New UBER service levels

ftupelo

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Howdy all you Formicidaes! On this episode of Frank talk with Frank Tupelo, I’d like to discuss a topic that is near and dear to all of our hearts - ant compensation. Many ants rightfully believe that compensation is insufficient to profitably cover operating costs. I think many ants also believe that if only the pax were aware of our dire straits they would be moved to support higher fares for their beloved ants. Now, of course, our pax are able to supplement our meager pay through tips, but I would propose that UBER allow for the pax to make a statement by providing the opportunity for them the choose a fair fare. Below are some suggestions for new service levels:

*UBERsoc.: for the socialist Bernie Bros. The Bernie Bro himself would not pay a higher fare, but the fare on premium services like select and black would be raised to pay for a higher fare to the driver of the Bernie Bro. Not only would the driver be paid more, but it would also offset the cost to the Bernie Bro. Bernie Bro and driver will also be entitled to free healthcare, free college tuition, ants will be entitled to 12 months maternity and paternity leave, free childcare, free Obama-phones to get their pings on, and any other item that their heart desires - FREE!

*UBERcommie: for our fellow comrades. The city in which the ant operates would own and operate a fleet of cars. The ants can borrow the car free of charge and give rides. Fairs would be cheaper because the depreciation on the vehicle will fall to the city and taxpayers. Pay to the driver will vary depending on their connections to the local communist party - it'll be really sweet because merit/stars won't matter, it'll only be determined by corruption and connections. Pax will only be routed to communally owned cars, so reinvestment and upkeep on the vehicles will be awful, wait times may be much longer and your ant may never show up, but at least it will be shared misery.

*UBERwage: pax will be able to choose this fare if they believe ants should earn a living wage. The rate will be set at levels above where cabs used to be.

*UBER1%: for the occupy wall street crowd that believes the 1% bankers are responsible for all the worlds ills and if only the lowly ant were the 1% all would be made right. Rate will be set $10+/mile in order to ensure that the ant is in the top 1% of earners in their geography.

Any other service levels you would suggest?

Toodles,

Franky
 

ftupelo

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UberCo-op: The drivers own the company.
This is a great idea, but I supposed you are imagining a new platform outside of UBER that would be owned and operated by the ants? How do you suggest we fund the development of the new product, hire a team to manage and build it, etc.?
 

Pax Hack

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Instead of Uber it would be called Driver and it would be funded by pax who could get free or discounted rides for a length of time. The board of directors and management would be voted upon by drivers and each would get a limited term, like the president gets a 4 year term. Staff could be hired out of the driver pool. We have many very educated and experienced drivers from whom the positions could be filled. I have an MBA and a masters in psychology. Sounds like I'm management material or maybe Director of HR. lol
 

ftupelo

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Instead of Uber it would be called Driver and it would be funded by pax who could get free or discounted rides for a length of time. The board of directors and management would be voted upon by drivers and each would get a limited term, like the president gets a 4 year term. Staff could be hired out of the driver pool. We have many very educated and experienced drivers from whom the positions could be filled. I have an MBA.
And would the drivers be liable for funding losses just as I would assume they participate in profits. Ie. would the Ants split the $1B in annual losses that Lyft is generating?

I also foresee an issue in that no ants will strive to become management because we all know management is just a bunch of evil rotten elites trying to take advantage of and build a business on the backs of the completely virtuous ants, even if they are trying to make decisions that allow the company to continue as a going concern so that the ants remain employed. Or we could force management to only make decisions that benefit the ants directly in the short term and to hell with whether the platform remains viable and is alive next week?
 
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ftupelo

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UberGratis: would allow the Ant to provide rides free of charge as a community service. Would be particularly helpful on nights like new years eve.
 

oldfart

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I think Uber should be regulated like the taxis. A public service commission would set rates and permit requirements and limit the number of drivers. Kinda like the New York system.

Or a double auction system where riders make bids and drivers make offers until they meet in the middle like Hovit

What won’t work is what we have now , two companies offering the same service, each trying to gain market share. That becomes a race to the bottom
 

ZenUber

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It could be the greatest idea in the world. But you would still be competing with Uber and Lyft pricIng. As long as they are out there deceiving and taking advantage of new drivers, they are able to offer a lower price, and you can’t compete.
 

ftupelo

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I think Uber should be regulated like the taxis. A public service commission would set rates and permit requirements and limit the number of drivers. Kinda like the New York system.

Or a double auction system where riders make bids and drivers make offers until they meet in the middle like Hovit

What won’t work is what we have now , two companies offering the same service, each trying to gain market share. That becomes a race to the bottom
@oldfart Do you really want to go back to that world? U/L have done much more than just take share from taxi's. They have really created an entirely new industry that allows people to move around their cities like never before. Taxi's served a very small population to and from very few points of interest. I understand fares personally affect you, but you wish to turn back the clocks for the rest of society for your own personal gain. Many folks couldn't imagine a world that no longer offers this service and limiting the number of drivers and substantially increasing prices would do just that.
 

Fuzzyelvis

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Uberprofit: drivers are sent ALL details of rides before accepting and have enough time to digest the information before making a decision.

Plus the rates are set to 2014 levels and onboarding is only allowed when drivers vote in app to allow it. Exceptions made when a would be driver gets 5 drivers to approve them. No referral fees.
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Topless women get a ride for free
I thought we already did.
 

oldfart

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@oldfart Do you really want to go back to that world? U/L have done much more than just take share from taxi's. They have really created an entirely new industry that allows people to move around their cities like never before. Taxi's served a very small population to and from very few points of interest. I understand fares personally affect you, but you wish to turn back the clocks for the rest of society for your own personal gain. Many folks couldn't imagine a world that no longer offers this service and limiting the number of drivers and substantially increasing prices would do just that.
I think prices need to be high enough to cover a drivers costs and provide a living wage. I don’t care how we get there.

Maybe government subsidies
 

ftupelo

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I cant believe that the OP went out of his way to create this thread....bored much?
I’m here to advance the discussion on the most pressing issues affecting the ant community. One does not simply become a thought leader in this industry without subjecting their ideas to the scrutiny of the masses. I may not always be right, but even if I am wrong, I hope to have stimulated discussion and catalyzed alternative ideas. We cannot solve these crucial, and potentially cataclysmic, issues without progressive ideation and relentless sifting and winnowing through the best concepts from the best minds this profession has to offer.
 

DrSavelli

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UberKiddiePool - a new service, similar to Pooled rides, but exclusively for clients under the age of 2. A new solution for all those who cant afford childcare!

UberHighestBidder - when you are the only driver online in a certain area, riders are required to bid for your services. Ride goes to the highest bidder or most profitable ride (request shows final destination of course)!

UberHotel - A shared hotel situation in the driver's vehicle (home) after his shift ends. At prices this low, the hotel industry is clearly screwed!
 
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