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Safety is definitely the biggest thing. You may think there may be discrimination but ironically, not so much. I think we get the same number of requests. (though it'd be interesting to see if there is actually a difference.)
Speaking of discrimination, here's a small piece of Uber history. Uber used to display full names of the drivers when people were looking for rides. It was for transparency, accountability, etc. It wasn't a big deal back then because this was during the time all drivers were professional livery drivers. Of course, as normal people started driving through UberX, that's when the privacy became more important. That's when they allowed (or at least provided the option) to display only your first name and last initial. This provided a layer of privacy.
The problem arose though, when they heard a claim that riders were using the first names to identify certain drivers. For example, racist people would decline drivers with foreign names or predators would target women. Yes, all by first name. And also the photo too.
That's when Uber lifted the requirement for drivers to use real names, initials, or photos. There are still some mandates (like you can't make up an initial or make it a weird name), but I know if you contact them, they will make exceptions.
Sorry for the longwinded response, but I thought it was an interesting topic.
For female drivers, they watch the hours and locations. Those are two great ways to stay safe.
Stay away from weekend nights when there are drunk people. Certain neighborhoods are no good, especially at nights.
I wonder how many degrees of exposure they will apply this to
You totally can. Just book a ride as you usually do, immediately text the driver and warn him or her. They’ll decline if they don’t want to give you a ride.Just give them a chance to decline. As long as all parties are happy. In some markets, they have special Uber service for pets, and some allow you to specify upon requesting a ride, but the even without the feature, just get approval from the driver and you are fine. Allow yourself more time in case you do get a cancellation.
Yes, you can modify the passenger ratings after the fact. You may want to do this if you made a mistake or something else has happened since the trip that made you want to change it.
Here’s how you do it in the Uber Driver app.
Then you can modify the ratings and leave a reason why you wanted to change it.
Well, in some markets, they have. Especially in the smaller markets, taxi companies went belly up, and they've all been replaced by Uber drivers.
What happens is that the "dispatchers", which are sometimes independent from taxi companies are the ones that are struggling. This is because Uber's innovative app replaces the dispatchers' job function and not drivers.
So the dispatchers went belly up and drivers are now taking calls from Uber.
I wonder if this isn’t a common trick. You can actually change your passenger ratings after the fact. You can always go to your driving (earnings history) and click on Help.
There are dark drivers who are out there who review the past trips and change each one.
I don’t suggest this, but here’s how you do it in the Uber Driver app.
Uber App →
Select a trip (or a passenger) you have issues with
Tap Help →
Issue with a Rider →
I want to Change my Rating for a Rider
Then you can modify the ratings and leave a reason why you wanted to change it. Not sure if “didn’t tip” is a good justification but...
Yeah, this has been a problem with many salty drivers. They take the time to look up passengers who didn’t tip and down vote them. Some do this in anger, and some do this to change the overall culture of the Uber tipping. (So they say)
Drivers didn’t used to be able to do this.
Yes, you can totally do this. One way is to do the multi-destination trip.https://www.uber.com/hn/en/ride/how-uber-works/set-multiple-destinations/
Or just ask your driver once you get to the destination. The price will be automatically reflected so the drivers shouldn’t mind. Worst case, you can always request for another car when you are done. You may even get the same driver if he or she is still close.
You should be able to have your voice be heard. Total BS. Not to mention you should be able to see the claims and complaints supposedly filed. If they’re claiming there have been multiple, why didn’t they warn you before? Why didn’t they reach out to you to try to fix the problem? This thing is especially sketchy because they’re simply not being transparent.
Sorry to hear this.
It’s an excellent question, and this is something many people wonder regardless of age! Unfortunately, the answer isn’t straight forward.
First of all, here’s an article that may help
The problem is that a rideshare like Uber isn’t by default designed to be scheduled. The availability of the drivers is determined by what drivers happen to be in your area at the time of your request. When you request a ride in the app, that’s for right there and then. The app will show you how far the drivers are and how long it’ll take
Don’t fret though; in most areas. there are plenty of cars, and the wait shouldn’t be too long.
1 STAR ratings haunts most drivers, and my last one scarred me emotionally.
See, I try very hard to be a good host and a driver, and when I get 1 star, I never understand why I deserve such a rating.
It makes me insecure and paranoid. How did I make them uncomfortable? Did I go too fast? Did I not stop long enough at a stop sign? Did I smell that day? You never really get over it.
Well, autonomous vehicles will be used more per day, potentially driving 24 hours a day. NYC taxis that are driven consistently, due to rotating shifts, they are driven 24 hours and incur over 70,000 miles a year.
Driving four years means 280,000 miles. He seems to be on target, but the cars can last much longer than that. I guess it depends on how much people mind the old or worn out cars by the fifth year.
The rule is that there isn’t a rule. It’s basically up to the drivers.
A cat in a carrier should totally be okay, unless the driver is worried about allergens. (Some inevitably are sensitive.)
It should be 99% okay, but if you want to be doubly sure, text the driver upon being accepted and ask if it’s okay. The likely answer is yes, and he or she will appreciate you asking. (The 1%, the driver will cancel but you can just call another one.)
If we took that route, we are getting into a weird world where you need ID to use common services. If taxis, is it restaurant and schools next?
Anyone remember when Trump suggested under his rule, we wouldn’t be need ID to buy groceries? That was messed up.
What about people without driver licenses?
Maybe any government issued IDs.
Can that be installed on any car?
Also, isn’t there a law against regular people having ads on their cars? I know taxis are exempt or at least worked out a deal with the city, but that obviously doesn’t apply to individuals.
If it takes too long for a driver to get to the rider, the rider can cancel without a fee. I think this is even displayed within the app when there's a pickup delay.
Uber knows how long it's supposed to take the driver for pickup. If it said, 4 minutes and it ends up taking 12, don't hesitate to cancel.
Please don't tell me you guys are surprised about these findings. Lewd comments?! LOL.
It's actually not 2 minutes for UberX and 1 minute for UberPool.
This was changed a while ago. Maybe as part of Uber's "180-day to change" initiative.