It’s no secret that Uber is interested in cutting costs by replacing current cars with smart self-driving cars in the future. And it looks like the first self-driving cars from Google will not be the only ones performing test drives in the U.S., as Uber is also experimenting with this nifty technology. More →
To make $90,000 a year, an UberX driver would have to work “27 hours a day, 365 a year.” That’s what one reporter learned after going undercover as an UberX driver to see whether the company’s income claims could be verified in real life. After 100 rides, she concluded that she would need to work 10 hours per day for six days each week, and take just one week off each year, to make about $30,000 annually before taxes.
That’s a third of what Uber claimed is the median income for UberX drivers in New York City. More →
It’s no secret that Nokia’s Here mapping service is for sale, with the Finnish company having received various bids from third-parties interested in the maps and navigation business. Google, Apple, Microsoft and Facebook have been rumored to be among the interested companies. Similarly, a consortium of German automakers, including BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz, are also looking to purchase Here. Finally, Uber, a popular taxi service in many countries, is also looking to acquire Nokia’s maps division. More →
After a Motherboard report in March said that details for at least some Uber accounts had been accessed by hackers who were selling them online for as little as $1, the publication is back with a followup to the story. Now, it looks like American Uber customers have been targeted by hackers, who may have obtained access to some accounts. More →
Uber definitely has its issues but we should nonetheless be happy that it’s opened up some more competition for personal transportation services. Many taxi moguls, however, are not pleased by the additional competition since it’s cut into their profits by considerable sums. However, we don’t think we’ve ever heard any of them go as far as Evgeny Freidman, a taxi fleet owner who told The New York Times recently that he’s deserving of an AIG-style government bailout. More →
Congratulations, former NYPD officer Patrick Cherry, your expletive-laden tirade and shameful abuse of power just cost you your job on the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force.
It’s 2015, and just about everyone has a smartphone. And of course, every smartphone has a camera. For most New York police officers, this is probably enough to make them think twice before ripping into an Uber driver while he has two passengers in the back of his car. Actually, most New York Police officers probably aren’t hateful racists on a power trip, so it’s not even an issue.
And then there’s Detective Patrick Cherry. More →
On Tuesday, I made a significant breakthrough in my quest to never have to leave my home again. Things like Amazon Prime, Trunk Club and unlimited on-demand entertainment from Netflix and my pay TV provider have played a huge role for years. But now I have found a new service I can rely on to take things to the next level: Uber Rush. More →
Hackers may have hit Uber and stolen user account details including log-in credentials, full names, the last four digits of credit card numbers and telephone numbers, Threatpost reveals, although the next-generation taxi service is denying the report. The scariest part is that an Uber account can seemingly be bought for as little as $1 on underground forums. More →
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.