Seems Like a Waste

MHR

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Uber is destroying thousands of electric bikes and scooters, after selling its Jump business to Lime.

Videos of its red bikes being crushed at a recycling centre were shared on social media, angering cycling advocates.

Uber said it had decided to destroy thousands of its older-model vehicles due to maintenance, liability and safety concerns.

In the UK, Uber continues to operate Jump and has not scrapped any bikes.

A spokesman told the BBC the sale of Jump to Lime had not been completed in Europe, and that Jump continued to operate "as normal" in London.

In the UK, Uber continues to operate Jump and has not scrapped any bikes.

Cris Moffitt (@CrisMoffitt) Tweeted:
More keep rolling in and getting trashed.🚲🗑 Probably THIRTY semi loads🚚🚚🚚 or more so far ... #SenselessWaste #BikesForKids 👧👦 @UberJump https://t.co/ee3NmCP7If


Scrapped
In 2018, Uber said it would focus more on its electric bike and scooter business than on cars.

But on 7 May this year, Uber announced a deal that saw Lime take over the Jump bike business.

As part of the deal, Uber invested $170m (£139m) in Lime, while Lime acquired "tens of thousands" of Uber's Jump bikes - and the associated intellectual property.

Lime's chief executive Wayne Ting has said he prefers the design of Uber's bikes and will deploy more of them in the future.

However, there were also "tens of thousands" of older-model bikes that Lime did not inherit as part of the deal.

Videos shared on Twitter show the bikes arriving at a recycling facility in North Carolina to be destroyed.

Disappointed charities and organisations suggested the bikes could have been donated to community groups, or sold to individuals to boost the uptake of electric bikes.

"Why not at least peel the decals [branding] off and sell the bikes to individuals?" Jon Orcutt of Bike New York, a non-profit group, told news site Motherboard.

"We explored donating the remaining, older-model bikes," Uber said in a statement.

"But given many significant issues - including maintenance, liability, safety concerns, and a lack of consumer-grade charging equipment - we decided the best approach was to responsibly recycle them."
 

tohunt4me

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Uber is destroying thousands of electric bikes and scooters, after selling its Jump business to Lime.

Videos of its red bikes being crushed at a recycling centre were shared on social media, angering cycling advocates.

Uber said it had decided to destroy thousands of its older-model vehicles due to maintenance, liability and safety concerns.

In the UK, Uber continues to operate Jump and has not scrapped any bikes.

A spokesman told the BBC the sale of Jump to Lime had not been completed in Europe, and that Jump continued to operate "as normal" in London.

In the UK, Uber continues to operate Jump and has not scrapped any bikes.

Cris Moffitt (@CrisMoffitt) Tweeted:
More keep rolling in and getting trashed.🚲🗑 Probably THIRTY semi loads🚚🚚🚚 or more so far ... #SenselessWaste #BikesForKids 👧👦 @UberJump https://t.co/ee3NmCP7If


Scrapped
In 2018, Uber said it would focus more on its electric bike and scooter business than on cars.

But on 7 May this year, Uber announced a deal that saw Lime take over the Jump bike business.

As part of the deal, Uber invested $170m (£139m) in Lime, while Lime acquired "tens of thousands" of Uber's Jump bikes - and the associated intellectual property.

Lime's chief executive Wayne Ting has said he prefers the design of Uber's bikes and will deploy more of them in the future.

However, there were also "tens of thousands" of older-model bikes that Lime did not inherit as part of the deal.

Videos shared on Twitter show the bikes arriving at a recycling facility in North Carolina to be destroyed.

Disappointed charities and organisations suggested the bikes could have been donated to community groups, or sold to individuals to boost the uptake of electric bikes.

"Why not at least peel the decals [branding] off and sell the bikes to individuals?" Jon Orcutt of Bike New York, a non-profit group, told news site Motherboard.

"We explored donating the remaining, older-model bikes," Uber said in a statement.

"But given many significant issues - including maintenance, liability, safety concerns, and a lack of consumer-grade charging equipment - we decided the best approach was to responsibly recycle them."
View the FUTURE !

SELF DRIVING CARS
 

backstreets-trans

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When you keep wasting a few million here and a few million there it adds up. Uber has lit more money on fire then any start up in history. Maybe they should redesign their logo for the fourth time. Now trashing a few million in bikes seems normal to them. I think their total losses is close to 15 billion since they started. Where has all this money gone???
 

tohunt4me

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When you keep wasting a few million here and a few million there it adds up. Uber has lit more money on fire then any start up in history. Maybe they should redesign their logo for the fourth time. Now trashing a few million in bikes seems normal to them. I think their total losses is close to 15 billion since they started. Where has all this money gone???
REDISTRIBUTION.
 

KevinJohnson

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They did the same thing here. We had two bike companies Ofo and Spin.
Bicycles everywhere on every corner. Nine months later they all went to the auto junkyard. Wish I could have snagged 2 or 3 for parts.
 

_Tron_

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And that's the part I don't understand. Then again I'm not an attorney.
This won't be a popular opinion but it was likely done for liability reasons, just as Uber stated. We live in a litigious society. If Karen had picked up one of those donated bikes, had the brakes fail when she drove it downtown and got run over by a bus, an attorney would have popped out of the woodwork to give his business card to her family, urging them to "do the right thing". Use your imagination what would happen next.

Same thing happened with an early electric car built by GM in the 90s. The EV-1. GM could not get the cost to produce the car below $150,000 per vehicle so they stopped production. They recalled the leased EV-1s in the wild and destroyed them. Heartbreaking, absolutely F'ing heartbreaking, (the car was even cuter than these bikes), but if they had given in to the lessees and sold them the cars for the $35K "sticker price", with no source for spare parts, sooner or later that altruistic move would likely have come back to bite them right in the Petunia patch. The majority of the public familiar with the EV-1 saga do not understand this.
 

