Uber hasn’t exactly had the easiest of times in Africa because, like in the U.S. and Europe, it disrupts local taxi businesses. In Nairobi, Uber cars have been set on fire. In Johannesburg, drivers have been attacked. Can a more localized approach make things work better for one upstart ride-sharing company?
So much for “on demand” meaning “right this moment.” Uber is moving beyond the “on-demand economy” by testing a feature that lets users schedule a ride anywhere from 30 minutes to one month in advance. Car companies, beware.
Ride-hailing startups are so in right now, and they’re hitting the dating scene looking for big investments with automakers. Everybody seems to have paired up so far except for poor Uber, until today, with Toyota announcing a “strategic partnership” with the ride-sharing service.
In Uber’s endless quest to be sketchy it announced that its learned when users are more likely to pay the sometimes-ridiculous surge pricing for a ride. They claim they’re not using it against you... yet.
In a blog post today, Uber showed off the self-driving car that’s been stealthily cruising around Pittsburgh. The car is a hybrid Ford Fusion and is currently in early stages of safety testing. This particular Uber test vehicle was first spotted almost a year ago by local Pittsburgh media, but this is Uber’s first…
After losing an extended, expensive fight in Austin over an ordinance passed in December that mandated fingerprinting for ridesharing drivers, Uber and Lyft have ceased operating in the city. Drivers are upset about the loss of income. Riders are angry about being stuck with Austin’s insufficient cab service. Everyone…
Apple announced an investment of $1 billion in China’s largest private ride-hailing service company Didi Chuxing in a move intended to not only better understand the Chinese market, but to finally take the big step into the transportation industry we’ve been expecting.
I hope you’re not stuck somewhere in Austin where you’re unable to drive yourself today. Uber and Lyft are officially dead within Austin’s city limits as of this morning due to an ongoing temper tantrum they’re throwing over increased regulation.
In Austin, a political action committee completely funded by ride-hailing services Uber and Lyft threw an $8 million temper tantrum over regulations the city council wants to enact on ride-hailing. It’s turned into one of the most contentious and aggravating elections the city has ever seen. The worst part is neither…
My mailbox is now an endless chute of garbage thanks to Austin’s Proposition 1, an Uber and Lyft-penned measure that deals with ride-hailing regulations. I’ve been called, emailed and texted. I’ve gotten spammy notifications on my phone and campaigners at my door. At what point does campaigning become harassment?
After settling two big lawsuits where drivers claimed Uber did not allow them to accept tips, Uber agreed to not get in the way of the practice any more. There was even speculation that Uber might start encouraging the act. Today, the on-demand ride app has answered that speculation with an unequivocal middle finger…
Have you ever wanted to drink and hang out with your friends, but do it on top of water? Now you can, with UberYACHT.
This is the second anti-Uber demonstration the Hungarian capital had to get through this year already, but the problem isn’t really with the cheap way everybody likes to travel nowadays.
“The sharing economy is here!” we are frequently advised. “We must devise a new labor deal for a new century!” we are warned. So why is making a deal between Airbnb and unions so fucking hard?
At around 2 a.m. on Saturday morning, a 20-year-old man ordered an Uber to drive him from Philadelphia to Herkimer, New York, a trip that would take about five hours. Would you be you surprised to learn that not all went as planned?