The ideal was probably noble. Give people more options, save riders some bucks and provide people wanting to be their own boss a option. Unfortunately for many from what I read the driver is abused, absorbs all the variables in costs of operation and like any contractor has little say in the business of operation. Be aware you may operate your business, but you can't set rates, decline customers, or give yourself a raise. If Uber or Lyft decide to cut rates to get more customers. You pretty much are stuck with a pay loss. Sure I see a few people trying to crunch numbers and convince everyone you can make money. I suspect that in some areas you certainly can given rates, customer volume and type added charges. No doubt if everyone failed Uber would be no more. But eventually you begin to read more failures than success stories and for a person not to last a week or two is a telling sign that the driver suffers because of the rate competition. You can't succeed if your people in the field can't make money. A few success stories don't make for a successful company. I have been a contractor in the trucking industry and believe me when your own company sells you out for less profit just to get work. Your doomed to make it with that company. Even the successful people who claim on this forum to make good money with Uber or Lyft must realize the more popular it becomes the more the rates will drop. Even customers seem less than impressed overall with Uber or Lyft. Probably because you get what you pay for. Which for some cheap is worth it even for less than stellar service. But for others they gripe about slow pick ups, cancelled rides, rude drivers, and lousy vehicles. Well folks, you get what you get when your cheap. Looking over the Uber site I see very little pertaining to helping the driver. Its all about the customer but in fact, a satisfied driver makes a world of difference with customers. When a driver has a job they can feel good about and brings home a decent paycheck which doesn't all go back into the business or taxes, they are better drivers. Until Uber balances customer needs vs a good driver career. The service will get worse as most drivers quit or get disgruntled over conditions.