The Gift of Fish

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Uber is destroying thousands of electric bikes and scooters, after selling its Jump business to Lime.

Videos of its red bikes being crushed at a recycling centre were shared on social media, angering cycling advocates.

Uber said it had decided to destroy thousands of its older-model vehicles due to maintenance, liability and safety concerns.

In the UK, Uber continues to operate Jump and has not scrapped any bikes.

A spokesman told the BBC the sale of Jump to Lime had not been completed in Europe, and that Jump continued to operate "as normal" in London.

In the UK, Uber continues to operate Jump and has not scrapped any bikes.

Cris Moffitt (@CrisMoffitt) Tweeted:
More keep rolling in and getting trashed.🚲🗑 Probably THIRTY semi loads🚚🚚🚚 or more so far ... #SenselessWaste #BikesForKids 👧👦 @UberJump https://t.co/ee3NmCP7If


Scrapped
In 2018, Uber said it would focus more on its electric bike and scooter business than on cars.

But on 7 May this year, Uber announced a deal that saw Lime take over the Jump bike business.

As part of the deal, Uber invested $170m (£139m) in Lime, while Lime acquired "tens of thousands" of Uber's Jump bikes - and the associated intellectual property.

Lime's chief executive Wayne Ting has said he prefers the design of Uber's bikes and will deploy more of them in the future.

However, there were also "tens of thousands" of older-model bikes that Lime did not inherit as part of the deal.

Videos shared on Twitter show the bikes arriving at a recycling facility in North Carolina to be destroyed.

Disappointed charities and organisations suggested the bikes could have been donated to community groups, or sold to individuals to boost the uptake of electric bikes.

"Why not at least peel the decals [branding] off and sell the bikes to individuals?" Jon Orcutt of Bike New York, a non-profit group, told news site Motherboard.

"We explored donating the remaining, older-model bikes," Uber said in a statement.

"But given many significant issues - including maintenance, liability, safety concerns, and a lack of consumer-grade charging equipment - we decided the best approach was to responsibly recycle them."
What's crushing a few million more dollars of investor cash, in addition to the billions that have already gone up the chimney.
 

Amos69

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What's crushing a few million more dollars of investor cash, in addition to the billions that have already gone up the chimney.
Those bikes were garbage to begin with! Anyone who actually rides a bike knew that already. Heavy, Clunky, non-Ergonomical, Pieces of low grade sh!t.

I doubt anyone would have bought them, and if they just left them for the disenfranchised and homeless, they would have become rusty pieces of metal strewn around playgrounds, Parks and sidewalks as they broke.

Destroy them they must.

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Mista T

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Can't manage bikes and scooters, but going to pioneer SDC!!!

'Hey Dara, another one of our SDCs killed someone. Looks like a software malfunction in the Volvo line. What should we do?"

Dara: "Better scrap the whole line. Send all the Volvos to the junkyard."

"Uh, should we try and salvage any parts?"

Dara: "Thanks for reminding me. Make sure your entire department is on the Zoom call tomorrow."
 

tohunt4me

Well-Known Member

Uber is destroying thousands of electric bikes and scooters, after selling its Jump business to Lime.

Videos of its red bikes being crushed at a recycling centre were shared on social media, angering cycling advocates.

Uber said it had decided to destroy thousands of its older-model vehicles due to maintenance, liability and safety concerns.

In the UK, Uber continues to operate Jump and has not scrapped any bikes.

A spokesman told the BBC the sale of Jump to Lime had not been completed in Europe, and that Jump continued to operate "as normal" in London.

In the UK, Uber continues to operate Jump and has not scrapped any bikes.

Cris Moffitt (@CrisMoffitt) Tweeted:
More keep rolling in and getting trashed.🚲🗑 Probably THIRTY semi loads🚚🚚🚚 or more so far ... #SenselessWaste #BikesForKids 👧👦 @UberJump https://t.co/ee3NmCP7If


Scrapped
In 2018, Uber said it would focus more on its electric bike and scooter business than on cars.

But on 7 May this year, Uber announced a deal that saw Lime take over the Jump bike business.

As part of the deal, Uber invested $170m (£139m) in Lime, while Lime acquired "tens of thousands" of Uber's Jump bikes - and the associated intellectual property.

Lime's chief executive Wayne Ting has said he prefers the design of Uber's bikes and will deploy more of them in the future.

However, there were also "tens of thousands" of older-model bikes that Lime did not inherit as part of the deal.

Videos shared on Twitter show the bikes arriving at a recycling facility in North Carolina to be destroyed.

Disappointed charities and organisations suggested the bikes could have been donated to community groups, or sold to individuals to boost the uptake of electric bikes.

"Why not at least peel the decals [branding] off and sell the bikes to individuals?" Jon Orcutt of Bike New York, a non-profit group, told news site Motherboard.

"We explored donating the remaining, older-model bikes," Uber said in a statement.

"But given many significant issues - including maintenance, liability, safety concerns, and a lack of consumer-grade charging equipment - we decided the best approach was to responsibly recycle them."
They will do the EXACT SAME WITH SELF DRIVING CARS 1 DAY !
 

The Gift of Fish

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The best quote from this article, referring to Uber's lack of understanding of the transport industry:

"It is also something Uber could never understand, because it has always rejected the premise that it’s in the transportation business. It’s been telling itself and regulators since its inception it is merely a business-to-business software application so it can skirt employment regulations that would force it to make all of its drivers employees. But that deception became so ingrained in company culture that it conducted itself as a software company even when it was purchasing and fixing bicycles by the tens of thousands. On the most basic level, it’s impossible to succeed when you don’t know what line of work you’re in."
 
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