Much like Uber’s new ‘Quiet Mode’, this week in rideshare news is much quieter than previous weeks have been. Senior RSG contributor John Ince covers the new ‘quiet’ mode, a potentially devastating blow to the independent contractor debate, and how drivers are (not) gaming the system.
The spotlight is all on Uber this week, from its first day of trading on Friday to the strike (against Uber and Lyft on Thursday) and more. Senior RSG contributor John Ince covers Uber’s trading news, plus who is controlling the narrative nowadays, in this week’s round up.
In this week’s round up, senior RSG contributor John Ince discusses the upcoming strikes scheduled for May 8, Uber and Lyft’s IPO troubles, and the driver hiring freeze in New York City.
One of the toughest parts about studying a company like Uber is variability – driver experience, pay, satisfaction, etc. all vary greatly depending on which drivers you talk to. This means you’d have to talk to a wide variety of drivers to really get a pulse on what they’re thinking. Recently, we spoke to author Alex Rosenblat about her book, Uberland: How Algorithms are Rewriting the Rules of Work. Below, senior RSG contributor John Ince summarizes why you must read Uberland.
I’ve now been writing the weekly news roundups at the Rideshare Guy for over four years. For much of that time, I’ve also been a part time driver and seen firsthand the type of questionable tactics and practices used by Uber (and Lyft) to manipulate driver behavior, all the while calling drivers “independent contractors.” This kind of verbal jiu jitsu saves the companies billions that they would other wise have to pay drivers in maintenance, paid vacations, insurance and so on. During much of this period, I’ve been collecting stories and data and I’ve been quietly and methodically putting it all together for a book that I had intended to call, “Uber Scheme: Ripoff Reimagined.”
But after reading Alex Rosenblat’s book, Uberland: How Algorithms are Rewriting the Rules of Work, I feel a sense of relief. Why? Because I no longer have to write my book. Ms. Rosenblat has done it for me. Quite simply: this book is a masterpiece.
In this week’s round up, senior RSG contributor John Ince covers Uber’s IPO and (pipe-dream?) valuation, plus how companies like Toyota and Tesla are doubling down on the idea of autonomous vehicles. How likely is this all to happen? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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