Uber has been slowly rolling out its latest “trust me, I’m saving the world” product, this one a service that allows its Uber-taxis to pick up multiple passengers in serial fashion. Much like a commercial airport shuttle, strangers share part of the same ride and pay a reduced fare for just their part of the ride. It’s called UberPool, as in carpool, and CEO Travis Kalanick touted its alleged environmental and labor positives in a recent interview with the New York Times, saying that “reducing traffic was part of Uber’s mission.” If true, this is a welcome change from the CEO whose previously stated mission was to flood the streets with Uber cars to win his war for market share with Big Taxi and ridesharing competitor Lyft.
Uber driver Jason Dalton told one of his victims he wanted to ‘make America great again’ -Donald Trump’s famous campaign slogan – moments before he shot her dead, police reports say.
Dalton is charged with going on a shooting spree in Michigan last month, killing six and injuring two including a 14-year-old girl left in a coma after he shot her in the head.
The 45-year-old married driver had already shot three people during the rampage on February 20, when he arrived at the Cracker Barrel restaurant where victim Mary Lou Nye, 60, was visiting with Abigail Kopf, 14.
The New York Times’ Farhad Manjoo recently wrote an oddly lamenting piece about how “the Uber model, it turns out, doesn’t translate.” Manjoo describes how so many of the “Uber-of-X” companies that have sprung up as part of the so-called sharing economy have become just another way to deliver more expensively priced conveniences to those with enough money to pay. Ironically many of these Ayn Rand-inspired startups have been kept alive by subsidies of the venture capital kind which, for various reasons, are starting to dry up. Without that kind of “VC welfare,” these companies are having to raise their prices, and are finding it increasingly difficult to retain enough customers at the higher price point. Consequently, some of these startups are faltering; others are outright failing.
The author makes very good points about the illegal business practice Uber engages in:
FARGO—Uber arrived here almost a year ago. So what do drivers think about working for the ride-hailing service?
Fargo drivers say they like being able to work whenever they want, meeting interesting passengers and making some extra dough. But as with any job, there are downsides. Some drivers say it’s hard to make a living.
Source: Fargo Uber drivers talk pros and cons of the job | INFORUM
A former Uber driver from the San Diego area has successfully applied for unemployment benefits with the state of California, SF Weekly has learned.
NEW YORK — If anger sums up the mood of this election season, then some of it seems to have rubbed off on the city’s Uber drivers.
SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — Uber and Lyft drivers unhappy with their earnings and hours behind the wheel have protested recently, but now there’s a new problem – drivers are having trouble affording the expensive car leases offered through the rideshare companies.