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I saw some a-hole drivers who were posting on forums, "Thank you for going on a strike yesterday. I had a very busy day and made a killing! Please have more strikes so I have my pickings of rides."
Autonomous robo-taxis, baby!
Uber has not given any predictions on when it may be profitable, but some investors are counting on profitability when it has fleets of self-driving vehicles, which would eliminate some costs of paying drivers. But self-driving cars are still in the early stages and even when they are completely self-driving, Uber will still have expenses for the technology and possibly the cars themselves.“The idea that they can wait until there are autonomous vehicles [before they become profitable] is foolish, we are many years away from that. It is not clear that Wall Street and investors are going to wait that many years for them to become profitable,” Mishel said.
Uber has not given any predictions on when it may be profitable, but some investors are counting on profitability when it has fleets of self-driving vehicles, which would eliminate some costs of paying drivers. But self-driving cars are still in the early stages and even when they are completely self-driving, Uber will still have expenses for the technology and possibly the cars themselves.
“The idea that they can wait until there are autonomous vehicles [before they become profitable] is foolish, we are many years away from that. It is not clear that Wall Street and investors are going to wait that many years for them to become profitable,” Mishel said.
Everyone else is answering this wrong.
If you pay this fee, basically it protects your business as an Uber driver. You will now not have to worry about being deactivated by Uber and collect all the perks reserved for high-rated drivers.
We all run our businesses, and there is value in such an insurance policy IMO. $50 a month.
A combination of A and B. I don't go home, and take a nap in my car. :)
There was a post here about how some people actually go home, sits on the couch and wait for the ping. I can't do that because there isn't much activity near my house, but can you imagine? So funny.
No! I did't even know about it! LOL.
I was thinking more like, "...until it drives over someone." Oh, that already happened? Ha!
Did you find your teeth?! This is keeping me up at night.
Calm down, enjoy the ride, and be excited for the trip you don't know the destination of. Life is an adventure.
Well, if the passenger says she doesn't have an ID, that is a red flag, because anyone over 16 would likely have at least a driver's license. (in most states, and at least in suburbs/rural areas)
If the passenger declines due to privacy, I guess that is time to back off. I will just drive.
At the end of the day, you have to have good judgement of how old you think the person is. If you feel uncomfortable, it's time to cancel and report it to Uber.
You need this feature:
Uber really should have an "opt-out" option for small talk...
There are million reasons the driver would cancel a ride. What if the driver was sick? What if the passenger called them but had a huge amount of luggage that didn't fit in the car? What if a wrong car type was requested by mistake?
All these scenarios the driver would cancel for the benefit of all parties, and he shouldn't be worried about receiving negative ratings because of this There are circumstances that are outside of the driver's control and they shouldn't be rated for it.
What happens before the trip is usually logistics related. It's like how you shouldn't be able to rate an Amazon product if you haven't bought it yet.
I agree with CW. UberX would most likely work. If it doesn’t, just cancel and call an UberXL. You may incur a cancellation fee of $5.00, but it’ll be worth it to try UberX first. The price difference is pretty significant.
LOL. "Charity Mode."
That's why you have to learn to sleep in the car like I do. LOL. When I am so mad about being taken away from my home area, I would just sleep in the car and avoid the long drive home. It's all about the profitability and not wasting gas and mileage.
Don't judge me. Hahaha.
1) Lyft recently changed the ratings to only consider for more recent trips. i.e. they are taking the average ratings of fewer trips.
2) Probably wanted to boost their public image by claiming their drivers are rated higher than Uber's. However the truth is that same drivers drive for both. lol.
This is why Lyft and Uber (and their investors) are not worried about driver retention anymore. There are plenty of people who rely on this gig, and they can't simply just leave. In some markets like NYC, the driver activation is common because they really don't care to keep you.
Abuse of power.
I assume you are referring to slow times. We generally pull over, and read, talk to friends, etc. It's a nice quiet time where we get to do what we want. It's quite a perk of this job.
I am a loner and I enjoy these times. Play iPhone games, read a book, catch up with friends over the phone, etc. Some of my friends write books, work on origamis, lift, etc.
This is a great question because some people are very creative. I have heard of people who park at a park or playground, and lie down on the grass, go to tracks to do laps...
Well, let's just look at where our hearts would lie.
As much as we all complained about Travis, from the drivers' perspective? We were more in sync with Travis than we ever will be with Dara. Come on. Completely unrelatable.
I sort of resent these guys that they "have" to drive Uber around. What about us who drive it regularly?!!
I've heard from other drivers that there are occasionally glitches where on one screen it looks like you made money, but in another you didn't. It was some weird bug or some system lag that caused this. The driver just had to open a ticket and Uber would quickly fix it.
I was told that this was permanently fixed in the new app update earlier this year too. I've never seen negative, so I don't know if it's true.
The other possibility is the now defunct fuel card where you can purchase gasoline and the charge would be taken out of earnings. Depending on the timing, say, the charge hits right after Uber's payout, I know your balance can remain negative.
One another thing I can think of is renting vehicles from Uber. Like one of their ZipCar or Hertz's programs. i hear those can be taken out of your earnings, so depending on the timing, I am sure it can show up as negative.