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OH, sure. It's a given. The price will go up, driver pay will go down, everyone will be unhappy...
and all of a sudden, there will be self-driving cars, and everyone is happy again except for the no-longer-needed drivers.
and none of this matters, because a few people made a lot of money today
If the gig-economy is successful, especially for full-time gigs, it will dispute the long-standing concept of real companies and businesses that depend on efficiencies and economy-of-scale. Said the opposite way, being your own boss, where each person is his own company - at least for these jobs (e.g. driving, mowing lawns, etc.) - will lack efficiency and economy-of-scale.
Let's take any business. A landscaping company that mows lawns. A gig-worker with his own lawn-mower will under-utilize his mower and waste time doing things he is not skilled in, such as marketing and doing accounting.
You can't build a company (or a village) alone, unless you are a true independent contributor who knows how to survive and create great value alone. I'd hate to say it but driving cars isn't one of them.
So it's basically a bunch of Roombas. It makes sense.
Will they even be able to hop over a curb? I feel a simple twig will disrupt them and make them go in circles.
Oh, or will they start driving on our streets? I have a feeling they will just start getting crushed by real cars everywhere.
People want to buy vehicles various reasons. For a business it is about getting the word out. I think it's creative to have drivers, who are always in front of people and around other drivers whose vehicles are their livelihood, become a new channel to advertise your dealership.
For drivers, it's an opportunity to make a little cash, i.e. finder's fee. Nothing wrong with that.
(PS. Come to think of it, there are so many things drivers can do, other than driving, that are super useful. Being constantly out on the road, interacting with people, watching the streets, etc.)
There must be limited variations of fake vomits. It’s funny to think Uber receiving pics of the same exact vomit pool from drivers all around the country.
Then at Uber HQ, they’d have like a list of black listed vomit pics.
Uber of mortgage lending? That's Lending Tree.
but seriously, that isn't an "uber" for anythihng. That's like calling HomeDepot.com a Uber for powertools.
At first I felt resistance to this, but then I realized strangers driving packages is much less instructive than driving strangers driving strangers.
It’s not like you need a special license to be driving boxes around. Genius. I feel like Amazon got a fast one by Uber on this one.
I have heard that Uber's customer service is heavily "automated" and the first few communications are handled through chatbots. The idea is that you will eventually reach someone who is qualified, i .e. a "real person", but I think it's a common knowledge that you can get pushed back down to the chatbot and its automated messages. Sorry!
Yeah, it's all about positioning. Perhaps even to the investors. Everyone wants to be the next Uber.
Lyft? It's like play on word. It's a variation of "lift".
It's actually a euphemism. When you give someone a lift, you are giving that person a ride in your car.
This has already been done. ...by Uber.
I think it was to protest the tightening of regulations in Austin. 2015.
Funny how this complain comes up on this forum regularly.
Don't blame the driver. It is a predatory scam being delivered by passengers to hurt other passengers. People try to steal other people's Ubers all the time. It's a ticket to a free ride. They all think it's so clever and also a victimless crime.
I heard college students bragging and promoting it to each other multiple times. This is definitely a thing
I am a man in the 60s, and I am not tech savy. I have a smartphone, but I use it for basic purposes, and I am certainly not the type to be an early adopter. In fact, I think I will go as far as to say I hate anything high tech.
I definitely use Uber. I still remember the first time I used Uber, and it was fantastic. The app told me everything I needed to know about the type of car, how much I will pay, and where it will take me and even "how."
A real nice young man picked me up, helped me with my luggage. When we arrived at the destination, I honestly didn't know what to do, so I asked him. Do I have to do anything with the app, like tap something to complete it? Do I have to enter something?
The man told me I had to do nothing. I just stepped away and was greeted immediately by my daugher and her family.
So for me? Why do I take Uber over a taxi?
- No phone number. I didn't have to look up a local phone number in Raleigh.
- Convenience. I didn't have to call someone. I didn't have to worry about paying.
On your point about merging taxi companies with Uber... I keep hearing that that'll naturally happen anyways after taxi companies have all failed in the United States. There's an office pool going here whether ten years from now where there is no distinction between taxis and ubers, we'd still be calling it "Ubers" or if we'd be calling them al "ubers."
I said U ber but majority said the word "taxis" would go away. see, I don't believe that.
Lyft is exactly the same. Endless loop of scripted responses.
I believe minimum is lower than the living wage.
Also, minimum is set by federal and state. living is set by some economists, I believe.
Good point on the hours you are sitting in a lot parking lot knitting your sweater.
Here's an equivalent argument. Take office workers who spend an hour in traffic or a train? (probably twice a day) Do they consider those two hours as working hours? nope.
"uber" now has become a verb, just like "google" when you search for something.
Lyft too is hemorrhaging money right now. The current price is not sustainable and it'll never make these companies profitable.
They'd us be happy to raise the price to ease the strain on their checkbook and extend their runway
I actually have first-hand experience seeing that motorcycle delivery is a rockstar method in Paris and Tokyo. They weave through traffic, double park for a few minutes, and they are awesome. Ramen noodles, pizzas, bread and groceries, you name it.
but that's motorcycle. not bikes.