The news hasn’t been good for Uber this week as there have been two separate stories of riders getting kidnapped and/or punched by Uber drivers. Now I know some passengers can get pretty annoying but that doesn’t mean you can punch them! And it goes without saying that they shouldn’t be kidnapped. But in all seriousness, these stories do bring up the larger issue of safety and rideshare. We know that every driver has to pass a background test but that doesn’t mean some whackos don’t slip through the cracks.
It gets worse for women too since generally males are the perpetrators in these types of incidents. I know there are thousands of rides that go down every night without incident but when that one kidnapping or punching happens, it makes us all look bad. And of course the media is going to sensationalize it and make it seem worse than it is so it’s up to the rest of us to put a good name out there for rideshare drivers. We have to go above and beyond the call of duty any time some dumb ass driver does something stupid.
Here are all of the newsworthy rideshare stories of the past week:
Uber CEO: Self-Driving Cars Are the Future, Drivers Are Not – Uber’s CEO made big news this week with his comments but everyone needs to hold up, hold up. If driverless Uber cars do get onto the road, it won’t be for many many years and there will always be passengers who prefer human drivers. I don’t think this is something many of us will have to worry about for 10-30 years but driverless cars are the future. They are more efficient, cost-effective and safe. Uber’s biggest expense right now is driver’s salaries so it only makes sense that they would look at ways to reduce those costs.
How Uber And Lyft Are Trying To Kill Each Other – I wrote earlier this week about how Uber is offering Lyft drivers $500 for one ride and now Lyft is doing the same thing. It seems like right now Uber and Lyft are battling for supremacy but I think they should be focusing on other things like rideshare experience for passengers and drivers or figuring out the whole insurance thing. Ultimately they could probably do a lot more good for ridesharers if they combined powers instead of fighting each other and poaching each other’s passengers and drivers.
Uber, Lyft and Sidecar Operate at SFO Illegally – So apparently it’s illegal to pick up or drop off passengers at airports but to be honest I don’t really care. I still do it all the time but I don’t rock the pink ‘stache like that one idiot in the video. I wonder if TNC’s are still operating illegally at SFO because the airport refuses to meet with them though. There are always two sides to every story.
Every Free Outdoor Concert in LA This Summer – Since I know we have a lot of LA rideshare drivers that read this blog, I thought I’d share this calendar of all the free outdoor concerts happening this summer. Maybe if concert-goers don’t have to spend any money on a ticket, they’ll be more willing to pay for a ride home. This article is also pretty timely because I talked a lot about unique ways to find passengers in my first podcast. If you haven’t listened yet, make sure you check it out.
Uber Moves From Land to Sea – Uber is taking over the world! But in all seriousness, this just shows you the power of ridesharing now that Uber is doing trial runs in markets like water taxi service, food delivery, etc.
You can view all of the other rideshare related articles I read this past week here.
Readers, what do you think about this week’s stories? What interested you most and what do you think was the biggest story of the week? Would you take an Uber late at night if you were a slightly intoxicated woman?
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