Drive 2: The Uber Years

‘Drive’ would be very different if Ryan Gosling was an Uber driver

By on May 19, 2016 at 5:30 PM.

‘Drive’ would be very different if Ryan Gosling was an Uber driver

Drive is a great thriller movie with just the right amount of leather gloves and sex for a criminals. But what if Ryan Gosling were an Uber driver rather than a getaway artist for thieves?

That’s what this trailer for Drive 2: The Uber Years tries to explore. It’s made by Joey Thompson, a YouTuber with a surprisingly strong resemblance to Ryan Gosling. He does a stellar job of making fun of LA, Drive and vapers in the one four-minute trailer.

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Uber Self-Driving Car

This is Uber’s first self-driving car

By on May 19, 2016 at 9:16 AM.

This is Uber’s first self-driving car

Remember when Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said that Uber rides can be expensive because you’re paying for the “other dude in the car,” hinting that self-driving car technology would make the taxi-alternative service even cheaper? Well, Uber is indeed working on self-driving cars of its own, and we now have our first look at the company’s progress. More →

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Waze Ridesharing Carpool Option

Waze is testing a ridesharing program to take on Uber

By on May 16, 2016 at 4:00 PM.

Waze is testing a ridesharing program to take on Uber

Uber always calls its car-on-demand service “ridesharing,” mostly as a way to get around accusations of running an illegal taxi service. But what if an app that knew millions of people’s destinations started offering actual rideshares for cheap? Enter Google, via its insanely popular navigation app Waze.

Waze Carpool is brutally simple: anyone who wants a ride opens up the Waze Riders app (currently in an invite-only beta). They plug in their destination, and are then matched with any regular Waze user who is already going in that direction. Unlike Uber or Lyft, drivers don’t take requests — the app is the digital equivalent of carpooling to work with colleagues, not taking a taxi.

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Schedule Uber Future

New free app gives Uber users the most important feature they’ve been missing

By on May 10, 2016 at 10:57 AM.

New free app gives Uber users the most important feature they’ve been missing

Uber has been a game-changer. Not “game-changer” as in some random startup with an overpaid PR firm claiming its automatic cat feeder is a game-changer. We’re talking about a massively disruptive company that actually changed an entire industry and continues to do so. In areas where Uber is available, users simply open up an app and tell an Uber driver where to meet them. Then they take a ride and get out when it’s done without having to worry about making cash payments or fumbling with a POS system when they arrive at their destination.

There is one key feature that Uber has always been missing though, and now it’s finally available thanks to a great new free iPhone app. More →

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Uber Rates NYC

Here’s how Uber plans to kill buses

By on May 9, 2016 at 2:00 PM.

Here’s how Uber plans to kill buses

For right now, Uber is only focused on putting taxis out of business. But in the long run, the company wants to be the ultimate way to get from A to B, and that means challenging public transit like buses. A new option for $5 fixed-rate rides in New York City gives us a peek at how that might work.

UberPool is an existing option that allows multiple riders going to similar destinations to split the cost of a ride. What Uber is now offering in downtown Manhattan is a flat-rate version of the same. For rides starting and ending below 110th Street during rush hour, Uber will simply charge you a $5 flat rate. More importantly, that rate is fixed–no surge pricing. During the mornings, you’ll have to walk to a nearby intersection to get picked up, whereas on nights and weekends, you’ll get taken from door to door.

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When Will Uber End Surge Pricing

Uber surge pricing may soon be a thing of the past

By on May 3, 2016 at 7:00 PM.

Uber surge pricing may soon be a thing of the past

Great news for Uber passengers — a new report from NPR is claiming that the company is working to end the practice of surge pricing. Specifically, the report claims that Uber sees surge pricing as “a market failure” and “a problem to be solved” if it’s going to continue growing at its current torrid pace. More →

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Smart Touchscreen Mirror Uber

New smart bathroom mirror is a total game-changer

By on May 1, 2016 at 9:34 AM.

