Worst Uber Drivers Ever

Uber driver crashes into cop car, then gets caught with weed in the glove compartment

By on January 18, 2015 at 9:21 AM.

Uber driver crashes into cop car, then gets caught with weed in the glove compartment

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 →

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Uber New Year's Eve Surge Pricing

You have no reason to whine about Uber’s New Year’s surge pricing

By on January 2, 2015 at 6:30 PM.

You have no reason to whine about Uber’s New Year’s surge pricing

I have my own criticisms of Uber and how it’s run but one of them is certainly not how it uses surge pricing during busy hours. Here’s why: When you request a ride through Uber, the app is completely up front about how much extra you’ll be charged if you choose to ride during busy hours. More →

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Uber Safe Ride Checklist

Uber offers tips for not getting sexually assaulted by its drivers

By on January 2, 2015 at 8:20 AM.

Uber offers tips for not getting sexually assaulted by its drivers

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 →

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Uber New Year's Eve Pricing

How to use Uber on New Year’s Eve without paying a fortune

By on December 30, 2014 at 1:45 PM.

How to use Uber on New Year’s Eve without paying a fortune

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 →

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Most Expensive Uber Rides

Woman passes out during Uber ride, wakes up with a $293 bill

By on December 15, 2014 at 12:55 PM.

Woman passes out during Uber ride, wakes up with a $293 bill

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 →

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Uber Drivers Sexual Harassment

Sleazy Uber driver propositions woman, Uber gives her $30 for her troubles

By on December 11, 2014 at 8:10 AM.

Sleazy Uber driver propositions woman, Uber gives her $30 for her troubles

Although driving services like Uber are definitely the future, it’s pretty safe to say Uber itself has some issues it needs to work out, such as how to deal with sleazy drivers who proposition their passengers. More →

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Uber Android App Spying Permissions

Uber’s Android app is reportedly collecting a huge amount of data without your knowledge [updated]

By on November 26, 2014 at 10:31 AM.

Uber’s Android app is reportedly collecting a huge amount of data without your knowledge [updated]

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 →

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Google Netflix Uber Vs. France

One country’s desperate battle to erase Google, Netflix and Uber from existence

By on November 24, 2014 at 5:20 PM.

One country’s desperate battle to erase Google, Netflix and Uber from existence

The French don’t play. Ever since Minitel bit dust, the continental power has been hopping mad about American domination of Internet services. And over the past weeks, attacks on U.S. giants have escalated from Paris to Lille. More →

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Cheap Uber Car App

How to make sure you never pay too much for an Uber ride again

By on November 11, 2014 at 2:34 PM.

How to make sure you never pay too much for an Uber ride again

As we’ve seen in the past, Uber can be a cheaper alternative to taxi cabs but you really have to watch out for surge pricing that occurs during peak driving hours when you may end up paying as much as seven times the average rate. While Uber does offer you a ride calculator to estimate how much your ride will cost, there now may be an even simpler way to make sure you don’t end up forking over an unexpectedly high sum of money on your ride. More →

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Most Expensive Uber Rides

This is how an 18-mile Uber ride cost one man $539

By on November 4, 2014 at 1:40 PM.

This is how an 18-mile Uber ride cost one man $539

Most people think of Uber as a cheaper and more convenient alternative to taxis… but that’s not always the case. Local Fox affiliate WGHP in Colorado reports that one Uber customer got charged a whopping $539 bill just for an 18-mile ride on Halloween night. And while this sort of massive charge sounds like it was a mistake, it turns out that it’s all part of Uber’s pricing scheme. More →

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What Is Working For Uber Like

Driver reveals what it’s really like to work for Uber, says it’s worse than you think

By on October 28, 2014 at 3:03 PM.

Driver reveals what it’s really like to work for Uber, says it’s worse than you think

Ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft have been gradually replacing taxis all over the country, but at what cost? We’ve seen the feuds between the two leaders in the emerging industry, we’ve seen taxi services attempt to stamp the services out before they could get a foothold in a new city, but how do the actual drivers feel about the latest transportation revolution? More →

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Uber Vs. Lyft Vs. San Francisco

Mobile apps are absolutely murdering San Francisco’s taxi industry

By on September 19, 2014 at 6:30 PM.

Mobile apps are absolutely murdering San Francisco’s taxi industry

San Francisco has been the ground zero for mobile apps that help people find car rides, and now the epic battle between Uber and Lyft is burning at its most intense in the Bay Area. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has just come out with statistics that demonstrate how rapidly and deeply the taxi industry has been affected: According to the new SFMTA director Kate Toran, the number of average trips per taxicab in San Francisco has plunged to 504 in this past July from 1,424 in March of 2012. This drop came despite the fact that rides from the airport remain a taxi industry monopoly. More →

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Lyft Vs. Uber Driver

Lyft: Uber employees have sent us over 5,000 ride requests that they’ve canceled at the last minute

By on August 12, 2014 at 12:55 PM.

Lyft: Uber employees have sent us over 5,000 ride requests that they’ve canceled at the last minute

Unsurprisingly, the battle between Lyft and Uber has spawned a host of dirty tricks. CNN reports that Lyft claims to have received more than 5,000 fake driver requests from Uber employees, who then subsequently cancel their requests just to make life more difficult for Lyft employees. In fact, Lyft claims that one would-be passenger has used his phone number to set up 22 different accounts that he’s used to singlehandedly order and cancel more than 1,800 rides. More →

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