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Uber applies for patent that would detect drunk passengers

I am a bar-hopping, 20-something Uber customer — and this patent application that the ride-sharing company just applied for sounds mortifying. Uber has applied for a patent for a system that can “predict a user state.” That is, a new artificial intelligence product from Uber could figure out if you’re drunk, and just how far...CONTINUE READING

Uber CEO slams MIT after study on ride-hailing minimum wages

$3.37.  That’s the meager median wage Uber and Lyft drivers make per hour, according to a paper published by MIT’s Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research that surveyed over 1,000 drivers in the United States.  The study made headlines this week, revealing that the cost of insurance, fuel, and car maintenance all played a...CONTINUE READING

Report: Most Uber, Lyft drivers make below minimum wage

Surprise! Lyft and Uber drivers don’t make much money.  Specifically, their median hourly wage is a whopping $3.37, according to a a paper published by MIT’s Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research, which compiled over 1,100 drivers’ data from the United States Environmental Protection Agency and Kelly Blue Book, and estimates from Edmunds.  SEE...CONTINUE READING

Uber is selling off its auto-leasing business

After confirming the closure of its auto-leasing business, Xchange Leasing, Uber is now reportedly selling it, according to The Wall Street Journal. The buyer? Car ownership startup Fair.com. SEE ALSO: Taxify launches in another country to challenge Uber’s ride-sharing dominance Uber announced in September that it would be shutting down Xchange Leasing, its Delaware-based subsidiary...CONTINUE READING

2 women file class-action lawsuit against Uber over sexual assault by drivers

Uber is facing a class-action lawsuit over sexual assaults by drivers. The lawsuit, filed in the Northern District of California on Tuesday, is on behalf of women passengers who experienced “rape, sexual assault, physical violence or gender-motivated harassment” by Uber drivers.  Two anonymous plaintiffs who were assaulted by Uber drivers filed the lawsuit. The suit...CONTINUE READING

The UK again says Uber drivers are employees—next stop is the Supreme Court

Uber is already fighting U.K. officials over its ban from London. Now the ride-hailing giant might head to the Supreme Court—for another case entirely.  Uber lost an appeal Friday over a ruling that required the company to categorize its drivers as employees with worker benefits like minimum wage, overtime, and vacation pay and not as...CONTINUE READING

Uber now has a super secret customer support club

Uber has big plans to reward its most loyal customers.  The ridesharing company has invited a select few users to a mysterious “priority support” program.  SEE ALSO: McDonald’s hitches a ride on UberEats in Southeast Asia, starting with Singapore A spokesperson for Uber said priority members will have access to an exclusive 24/7 support hotline....CONTINUE READING

A driver’s adorable service dog made for the perfect Uber ride

Uber rides can often be unexpected adventures. You never really know what you might find inside of a driver’s car.  Twitter user, Spookygothgrama posted a screenshot yesterday of a conversation with her Uber driver.  SEE ALSO: Ikea is launching a pet furniture collection and it’s purrfect This. Is the best uberpic.twitter.com/4hlDw8E5t9 — Southern Shawty (@Spookygothgrama)...CONTINUE READING
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