Amazon has kicked off a new pilot program meant to help deliver Prime Now packages even faster than before. Rather than relying on shipping companies to do delivery duty, the company is ready to hire regular people to deliver packages to its customers. Dubbed Amazon Flex, the program lets anyone with a smartphone and a car become a part-time driver for the huge retailer. More →
One of the smart things about Uber (and Lyft, for that matter) is that the ratings system goes both ways. Not only can passengers rate drivers, but drivers can also rate passengers. Not only does this incentivize drivers to be friendly and accommodating, but it also ensures that Uber can prevent users who are consistently unruly or threatening from using the service.
While every Uber passenger can see the rating of whatever driver happens to be picking them up, Uber has historically made it exceedingly difficult for users to find out how they themselves rank.
Most reasonable people would agree that the taxi industry for years has been in serious need of more competition. Where people disagree is whether Uber is the right company to disrupt transportation services. A new video from the team at Cracked acknowledges that the taxi industry really deserves to get pummeled by Uber while also explaining that Uber is “a terrible company run by maniacs.” More →
Security researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Vlasek made headlines last month when they hacked a Jeep while it was driving down the highway at 70 MPH. The willing target? Wired writer Andy Greenberg.
From a distance, Miller and Vlasek were able to control the Jeep’s vents, the radio, the windshield wipers, and more. Though the pair obviously didn’t do anything to put Greenberg’s life in danger, the hack gave them the ability to to control the Jeep’s entertainment system along with steering and braking controls.
Uber is a true game-changer that reimagines the way we travel on a daily basis. The service truly could not be any easier to use, and millions of people around the world rely on it each and every day. Of course, Uber is far from perfect, and one of the bigger complaints users have pertains to surge pricing.
Well, there’s a free app that will help ensure you never have to pay surge prices again. More →
When you fire up Uber and see a bevy of cars seemingly hovering around your location, many of the cars depicted on your screen may not even be anywhere close. As it turns out, there are times when the vehicle icons populating the Uber app on your phone may be nothing more than phantom cars meant to trick you.
So if you’ve ever wondered why you sometimes have to wait 10 minutes for a pick-up when there is seemingly an abundance of cars in your immediate vicinity, we finally have an explanation for you thanks to two new reports that surfaced this week.
Uber is an incredibly convenient, and often affordable way to get around a big city, but without an adequate vetting process, there’s always the risk that you’ll end up with a lunatic as your driver. Earlier this week, BuzzFeed shared the story of Anna Kealey, a 28-year-old Hackney resident who received an incredibly distressing voicemail after canceling her Uber ride. More →
After Uber poached 40 researchers and scientists from Carnegie Mellon’s National Robotics Center earlier this year, there was little doubt left that the somewhat infamous ride-sharing company was dead serious about autonomous driving. Meanwhile, Tesla Motors, led by the iconic and future-thinking Elon Musk, hasn’t been shy about its own feelings regarding autonomous driving. More →
When it comes to Uber, “game-changing” isn’t just a buzzword. The company is revolutionizing transportation and customers are loving every minutes of it. Well, almost every minute of it. Uber is obviously ruffling some feathers along the way as well, and the tension in Paris, France has reached its boiling point. More →
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 →