Harry here. I’m in San Diego for a blogger’s conference so will be slow to respond to e-mail. But today, senior RSG contributor John Ince takes a look at Lyft’s vision for a self-driving future, an investor’s take on Uber and more.
A lot of new drivers are surprised at the level of negativity when it comes to rideshare Facebook groups and forums. But I’ve always ignored the haters since just like any other line of work, there are positives and negatives to driving. And I don’t think it’s my job to tell people what they should or shouldn’t do.
I’d rather focus on sharing my own personal experience and letting people make the decision for themselves. Today’s guest on the show is similar in that respect and we go in-depth on the mindset that you need in order to be successful as a driver and in life.
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Harry here. There aren’t a whole lot of nationally available rideshare options outside of Uber and Lyft these days, but fortunately for drivers, there are a number of growing delivery companies. In the past, I’ve covered what it was like to sign up with DoorDash but today, we’ve got an article from new RSG contributor Dash Bridges (not his real name) about how to really maximize your earnings while delivering for DoorDash.
Hey Rideshare Guy readers, Harry graciously stepped aside for a bit and allowed me to share my experiences from the delivery side of things. Over the past year, I’ve logged 900+ deliveries over nearly 500 hours driving for DoorDash. Along the way, I’ve picked up quite a few tricks of the trade. My goal is to share my experiences and help you maximize your earnings while working delivery. So with that in mind, welcome to Dashville!
Here’s my background: DoorDash is my side gig. I’m an operations manager for a networking hardware manufacturer here in Silicon Valley. I’m sure that job sounds exceptionally glamorous and lucrative, but I can assure you it’s not. DO YOU KNOW WHAT HOUSING COSTS ARE HERE IN THE SF BAY AREA??!? Exactly. So, needing additional income, I signed up for DoorDash through a Craigslist ad. These days, I spend a couple of weeknights and Sunday evenings making deliveries for extra cash. Although I sincerely enjoy dashing and its change of pace from my day job, make no mistake, I am here to MAKE MONEY. When I dash, I’m serious about it. I’ve got 3-4 hours to hustle. Get in. Make money. Get out. Go home!
Last month Uber made some big changes to their driver referral program, but the only problem is they forgot to tell everyone. Sign-up bonuses have always been one of the bright spots for new drivers, since who wouldn’t want an extra $500 for signing up, right? While the process wasn’t perfect and had its flaws, at the end of the day, a lot of people got paid. In fact, it’s one of the main sources of revenue for this blog, so in a way we depend on referrals too.
But over the past few weeks, I have been getting an avalanche of e-mails from new drivers who were not getting paid their sign-up bonus. This in itself isn’t out of the ordinary but after investigating, I found that at the end of July, Uber started testing new driver guaranteed earnings instead of sign-up bonuses in several of its top markets. So what exactly does that mean?
Harry here. Lots of articles this week about self-driving cars upon the heels of Uber’s PR event in Pittsburgh. In case you missed it, I wrote an article yesterday that went in depth on all of the challenges Uber will face when it comes to self-driving cars.
Today RSG senior contributor John Ince shares his weekly rideshare roundup on what the media thought about Uber’s ‘self-driving cars’. Everything from what it’s like to ride around in one to what safety experts with no skin in the game are saying about the latest technology craze.
Uber is working hard to get self-driving cars on the road, but I’m not convinced it will be happening any time soon. This week, in a coordinated PR move, Uber invited 50 reporters from around the country to Pittsburgh to test-drive their ‘self-driving cars’. It made for some great headlines, but these cars were hardly self-driving.
They currently require not one, but two Uber engineers in the car with you while you ride and every account I read had multiple reports of the human driver having to take over. So although the storyline sounds cool, we’re still a lot further off from self-driving cars than Uber would like you to think, and here’s why.