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Why everyone is talking about Uber

Why everyone is talking about Uber

Trevor 4 comments

It seems like this is a hot, trending topic that everyone is talking about, but what exactly is Uber?

At first sight, Uber might seem like a regular taxi service, but the reality of the matter is that it is so much more. Uber is an app that connect drivers and users. Need to get a ride from point A to point B? Instead of vigorously trying to get a cab, you can now access the app and and request a driver. Once your request is accepted, someone will pick you up and deliver you to your destination.

So, how is this different from a taxi service?

You could be a driver, making money on the side. You can log into Uber and register as a ‘Driver’, and once your requests goes through, you are given a phone with the ‘Driver App’ and you can choose which hours you want to work, and get paid for driving people around. You can use your own car, and set your own hours.

How much money can I make?

The average hourly rate is $13.36 an hour; and some Uber drivers make up to $3,258 a month.

Person in taxi

How safe is it?

The drivers are put through a three-step criminal background screening for the US- with county, federal and multi-state checks that go back as far as the law allows.

There is no hailing, which means that it is a true door-to-door service.

Anonymous feedback and full accountability: you give feedback anonymously to help drivers improve the Uber experience they deliver. Drivers work hard to keep their ratings high.

Driver profiles for peace of mind. To Ensure that the user is always safe and relaxed by sending the driver’s profile information ahead of time (name, photo, license plate number, and rating).

Insurance: “From the moment you get into any Uber product (e.g. uberX, UberBLACK) to the moment you’re dropped off, your ride is covered by commercial liability insurance. That goes for every trip in every city around the world. In the U.S. specifically, ridesharing has become a popular choice — and Uber is the first company to ensure true end-to-end insurance coverage for ridesharing, with drivers on uberX protected by liability coverage even between trips.”

Vehicle standards: Not any car can be an Uber. It’s a title reserved for the safe, high-quality vehicles that are in exceptional condition.

Other safety standards: Cashless transactions, Drivers rate riders, No Random Pickups

It is currently available in 45 countries.

 

On November 14, 2014 a class action lawsuit was submitted.  The case is Caren Ehret vs. Uber Technologies Inc in U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, No. 14-0113. 

Related article: Uber lawsuit over gratuities 

 

Sources: Uber, Glassdoor

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4 Comments

Trevor

November 12, 2014 at 12:28 pm

[…] For slow moving industries such as transportation, grocery and restaurants- they are now experiencing a substantial boom. Transportation has become incredibly efficient and on demand through services like Uber. […]

Trevor

November 27, 2014 at 12:31 pm

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Trevor

December 9, 2014 at 7:34 am

Well, I did not know about this until now, and it has interested me. First, there is the matter innovation, who would ever imagine that carsharing could become a business? Times are changing definitely. And second, it is about leaving behind old paradigms of “traveling-with-God-knows-who” because you know beforehand who your driver would be; so I think this new trend could be safer than regular cab services, besides opening new opportunities.

Trevor

December 9, 2014 at 6:26 pm

That is absolutely true Ingrid! Uber is about on-demand innovations and new opportunities!

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