AsStibelDude

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  • Yeah, that's the worst when the rider claims we didn't pick them up.  It becomes purely about your word against her word.  God bless the webcam as it proves that the rider was on the car.



  • It's probably Uber. 

    Introducing UberNew.


  • I have always told people that, by driving taxis or Uber, you get a wide exposure to the general public, and you get to see the representation of who's out there.  I too have realized that the great majority of the world is made up of good people (restoring my faith) but there's the rest that have issues, whether they are assholes, rude, criminals, etc.  That subset will not go away as it's a societal thing.

    Being a driver teaches me so much about the demographics.  I can tell you the make up of society and attach a decent percentage. Who is gay, females, tall, business users, jerks vs. nice, etc.  I should start a log book and come up with stats.


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     2 weeks ago in  University of Michigan Research Study ($20 Gift Card)

    1-hour phone interview sounds intense though.


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     2 weeks ago in  What do you do with your time while you wait for the ping?

    I read heavily. For the first 6 months I started I was playing massive amounts of iPhone games. At first, it was a bunch of free games, then I started to reach out to those game where you spend money to buy upgrades and such.  Soon, I was spending $50 a day on stupid online currencies. Absolultely awful.

    So now I read. I read physical books, not even kindle or something. I stack the up on my passenger seat. I usually swap between Time magazine (that I subscribe to), non-fiction, fanasy, and one more which is some humor book. 

    I hadn't read in 20 years before this but now I read 100s of pages a day. I have engaging conversations with riders as a result. I should be taking business expense deductions on these books!


  • UberPool = Bad Ratings

    I am not sure if I'd say predominantly. However, there are plenty of factors for them leaving bad ratings and no factors for leaving good ratings.


  • Wow! They are that strict about this? I heard about the crack down at various airports but I thought that was more to do with pickup locations and not displaying the proper logos. 


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     1 month ago in  What's a typical passenger rating for Uber? Is 4.50 good?

    There’s actually a precedence where Uber will allow you to change your name or apply a nickname.  I’m not sure if this will apply to your scenario, but try asking them. 


  • Are the ads allowed on the external of the vehicle? Uber doesn't have rules around that, right?

    Then again, they souldn't have access to other sd


  • Uber and Lyft started offering this to selected drivers in selected markets. Some drivers with good history gets to see the destination for the reasons you gave.

    The whole reason it is hidden is so the drivers don't cherrypick their rides.  Cherrypicking is bad because certain riders will not be assigned to drivers. This was a big issue with taxis and I believe it is even illegal. Imagine when a rider wants to go to certain areas, say an area that are high in crime or places that are difficult to get to due to traffic. Sure, some drivers will still accept, but this additional confusion had to be discouraged to avoid massive confusion. (In Boston, taxicabs hate going to East Boston or parts of Southie. East Boston requires toll to get back, and Southie has rough areas.)

    While Uber and Lyft aren't mandated by city reguations, they are sensitive to this. The motivation may be more to do with customer service and for increased ridership.

    In any case, some Uber drivers are given this elevated status if their acceptance rate is good, i.e. no prior cherrypicking.


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     1 month ago in  Using Scammers at the Airport

    Oh, I know this one. I think. Are you referring to how a driver, when at the top of the airport queue, can keep re-entering the queue if the ride is cancelled or super short? 

     Not sure if that’s what you are referring to. I don’t think it happens when the cancel is initiated by the driver though. But maybe. 


  • THIS IS MESSED UP.  The man did what he was supposed to do.  It's his license and liability on the line!


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     1 month ago in  The revised Uber Surge System

    Huh.  I am curious as well.  Please report back if you figure it out.

    - UberPool maybe does NOT show the 45 minute+ because the ride may not have the subsequent pickups identified yet. So they basically don't know if it'll be 45min+, so they just don't tell you. I suppose if the first ride is asking for 45min+, they could tell you.  (After all the ride won't get shorter due to additional pickups.)

    I suppose it's possible Uber is trying to avoid false negatives, i.e. not showing the flag but the ride ends up being 45+.

    - I think I have seen the 45 min splash.  I use DF when I work downtown and need to go home to the suburbs.


  • I still haven't even gotten my beacon . the light up thingie.


  • What?  So we can’t see the how far the pickup is AND we can’t see where the rider is going?  They really don’t care about our schedules, do they?


  • Yes, I have had this happen to me before where the base fee (of which Uber takes 100% of) has changed on me.  At first I thought the rate went up from 2.00 to 2.10 and I assumed it was a change that was simply not announced. I called BS but since this is Uber, I just let it go and kept driving.

    Then I realized that the rate went down to 2.00 again...or did it?  I saw it in my earnings reports that most rides were 2.10 but some were still showing up as 2.00.  I too wrote Uber but never heard back.

    Later, the rate was officially updated to 2.10 (this is Boston btw).  I heard another driver tell me that Uber rolls out features and new pricing in phases so it must have been where I actually performed the pickups.  I have yet to see a pattern but I decided to not give it too much thought.


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     1 month ago in  New UBER APP Features

    You have to go look inside the website. https://partners.uber.com/login/


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     1 month ago in  New UBER APP Features

    Just had my answer featured above. See link and screentho.  It's only on the website.


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     1 month ago in  Acceptance rates in new app?

    I justed posted this elsewhere, but since this is the same question, I will re-post.

    It looks like you can no longer see the acceptance rates and cancellations in the new Uber mobile app.  To see the those Uber acceptance rate and cancellations, you have to log into the web dashboard, it will display the metrics there. (https://partners.uber.com/login/)

    This brings up a question whether Uber actually cares about these metrics anymore.  They obviously track it (as you can see it in web), but the fact that they have hidden it from app makes me think they don't care anymore.

    There was a court dealing on this where Uber cannot deactivate the drivers for low acceptance rates.  We are independent contractors and do not have to take rides we do not want to.


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     1 month ago in  New UBER APP Features

    Wait, I got it. To see the Uber acceptance rate and cancellations, you have to log into the web dashboard, it will display the metrics there. (https://partners.uber.com/login/)

    This brings up a question whether Uber actually cares about these metrics anymore.  They obviously track it (as you can see it in web), but the fact that they have hidden it from app makes me think they don't care anymore.

    There was a court dealing on this where Uber cannot deactivate the drivers for low acceptance rates.  We are independent contractors and do not have to take rides we do not want to.