New smart bathroom mirror is a total game-changer

If you thought that the Google Now-ready smart mirror a Googler came up with not too long ago was the best possible bathroom mirror you could imagine, then your mind is about to be blown by an even cooler design. This new smart mirror can run a bunch of apps, and it can even hail Ubers for you when it determines that you’re late for work. More →

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Uber Pricing

Uber will hit you with a penalty if you get to your ride 3 minutes late

By on April 27, 2016 at 4:02 PM.

Uber will hit you with a penalty if you get to your ride 3 minutes late

The days of ordering an Uber and showing up outside to meet your driver whenever you feel like it may soon be a vestige of the past.  The popular ride-sharing service is reportedly planning to start charging riders a fee when they show up more than 2 minutes late to a scheduled pick-up.

Originally reported by TechCrunch, Uber has already begun implementing its new penalty scheme across a number of cities, including New York City, New Jersey and Dallas. The way it operates is rather simple: if a driver is forced to wait more than two minutes, the rider who ordered the Uber will have Uber’s standard per-minute rate added onto their final bill for each minute after the two-minute mark.

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Uber Price Fixing Class Action Lawsuit

Uber CEO to face class action lawsuit over price fixing

By on April 3, 2016 at 12:26 PM.

Uber CEO to face class action lawsuit over price fixing

Despite Uber’s best efforts, the ridesharing company was unable to persuade a U.S. District Court judge to dismiss a pending class action lawsuit against company CEO Travis Kalanick over price fixing allegations. According to the suit, Kalanick, through the use of the Uber algorithm which determines rates and surge pricing charges in real-time, effectively conspired with the company’s army of drivers in an elaborate price fixing scheme.

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Drunk Uber Passenger

Drunk Uber passenger falls asleep, driver takes him on a 20-mile detour

By on March 31, 2016 at 11:27 PM.

Drunk Uber passenger falls asleep, driver takes him on a 20-mile detour

Ordering an Uber is a great way to get back home safely when you’ve had a little bit too much to drink. Unfortunately, if you get too drunk and just so happen to pass out in the backseat of your Uber, you’re effectively at the mercy of your driver. While we’d like to assume that most Uber drivers in such situations would take drunken passengers straight home, one Uber passenger in the U.K. had the exact opposite experience.

In a quirky story that has made headlines across the globe (via CNN), an Uber rider in London passed out in the backseat whereupon the driver decided to test his luck and take advantage of the situation. So instead of taking the inebriated passenger straight home in what would have been a quick and painless 4-mile journey, our enterprising hero of a driver instead opted to go on a 20-mile detour before ultimately reaching the intended destination, all in an effort to rack up a more expensive trip.

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Uber Vs Lyft

Need a ride? Clever website compares Uber and Lyft prices in real-time

By on March 30, 2016 at 8:15 PM.

Need a ride? Clever website compares Uber and Lyft prices in real-time

There’s no question that both Lyft and Uber completely changed the way we travel. Not only have both services made travel much cheaper, they’ve also made it much more efficient of a process.

Now on the surface, one might think that Lyft and Uber are practically the same, effectively the tech version of Coke and Pepsi. And while pricing between the two competing services is often similar, there are certainly times when one offers a much cheaper ride than the other. There may be instances, for example, when Uber is subject to surge pricing and Lyft is not, and vice versa.

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Ashton Kutcher Jimmy Kimmel

Watch Ashton Kutcher and Jimmy Kimmel compare their Uber pasenger ratings

By on March 29, 2016 at 10:20 PM.

Watch Ashton Kutcher and Jimmy Kimmel compare their Uber pasenger ratings

Appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live yesterday, A-list celeb Ashton Kutcher and Jimmy Kimmel decided to check their respective Uber ratings live on the air. While passenger ratings on Uber used to be a closely guarded secret that were only accessible via various hacks and work-arounds, the ridesharing company this past September finally made such information easily accessible.

Kutcher obviously didn’t show up to talk about Uber, but as one of the company’s early investors, it’s not at all surprising that the topic veered in that direction.

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