U/L App Collusion

UberAdrian

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I’ve been noticing this for a long time but it’s getting ridiculous now. I’ll have both apps on, no ping long time. Then one of them pings me, and magically a second or two later the other one pings me too.

They are either straight colluding and only faking at being competitors or they are monitoring each others’ apps (listening for the ping sound or whatever) and trying hard to keep you from working for the other side. Happens way too often to be any kind of coincidence.
 

PioneerXi

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It’s not that I don’t believe this,
And it’s not that it hasn’t happened to me.

However,

Personally, I’d like to see some evidence before laying the claim. Give me something to substantiate it - tables, numbers, etc, and let me look at it. I may have something which strengthens your claim.

My $0.02.
 

Taksomotor

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I’ve been noticing this for a long time but it’s getting ridiculous now. I’ll have both apps on, no ping long time. Then one of them pings me, and magically a second or two later the other one pings me too.

They are either straight colluding and only faking at being competitors or they are monitoring each others’ apps (listening for the ping sound or whatever) and trying hard to keep you from working for the other side. Happens way too often to be any kind of coincidence.
Another ant is discovering probability at work :smiles:
 

VanGuy

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The phone is always listening so it's not a stretch to believe that the app will respond to a ping noise from the other app to try and lure you with a better offer.
 

FLKeys

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Or maybe multiple people are leaving at the same time and some are using Lyft while others are using Uber????

I have been running both apps since late July 2018 and I have only revived pings on both apps 3 times in all that time. All 3 times were very busy days. I really don't think either company wants to prevent drivers from working both apps, in fact Florida specifically has a law in place from them preventing you from working both companies.

I guess anything is possible who really knows.
 

Taksomotor

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The phone is always listening so it's not a stretch to believe that the app will respond to a ping noise from the other app to try and lure you with a better offer.
It is such a stretch that you cannot even imagine how stupid that would be to even suggest that.
 

Friendly Jack

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I’ve been noticing this for a long time but it’s getting ridiculous now. I’ll have both apps on, no ping long time. Then one of them pings me, and magically a second or two later the other one pings me too.

They are either straight colluding and only faking at being competitors or they are monitoring each others’ apps (listening for the ping sound or whatever) and trying hard to keep you from working for the other side. Happens way too often to be any kind of coincidence.
This happens to me quite often, but the vast majority of times it occurs when I am just starting driving for the day. I turn on both apps within a few seconds of each other... no pings, sometimes for several minutes... as soon as one ping comes in the other app pings also, almost immediately, before I even have a chance to respond to the first request.

If it isn't just coincidence I would expect that one of the requests (the second?) would be quite a bit farther away from the other, as it would be the best opportunity request possible in response to the other. As in "Gee, Uber just pinged him, let's (Lyft) give him the closest available request we can." I have noticed, however, that most times both requests are reasonably similar in terms of distance (and, no, not the same requester) and this leads me to believe that it is just coincidence.
 

Taksomotor

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Well then, I will consider myself told.
It was NOT against you, it was against that theory. I meant no offense.

Coincidences is how the real probability works. People wpuld tell you that random spreads evenly, but it is a misconception. It is even over a long period of time and a very large sample, but in observable reality random things happen in a cluster. Almost always. Ask any manager in a store. They will tell you, that customers always come in packs. One min there are 20 people on line, next minute the lines are empty. Even when there no particular peak hours or events. Random things happen in clusters, not spread evenly through time.
 

VanGuy

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I get that analogy as I used to own a little convenience store. On the other hand, listening to all the crap that Uber has pulled over the years with fake apps, hidden apps, and algorithms and policies based on stealing drivers from the competition, having the app try to screw the competition by sending you a ping when you just got one from the competition to keep drivers from serving the competition doesn't seem unthinkable.
 

Taksomotor

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I get that analogy as I used to own a little convenience store. On the other hand, listening to all the crap that Uber has pulled over the years with fake apps, hidden apps, and algorithms and policies based on stealing drivers from the competition, having the app try to screw the competition by sending you a ping when you just got one from the competition to keep drivers from serving the competition doesn't seem unthinkable.
But all tgose stories are lies. People dont understand software, and they come up with their uneducated explanations how it was done, and it turns into legends retold and twisted by other story tellers. Same way how people could not understand science and came up with God to explain everything.
 

loophole

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I’ve been noticing this for a long time but it’s getting ridiculous now. I’ll have both apps on, no ping long time. Then one of them pings me, and magically a second or two later the other one pings me too.

They are either straight colluding and only faking at being competitors or they are monitoring each others’ apps (listening for the ping sound or whatever) and trying hard to keep you from working for the other side. Happens way too often to be any kind of coincidence.
I've noticed it too, I've tried tricking each one with the saved sound effect I downloaded for each app and it doesn't set either off. Meaning they are actually monitoring the app itself somehow.
 

Fozzie

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I've actually experienced what the OP described. I'll drop off at the airport, then head towards home. 20-25 minutes with no pings. As soon as I get an Uber ping, and before I can even accept/decline it, I get a Lyft ping too. The Uber ping is almost always first, with the Lyft ping usually within 1 second of it. (and often popping up in front of the Uber ping info) At first I thought it was just coincidence, but this has happened way too many times to be a coincidence.
 

May H.

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I’ve experienced this. Keep both apps switched on and requests don’t come on. Then after a while both apps send a request at almost the same time...too fast to switch one off. Now I just alternate.
 

Alantc

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I’ve been noticing this for a long time but it’s getting ridiculous now. I’ll have both apps on, no ping long time. Then one of them pings me, and magically a second or two later the other one pings me too.

They are either straight colluding and only faking at being competitors or they are monitoring each others’ apps (listening for the ping sound or whatever) and trying hard to keep you from working for the other side. Happens way too often to be any kind of coincidence.
When you get two pings at the same time and you accept one and the one you except cancel on you and you say damn I wanted the other one. But to me a ping is a ping it just happens you get pings from both at the same time, but i have wondered, the one i picked is the one i preferred to take because they pay better than the other
 
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