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Well, at least for the time being, drivers are independent contractor and Uber and Lyft cannot tell them what to do or not to do.
I suppose there are guidelines (called either Terms of Service or "policies"), but I don't think this isn't in there. (nor enforceable)
Such a Debbie Downer today, but so many of these local rideshare companies have gone belly up in the decent years, I don't see anything that will make this one different.
I suppose the twist here is that it's only for teenagers and not all age groups. Maybe that provides them with discounts on the insurance that must be a critical part of their operation?
Whatever happened to HopSkipDrive, GoKart, Zum, and Kango? They seem to exist, but I assume they aren't doing well.
I appreciate and respect the enterpreneurs, but when they use terms like this without any realistic solutions, it makes me wonder.
Frankly, the generic and idealistic approach shows ignorance, and the lack of a real differentiator screams they don't have a plan. If they want people to pay attention, they have to tell us WHY and HOW they will accomplish this lofty goal.
This is a good article that covers some of where the money went.
One time charges should have been something clearly disclosed to the investors before IPO.
Then again, apparently these were expected by the Wall Street, such as the stocks vesting.
In any case, the company will change a lot very soon. Gotta carbs the expenses and R&D will need to be focused more on its core offerings.
You should create new post for this. https://ride.guru/lounge/create
I keep thinking it’s a fad but the moment you mention “last leg”, I have to agree there’s a need for it.
I do feel this entire thing should be in the hands of a city planner and hence be treated like a public transportation. Call it an extension of the city bus or a subway.
All these private businesses will eat each other’s lunch and cannibalizing each other. There will be many trashes scooters and it’ll be like China with their bicycle problems. (You know that happened there because of poor city planning, severe population growth, etc.)
You are correct that the scheduled rides are not guaranteed. See this thread:
With that said, Uber claims they do try to accommodate for scheduled rides. Unfortunately, this has not been confirmed by the drivers who do not seem to be getting any additional benefits to make these pick-ups. (Say, getting paid more or be encouraged to be at those locations around scheduled pickups.)
Lyft "posts" scheduled rides and drivers can "claim" and "sign up" for them. This way, you do have an assigned driver. This seems to be a great idea until you realize that these drivers who signed up decide to not be in the area or forget they signed up.
In general, if you are in a populated area where there are regularly Uber and Lyft cars around, you should be okay. Uber does trigger the request 15 minutes in advance, I believe, so the driver can get to you in time.
That sounds sarcastic, but perhaps because they actually are more dangerous other modes of air transportation.
I had to google it. They say helicopter is, but there are caveats to both, like how helicopters are more used for risky operations.
Are helicopters more dangerous than airplanes?
On the face of it, yes. The FAA says the fatal accident rate across all aviation types in the US is 0.84 per 100,000 flight hours, less than the 1.02 it reports for helicopters. But the fact that helicopters are used in risky operations, such as search and rescue missions, in war zones, and sometimes in bad weather, skews this figure.
Are helicopters more dangerous than cars?
A car driven alone is safer than a helicopter flown alone. - A pilot is better trained, and more safety conscious than a driver. - Helicopters operations are more commercial and military, and therefore more dangerous than what most cars are used for.
It's happening again. The overreaction:
New York congresswoman calls for helicopter ban after fatal crash
The rider's phone is completely irrelevant. The app doesn't even have to be on or even with the passenger.
Letting the supply-and-demand take over will alter this industry forever It will eventually push all full-time workers and replace them with part-time gig workers. I am not necessarily saying that's a bad thing, but it will affect all consumers for sure.
We have to ask ourselves if this is what we want and whether we want the government to step in. I mean, do we want such transition to any other industry?
Bus drivers? Pilots? Train conductors? What about garbage man, firefighters, food providers, customer service reps.
You should ask the community by creating a new post.
If you are referring to her not being able to see you on the map, remember, she doesnt see ALL drivers near her.
Yes, you can, but you still have to go through Uber who will approve the areas you are allowed to work
Sometimes it’s automatic. In many cases, you can work in states that are adjacent to your home state assuming they’re relatively close. Uber often wraps up regions together, say like NJ and NY.
There are exceptions in certain regions where you need special permits or there are inspection requirements. NYC and Philadelphia come to mind. In most cases, you can still have out-of-state plates (say NJ plate working in NYC), but I would check.
The criteria to determine if you are an employee or a contractor is outlined by IRS. However, this is often argued as the terms are somewhat subjective.
This is a super interesting topic. We are at a juncture where this "gig" of driving rideshares will be defined as either a "on the side thing" vs. "a profession." I honestly don't think anyone really knows.
Uber always wanted it to be purely a contractor gig. You do it whenever you can. It's "RIDE-share", like a carpool, where normal people driver other normal people. It was purely a side-gig, and that's how all the drivers are still considered as "independent contractors" with no benefits
Then there is an opposing force where some entities and people want these workers to be employees. Reverting this new industry back to what it was before of having normal workers and often on full time basis. Regulators and professional drivers seem to prefer this option.
I personally want the concept of "gig-economy" to thrive and not let this end as "an industry that slightly improved due to new technology (smartphones)"
I believe there’s a difference between public transportation and cars owned by independent contractors. An inside of a taxi or bus would be public, but an Uber vehicle is an individual’s car, which I believe qualifies it as “public.”
Then again, if we want to talk about the legality of recording someone, we need to be discussing the expectation of privacy, not so much whether it’s called public vs. private.
That’s for recording someone. In terms of sharing with others? I have no idea. Doesn’t the driver own the pic he takes legally in a public place? So can’t he share that with others in any way he likes? (Outside of defamation.)
