It’s been about a decade since HBO aired the last episode of a show called Taxicab Confessions, in which passengers would share their deepest, darkest secrets with cab drivers. Although the show is gone, its spirit lives on in a recent Reddit thread, where Uber drivers were asked to recount the secrets they’d overheard while picking up and dropping off passengers.
One of the best or worst features of Uber is surge pricing. For drivers, it means higher payouts. For customers, it means knowing when to hail an Uber. However, Uber is about to move away from overt surge pricing, in favor of just showing upfront fares. More →
Although uberPOOL might be the most affordable way to reach your destination with Uber, it’s rarely the most expedient. That’s why Uber introduced the “Arrive By” feature for its carpooling service this week, which guarantees that riders will arrive at their destination by the quoted time or receive $2 off their next ride.
Forget about going to Walmart to pick up your groceries! Soon, the groceries will be coming to your door with an Uber or a Lyft. These are Walmart’s “convenient new ways” that help you shop easier than ever. More →
Drive is a great thriller movie with just the right amount of leather gloves and sex for a criminals. But what if Ryan Gosling were an Uber driver rather than a getaway artist for thieves?
That’s what this trailer for Drive 2: The Uber Years tries to explore. It’s made by Joey Thompson, a YouTuber with a surprisingly strong resemblance to Ryan Gosling. He does a stellar job of making fun of LA, Drive and vapers in the one four-minute trailer.
Remember when Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said that Uber rides can be expensive because you’re paying for the “other dude in the car,” hinting that self-driving car technology would make the taxi-alternative service even cheaper? Well, Uber is indeed working on self-driving cars of its own, and we now have our first look at the company’s progress. More →
Uber always calls its car-on-demand service “ridesharing,” mostly as a way to get around accusations of running an illegal taxi service. But what if an app that knew millions of people’s destinations started offering actual rideshares for cheap? Enter Google, via its insanely popular navigation app Waze.
Waze Carpool is brutally simple: anyone who wants a ride opens up the Waze Riders app (currently in an invite-only beta). They plug in their destination, and are then matched with any regular Waze user who is already going in that direction. Unlike Uber or Lyft, drivers don’t take requests — the app is the digital equivalent of carpooling to work with colleagues, not taking a taxi.
Uber has been a game-changer. Not “game-changer” as in some random startup with an overpaid PR firm claiming its automatic cat feeder is a game-changer. We’re talking about a massively disruptive company that actually changed an entire industry and continues to do so. In areas where Uber is available, users simply open up an app and tell an Uber driver where to meet them. Then they take a ride and get out when it’s done without having to worry about making cash payments or fumbling with a POS system when they arrive at their destination.
For right now, Uber is only focused on putting taxis out of business. But in the long run, the company wants to be the ultimate way to get from A to B, and that means challenging public transit like buses. A new option for $5 fixed-rate rides in New York City gives us a peek at how that might work.
UberPool is an existing option that allows multiple riders going to similar destinations to split the cost of a ride. What Uber is now offering in downtown Manhattan is a flat-rate version of the same. For rides starting and ending below 110th Street during rush hour, Uber will simply charge you a $5 flat rate. More importantly, that rate is fixed–no surge pricing. During the mornings, you’ll have to walk to a nearby intersection to get picked up, whereas on nights and weekends, you’ll get taken from door to door.
Great news for Uber passengers — a new report from NPR is claiming that the company is working to end the practice of surge pricing. Specifically, the report claims that Uber sees surge pricing as “a market failure” and “a problem to be solved” if it’s going to continue growing at its current torrid pace. More →
If you thought that the Google Now-ready smart mirror a Googler came up with not too long ago was the best possible bathroom mirror you could imagine, then your mind is about to be blown by an even cooler design. This new smart mirror can run a bunch of apps, and it can even hail Ubers for you when it determines that you’re late for work. More →
The days of ordering an Uber and showing up outside to meet your driver whenever you feel like it may soon be a vestige of the past. The popular ride-sharing service is reportedly planning to start charging riders a fee when they show up more than 2 minutes late to a scheduled pick-up.
Originally reported by TechCrunch, Uber has already begun implementing its new penalty scheme across a number of cities, including New York City, New Jersey and Dallas. The way it operates is rather simple: if a driver is forced to wait more than two minutes, the rider who ordered the Uber will have Uber’s standard per-minute rate added onto their final bill for each minute after the two-minute mark.