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I bet the driver is still only making $15. There may be surge in effect here but that's where Uber makes the money. Not all is passed on to the customers.
Don't remind me of this aspect of driving. It's all about the corp making money. They consistently make updates to the payout, and it's never in driver's favor.
I agree with the your sentiment but just to be a devil's advocate to your question, "why would anyone?"
If you have a medallion, you do get certain rights. This can be access to business loans, government assistance, tax benefits, etc.
Also, you do have additional benefits and access to segments you may not otherwise. For example, in Manhattan, unless you have a medallion you are not allowed to pick up people hailing for rides.
Unless, of course al three people have roller bags or carryons. Then it could get tight.The other thing to worry about is how the driver will respond. Most drivers try their best to be accommodating but some will frown upon people forcing too much on, especially if there can be damages to their cars.
If you call an UberX and realize it was right, make sure to tip. In cash and in the car to avoid negative rating.
You say there is a QR code that opens up the doors. This means that I assume the unit needs a cellular connection and a electric source.
I don't think plugging it into the cigarette plug is a problem. A USB would do. Most drivers have USB splitters in their cars.
For cellular, your company would have to pay I assume. so there must be some minimal sales requirement so you can recoup the investment. You'd have to vet out those drivers who drive x hours a month.
Surge comes and goes depending on the hour so it heavily depends. If there is a big new year’s event or something, I’m sure there can be. Or a few hours after New Year’s Day (12:30AM-1:30AM) would not be good either. It’s all about supply and demand at the time.
For 12/26-12/30, I bet it won’t be busy, so I doubt there’d be too much surge. At least from my experience in the past.
If you are asking for overall, I don’t think there’s be that much surge.
My worst nightmare. Never been in one and I never speed.
They continue to invest in other R&D areas like building robot taxis and new airports...all at the cost of the drivers.
This may change though as the investors would like to see some profits.
Someone should just start a separate company that builds these auto cars, get investor funding, and work on it somewhere else. Let Uber focus on what it does now.
In general the answer is "no". However there are some privileged drivers for both Uber and Lyft who can see the destinations before accepting. These are drivers who are highly rated, have high acceptance rate or have an elevated status, such as Uber's Pro Diamond.
Yeah, I read somewhere that riders are displayed the instructions on how it works. I am more than 100% sure that most riders don't bother to read that.
Ironically, the new Uber users may read it more. The experienced users would just request and look away.
are these steep prices? I feel like $100 is pretty cheap for you to throw up in someone else's car.
Definitely deactivated. My condolences.
Because they aren't independent contractors. They are employed.
The Fair Labor Standards Act does not apply the minimum wage payment requirement to independent contractors. However, merely classifying a person as a contractor instead of an employee does not automatically keep the worker from being considered an employee entitled to minimum wage. (Do minimum wage apply to independent contractors?)
Well, like everyone says, Uber can do whatever they want, with all the money and power of having a monopoly. Snap of a finger is all it takes.
Perhaps what would be a useful info is what the heck the driver should do after the car is out of commission.
It’s our livelihood, and this is a huge problem for rideshare drivers.
They must have plenty of drivers where you are from. They are just thinning out the herd and don’t care.
Nope. It crashes sometimes, but 9 out of 10 times I reopen it and it is doing what’s its supposed to be doing.
You say be aware, but what are we supposed to do about it. LOL.
Look at this article that states:
"Lyft set aside 5% of the shares for directors and some employees as well as for drivers who as of February have completed 10,000 rides on its platform or are serving or served on a driver advisory council. The company also will pay cash bonuses to those long-standing drivers, including $10,000 for those who completed at least 20,000 rides."
Yes. Yes, they can. As they should be able to.
So if you do this too often your ratings will gone down and risk waiting longer for your future trips. One example where the rating system works well.
First of all, minors cannot give consent. However, I do see your argument. Can they ask for a ride from a stranger? or an Uncle? Of course they can, right? So as long as there is no provider-customer relationship, perhaps there is nothing illegal about this.
Now the real argument is the liability, right? You are NOT the uncle but a total stranger. You also have responsibilities when you are transporting a minor in your care.
Actually, this may actually be possible. I am hesitant to give any ideas to scummy telemarketers, but here goes. I will have to describe a few components of how Uber's phone system works.
Uber uses a switchboard to connect drivers and riders without using people's personal phone numbers. We all are familiar with this, right? The phone numbers that appear on your caller IDs are not of those of real people's. However these numbers are active and they do work...just for the duration that's needed. Uber does this to protect the privacy of the users on both sides.
Here's the thing. those numbers are re-used over and over again, as there are only finite number of phone numbers in the world. The number is limited by how many phone numbers a company (i.e. the switchboard service) can own.
Now for the telemarkers. They have automatic software-driven phone dialers to place massive number of calls. All they need is a list of phone numbers. What if they just use the list of numbers registered under the switchboard? They are static phone numbers that are being re-used all day along to serve 100s of million of users. So it's conceivable that Uber's numbers are being targetted and are being fed into these dialers.
When you think about it, these numbers are prime targets for telemarketers.
Do you think my theory is correct? I am hoping I am wrong here, and as I have never received these calls on my own, I am not sure whether any of this stands.