Tony Almeida (TonyAlmeida)

Ride Apprentice from Los Angeles, CA

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How does Uber/Lyft scam passengers? Ideas on their tactics to set higher fares and surges. Share your suspicions, angry riders!

Uber has a reputation for hiding how they calculate their exact fares and determining how the surges are determined. While ...
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    Is DoorDash really worth 9X as much as it was worth a year ago?

    The hype is strong with this food delivery industry. DoorDash is raising $535 million from SoftBank and others at a ...
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    Lyft short selling builds after Uber files IPO paperwork

    I assume this is bad?Shares of Lyft Inc. fell in Friday trading amid active short selling after rival Uber ...
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    Uber lawsuit: Three women sue after saying they were raped by fake drivers - The Washington Post

    It feels like we hear about this on a daily basis now:The woman just wanted to get home safely ...
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    Uber Is Said to Aim for I.P.O. Valuation of Up to $100 Billion - The New York Times

    I know. It's been expected...but man, $100B.“It’s the Lyft effect,” said Kathleen Smith, a principal at ...
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    Think you know how to Uber and Lyft? Make sure you're aware of these safety tips

    Reminding everyone to be safe when taking your Uber and Lyft. Check out these safety tips.Wait for your ride ...
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    Uber’s self-driving car unit was burning $20 million a month

    Uber’s self-driving car unit was burning $20 million a monthUber thought it would have 75,000 autonomous vehicles ...
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    Lyft Founders Conspire to Take Control of $7.5 Billion Uber Competitor | CCN

    Is this shady? I can't tell."The founders of Lyft, John Zimmer and Logan Green, are working on a ...
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    Uber Lawsuit Verdict: Drivers Are Contractors, Not Employees

    I am realizing how many drivers missed this news in September where a US judge determined that Uber drivers are ...
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    Electric scooters and bicycles that drive themselves around cities - Uber's next plan

    Wait, wat. So these bikes like Roomba would drive themselves to charge themselves?   Wow.  Uber is hiring engineers to develop ...
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    Electric scooters and bicycles that drive themselves around cities - Uber's next plan

    Wait, wat. So these bikes like Roomba would drive themselves to charge themselves?   Wow.  Uber is hiring engineers to develop ...
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    Report: Uber self-driving team was preparing for CEO demo before fatal crash

    This has conspiracy theory written all over it.  Check out these paragraphs from this article:Uber circulated a document asking ...
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    Most dangerous people do in their daily lives? Driving.

    More time you spend on the road, more chance you will be a part of these statistics.In the US ...
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    Waymo to Start First Driverless Car Service Next Month

    This is happening way sooner than I ever thought possible."In just a few weeks, humanity may take its first ...
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    Uber is negotiating a multibillion-dollar takeover of one of the leading scooter-sharing startups

    Will it be Bird, or will it be Lime? Uber seeks to lock up the market before it’s fully ...
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    Your Uber Driver Could Be Packing Heat, and You Wouldn't Know It (from 2015)

    Uber lets (at least used to) carry guns. While Lyft doesn't.  Wow, Uber used to allow this until just ...
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    • I am a rider.  I try to tip 15 to 20%, like I used to with taxis. 

      I also try to keep in mind to tip more for shorter trips because drivers get screwed on those.  I know that's a bit counterintuitive because we pay the most on those short trips due to the booking fee, but the majority of that goes to Uber.

      If it's a real short trip, just walk.  That's my opinion.


    • You can put the same mechanisms in place that prevents drivers from cheating.  Jsut like driving a passenger.

      From which point?  Interesting question.  I feel like Uber can build a logic around it.  Like, the app would ask right after anothe fare, "Samantha is asking for her phone at location ABC.  Would you like to drive there now?"

      Then if you say, "no", it'll ask you later. 

      At which point you accept that, that's when the ride starts, and Samantha also gets a notification on her Uber app. 


    • "When I talked to the drivers, they described how Uber kept fares in a perfectly engineered sweet spot: just high enough for them to justify driving, but just low enough that not much more than their gas and maintenance expenses were covered."

      and

      "...manipulate bonuses so that drivers could be “tricked” into working longer hours. Laughing, they compared the drivers to animals: “You need to dangle the carrot right in front of their face.”


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       10 months ago in  kids rideshares in wilmington nc

      Not that I have heard of.  I think this business concept is still being proven out by businesses and enterpreneurs, and it will be a while before it gets rolled out to cities outside of the test markets. (e.g. San Francisco, Chicago, LA, Boston, etc.)

      I feel as though there is definitely need and demand, but I feel there are lots of hurdles in making it successful.  


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       10 months ago in  Lyft with Express worth it?

      I did the same exact plan in LA in 2016 before I purchased a car for UberX.  I assume what you are considering is similar.  It was like $210 a week for rental but they waive that if you reach 75 trips within a week.  I remember it including mileage, standard maintenance, liability coverge, etc.  

      My advice?  I don't know the deal now in Seattle, but make sure to look at the fineprints.  There are clauses like:

      • You have to maintain a 90% (?) acceptance rate.   (I don't know if you do.)  This can be tough, if you want to cherry pick your rids.  Sometimes, depending on circumstances and the way you want to drive, it can be difficult.  I am sure you will meet it, but it will take away a bit of freedom on how you will run your Uber-driving business.  Just remember that.
      • Hidden Fees: You have to put down a big deposit, and I believe they still charge fees and taxes, and they don't waive those.  I remember having a bill even after completing 75 rides. 
      • Make sure liability insurance is included. Even if it is, remember that it's the bare minimum insurance Uber requires.  (It basically only covers when you are driving passengers.  If you are driving around looking for a fare, you won't be.)  If you are driving 75 rides a week, I strongly suggest getting a rideshare insurance and comprehensive for your own car damage.   ..and yes, that is yet additional expense.