Want to find the cheapest way to travel? Uber would love for you to think it almost always offers the lowest prices, although there are regularly cases when taking an old-school taxi is the better way to go. Technology Review draws our attention to a new app called OpenStreetCab that uses real-time data to determine when Uber rides are cheaper and when taxis are cheaper so you’ll always know the best option for a low-cost ride. More →
Technology blogs toss around the word “disruption” so frequently that in most cases, it has lost all meaning. Where Uber is concerned, however, the company’s on-demand car service is nothing short of disruptive. It’s a complete game-changer that has taxi companies up in arms, and for good reason: Uber is better and smarter.
As is always the case with true disruption, plenty of companies are chasing Uber in an effort to get in near the ground floor. Some will flourish and others will ultimately fail, but consumers stand to benefit along the way. Case in point: Gett. More →
It seems like every time we see headlines about Uber drivers, it’s about them allegedly ripping off customers, committing sexual assault or crashing into cop cars and then getting busted for having drugs in the glove box. But we should remember there are plenty of honest and decent Uber drivers out there who shouldn’t be tarnished by the actions of a few high-profile criminals. Business Insider brings us an example of one such Uber driver who returned a passenger’s driver’s license, credit card and other important items after she left them in the car. More →
As anyone who has used Uber before knows, the service’s Android and iPhone apps give customers the opportunity to rate their driver at the end of each ride. What some people might also know but many others are unaware of, however, is that Uber employs a similar rating system for passengers as well.
When you get out of your Uber car at the end of your ride, your driver’s app also pops up a message asking him or her to rate you as a passenger. Those secret ratings can be extremely important, and now there’s a surprisingly simple way to find out your passenger rating. More →
A running joke in the tech community is to poke fun at all of the new startups that claim to be “an Uber for X,” where “X” is anything from pet grooming to prostitution. Well Google, which is already a major investor in Uber, is supposedly developing a ride-sharing program of its own that integrates its self-driving cars venture — that’s what Bloomberg is saying, at least, suggesting there’s plenty of concern at Uber over Google’s future plans.
For the past several months, Uber has been beset by significant controversy thanks to the alleged criminal behavior by some of its drivers, including multiple drivers who have been arrested for sexual assault. And late last week, an Uber driver in Minnesota further embarrassed the company after he first crashed into a police vehicle and then subsequently got caught having marijuana in the glove compartment. More →
Uber has been taking some heat lately for alleged bad behavior by some of its drivers, including two arrests for sexual assault in the last two months. The Chicago Sun Times reports that the company is now trying to help its customers avoid such experiences by adding a safety checklist to its app that offers tips passengers should follow to make sure they don’t find themselves in a bad situation. More →
We’ve seen from recent history that late nights, high alcohol consumption and Uber rides can be a deadly cocktail for your wallet. This is because intoxicated people who order an Uber late at night might not realize that they’re about to get hit with huge surge prices since they’re getting rides during peak hours. These surge prices figure to be even more brutal on New Year’s Eve when Uber will raise up their drivers’ rates to astronomical levels to give them an incentive to work instead of party and to help meet what will be a massive increase in demand. More →
If you decide to use Uber, you should always make sure you’re both sober and fully awake. Gothamist brings us the story about one New York woman who took an Uber ride home from a holiday party last week and who passed out on the way home because she was “feeling ill and tired.” When she woke up, she found that she’d been billed $293 for the ride, which was supposed to have been a fairly short 4.8-mile trip but that mysteriously turned into a 14.5-mile journey while she was asleep in the backseat. More →
Uber has been recently hit by various controversies, and it looks like the company’s PR team will have one more thing to clean up: its Android application. According to a report from Joe’s Security Blog and a post on Y Combinato’r Hacker News further detailing the matter, the official Uber Android app might be spying on users, collecting various data that it shouldn’t have access to in the first place. More →