If you’ve ever looked at your receipt for an UberX ride, you might notice that the company charges you something called a “safe rides fee.” This fee covers the cost of everything associated with giving you a safe ride to your destination, including insurance, 24-hour support and background checks on prospective drivers. Ah yes. Background checks on drivers. Uber has shown itself to be awesome at those. More →
Uber tends to get a lot of flack but here’s a story that even the most ardent Uber detractor can get on board with. The ride-sharing company today announced a new initiative whereby it will send out AMBER Alerts to drivers who happen to be located in the vicinity of an abducted child. With over 160,000 Uber drivers (as of January 2015), the program is a smart way to leverage the ubiquity of Uber drivers for a great and important program.
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 →