Is Uber’s ultimate goal taking over public transit and, if so, why? In this week’s roundup, senior RSG contributor John Ince explains two articles that seem to show Uber heading in a strong public transit direction. Plus, how NYC is not helping the gig economy workers and more.
You’re all probably familiar with popular RSG contributor Dash Bridges, who typically writes and answers reader questions about DoorDash. You may even remember he really prefers DoorDash to Postmates. So we decided to challenge him by asking him to sign up and document his experience with Instacart. What is Instacart, how much does it pay, and what’s the process like? Dash covers it all here!
I’m going to be honest with you, my valued readers. The low-hanging fruit of DoorDash articles, i.e. “Tips to Maximize Your DoorDash Cash”, are gone. Other than compensation initiatives or comparing earnings over time, there isn’t a lot of breaking news for Dashing. You sign in. You receive orders. You deliver orders. You wait for your next order. Then at some point, you sign out and go home. Not much fertile ground.
Thankfully, to challenge my ennui, the Rideshare Guy High Council of Elders proposed an honorable endeavor. “Wanna try Instacart and write about your experience?”
“Sure. OK.” (And then to self, “What’s Instacart again?”)
Uber recently announced it would be raising rates on passengers in certain markets, which made us curious: would drivers see a corresponding increase? Senior RSG contributor Christian Perea breaks the latest news and what it means for drivers.
Last Friday, Uber informed drivers in Louisiana and Florida that they were going to be raising prices for passengers – but rates for drivers would remain the same.
Fortunately, UberMan was around for the Friday bad-news-dump and got this excellent video out for drivers.
It turns out that most drivers saw a very teeny-tiny, slight increase in their pay. Usually of about a penny per mile or minute!
Don’t have a car, or temporarily without a car, but want to drive rideshare? How does $5 an hour to rent a car sound like to you? Senior RSG contributor Christian Perea tested Getaround, a rental car service for Uber drivers, and explains how it works, what you can expect when signing up to drive, and how you can maximize your earnings.
For only $5 an hour you can pay for the privilege to rent a car and pound the streets of San Francisco as a bonafide Uber driver seeking profits and adventure.
Is it even worth it? Seems a little strange paying Uber for the privilege of shuttling around a bunch of techies. I decided to try it to find out for myself to see how great (or terrible) it is.
Getaround and Uber recently partnered up in San Francisco to offer cars that almost anyone can use to drive for Uber. They’re dispersed all throughout SF, Oakland, and Berkeley, and you can just go on ahead and walk up, unlock the car from your phone via the Getaround app, and proceed to drive them for Uber for as little or as long as you want.
As of now, this partnership between Getaround and Uber is only available in San Francisco, but you can find a list of rental and leasing options nationwide on our Vehicle Marketplace. And I suspect if this goes well, they will roll it out to other cities.
Last week was a busy one: first, the bombshell announcement by MIT. That story created an interesting conversation and, while not entirely accurate, brought to light some of the struggles facing us as drivers. Today, senior contributor John Ince keeps busy with the MIT study, the response to it, plus Uber’s financial woes.