Here's a big list
Yeah, in some cities Uber accepts cash. The app gives you "cash" as a payment option, and the driver is instructed to accept cash at the end of the trip. Uber's portion of the fare will be automatically deducted from the driver's pay.
Here's a good articlef for the riders. It's tips on how to identify and finding your driver.
As I read these responses, I think the answer depends on a few things:
a) How busy the night is. Yes, drivers do make money while driving and when the vehicle is moving. So, if it's a busy night, they'd rather be doing that. Some are saying, "it's better than making $0.00", but that logic only works if there aren't other passengers out there.
b) Whether the driver drives an UberX, UberXL, UberBlack, or UberSUV. The per minute fee is quite different between these services. In Boston, UberX makes $0.21/minute ($12.6/hr), UberXL $0.35/minute ($21/hr), UberBlack $0.45/minute ($27/hr), and UberSUV $0.50/minute ($30/hr). UberX drivers would be at a disadvantage and perhaps be grumpy, but UberSUV guys probably don't mind nearly as much.
c) Location probably matters. The per minute fee is also different from city to city. For example, Boston UberX drivers get paid $0.21/minute but those in San Diego make $0.15/minute. That's a big difference. You may argue that there is a cost of living adjustment, but $0.15/minute is $9 per hour before Uber takes its cut.
There's a given volume of people who need to get from A to B. That number does not change drastically regardless of the transportation options available. Prices and rate do affect *which* (not "whether") options are chosen by the consumers, and Uber wants to make sure they are the option.
For those reasons, I can clearly state that Uber is doing this for selfish reasons, and how the veracity of this statement "lower prices = higher earnings" is heavily questioned.
Here's the driver edition:
Here you go. two screens You first are prompted to leave a review, and then upon doing so, the tipping page opens.
BTW, there used to be a "$0" option and someone told me there used to be a "No tip" option too. It looks like they updated that though. Perhaps the drivers didn't like it.
The fact remains that Uber is in bed with all the law makers in NYC, so I doubt anything too negative will happen to Uber. Any measures that will be put into place will likely benefit Uber as they do have influence over this decision.
For all we know, this "change" was proposed by Uber. They too knew the sharp rise of rideshares would become a problem.
For example, thy will
Uber and Lyft both analyze the photo you submit, by putting them through an automated scan. They supposedly check for various properties of the photo to look for inconsistencies and associate a credibility score to it. They check for information such as when the photo was taken, what camera was used, etc. (more on that later)
Before you ask what exactly Uber checks (which no one except Uber knows), let me interest you on something you probably didn't know.
Your images that you take on your smartphones or digita cameras store various properties in its metadata. There are many fields that you probably didn't know you were sharing when you send your files around.
Are you scared yet?
Yeah, you should be scared because this applies to any photo you share with anyone. (but since this is a ridesahre forum, I should stick to what Uber cares about.)
I was going to post a full list of metadata properties that you can identify, but that's a pretty lengthy list. I will pickup a few things below:
- Date Created/Date Modified (If different, the image was "editted")
- GPS Location, such as lat/long and even altitude.
- What camera or smartphone was used
- Flash on/off
- Camera Lens
- Resolution, etc.
So how do they verify?
Since I don't work for Uber, I don't know exactly what they check. However, if I were one of their engineers, and I had to catch crooks, I would look for the following:
- Was the photo taken on a different day then when the rider occured?
- Was the photo ever modified or editted?
- Was the photo taken on a different smartphone than the one driver uses? If so, why?
- Does the photo match up with any other photos submitted by other passengers?
- Does the photo match up with the car that the driver drives?
Why so secretive about this process?
Well, it's because none of these things will *prove* that the photo is not authentic or that the incident didn't happen. If the file was modified or if the pic was taken by a different camera than the smartphone the driver conveniently had in his hand, you would start to doubt the authenticity.
This is why Uber won't tell you exactly why you are being denied the cleaning fees or that you don't have credibility.
I hope I have adequatey answers how Uber *must* be fighting back against this cleaning fees fraud. They do it because they can, and it isn't that hard.
Vancouver doesn't have Uber or Lyft yet. There's a feud over this. Here's an article from June.
'Unfathomable': Vancouver tourism industry lashes out against absence of Uber
"Members of British Columbia's tourism industry are speaking out against the BC NDP for failing to deliver on a promise to bring app-based ride-hailing services to the province in time for this year's travel season.
"People come and go, 'OK, can I have my Lyft or my Uber?' and then turn on their app and there's no cars," said Ian Tostenson, a spokesperson for Ridesharing Now. The coalition is aimed at lobbying the provincial government to create a framework that would allow companies such as Uber and Lyft to operate alongside the taxi industry.
Before forming government last summer, the BC NDP promised it would pass legislation regulating app-based ride-hailing services in the province before the end of 2017.
But halfway through 2018, that still hasn't happened.
"It's just unbelievable," said Harbour Air executive vice-president Chad Wetsch. "Like, you're counting on it to get these people to their final destinations and we just can't do anything about it."
Wetsch said the inconvenience caused by the province's lack of ride-hailing services is damaging the reputation of the rest of the tourism industry.
"It's awful when we get a two-star Trip Advisor (review) because someone has had to wait for a taxi," he said."
Where to wait during downtimes is something every driver needs to eventually figure out for each local market. This is a sign of you beoming a veteran driver! It's the rite of passage. :)
So, basically the question is where to wait during those slow times like mid-mornings and mid-afternoons. You have to think about how society works and who your target should be doing those times. Working people are at work, and students are at school. So who is out?
So, What destinations are popular during the days. They are very different from busier times. so, try these places.
Notice that downtown business districts and transportation hubs are relatively empty during the day. So, make sure to try out all these locations, and see if you have a better ping rate! Good luck!