I am not a driver so I am just curious. Wouldn't they want to know where others are? To either gauge where the activities are or drive to where there's less competiion?
As a driver, can you see other Uber drivers near you? like on a map?
The Guru Take
For the most part, no. Only surge information
No, they technically cannot. Uber Driver app (a different app than the one riders use) does not display other drivers on the map at all.
With that said, Uber drivers can theoretically open a Uber "Rider" app, and check out where the nearby drivers are. I am not sure how useful this would be though, as it only displays the 6 closest vehicles. It really isn't helpful in order to gauge the driver activities.
On the Uber Driver app, one thing that enables the drivers to gauge activities is the surge maps. This is a color-coded heatmap, that shows where the surge pricing is occuring. This is Uber's way of re-locating their workforce (i.e. drivers) to areas where the demand is high. (i.e. many riders not enough drivers). This can encourage drivers to migrate to those locations to find their fares.
Source: RideshareGuy (link)
Additional note: At airports, drivers are placed into queues where they wait for their turn to be requested. Drivers can see their place in the queue, so this also gives them visibility into nearby drivers.