons the cab company had a "NO WAY" policy. Risk of damage to radios, etc.
Now we're about to have the first really cold weather strike of this season. I'm thinking of carrying a separate battery and cables in the car. I figure the $5 cancellation fee plus $20 cash might be a good offer.
Anyone here provide a starting service? What do you think of the idea?
It gives me anxiety every time I read someone comment about it, but then I realize who cares??
I bought a 2013 Toyota Prius, 14.2k, with 50k miles. It's had previous structure damage so it's a car to dump in the trash when I'm done with it anyway.
It's not my dream car so I could care less, I'm 25 so I'll probably just keep it to have as a hybrid car for family roadtrips or something once I choose to buy a car I really want. Are a lot of people using brand new cars or something??
I was reading an article, http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11760148 on the possibility of Uber's rates increasing four times their current rates at some point.
The company is not profitable and as far as I'm concerned has billions in liabilities to investors. How can a company have a positive valuation when it will eventually have to repay investors and operates at negative cash flow?
What are your thoughts?
A man has died after being run over in the driveway of his Toowoomba home by an Uber driver bringing his wife home from a night out.
It appeared that the man, aged in his 40s, had fallen asleep in the driveway before the Uber arrived about 12.50am today, Senior Sergeant Jamie Deacon told Seven News.
"Tragically when they've entered the driveway they haven't been able to see him because of the camber and the slope of the driveway and he has been run over," Sgt Deacon said.
Paramedics were called to the Upper Flagstone Creek home but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.
Read more at http://www.9news.com.au/national/20...eep-in-toowoomba-driveway#UDgx1xoFDxQskFqX.99
I was shocked the other day to see the Uber logo outside what looked like a 2010+ Chevy Silverado (it had four doors). With the rates being as low as they are in my city ($0.75/mile), I can't figure out why this would be a profitable venture.
Last I checked, you can't get a truck via the Xchange leasing program. So this has to be their personal vehicle. And I wouldn't think such a vehicle qualifies for Uber Select.
So I wonder, do ya'll have Uber drivers in your cities that drive TRUCKS? Is this normal?
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