Author Topic: Some More Uber Propaganda/PR  (Read 405 times)

YELLO

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 430
    • View Profile
Some More Uber Propaganda/PR
« on: October 22, 2018, 05:18:34 PM »
Uber plans to begin drone food delivery by 2021

A variety of ambitions may play well with investors looking to buy into the company’s looming IPO.


A job ad spotted over the weekend pinpointed 2021 as Uber’s target for its first drone delivery, and said the ride-sharing behemoth is searching for someone to lead “Flight Standards and Training.”

The ad also refers to the company’s internal name for the drone-delivery program: “UberExpress.”

In a statement to The Post, an Uber spokesperson said the job listing — which is now deleted — “did not fully reflect our program, which is still in very early days.”

“We are excited about the program and potential of Eats drone delivery, which is currently in the experimental phase of the FAA’s Integration Pilot Program,” the spokesperson said.

Uber Eats, which was recently valued as high as $20 billion in Uber IPO proposals, allows customers to order delivery from restaurants directly in their homes.


https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://nypost.com/2018/10/22/uber-plans-to-begin-drone-food-delivery-by-2021/amp/&ved=2ahUKEwiSpZ2A-JreAhWwtlkKHZOqC1IQiJQBMAB6BAgIEAQ&usg=AOvVaw3p9D1LNOEayJWuUqYYWDEz&ampcf=1


YELLO

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 430
    • View Profile
Re: Some More Uber Propaganda/PR
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2018, 12:11:49 PM »
Uber will charge its customers in London an extra 15p per mile on every trip to help its drivers buy electric cars.

The ride-hailing app hopes to create a Ł200m fund from the levy to encourage almost half of its 45,000 drivers to use fully electric vehicles by 2021. The firm hopes its London fleet will be fully electric by 2025.

Uber said the clean air fee would mean an extra 45p on the average three-mile trip in the capital, on top of normal fares, but every penny would go towards helping drivers upgrade their vehicles or other green initiatives should that money not be used.

The fund was announced as part of a clean air plan, as Uber continues its efforts to prove itself to Transport for London after it initially decided not to renew its licence to operate last year.

However, Khosrowshahi said Uber would continue to resist proposals to make its drivers liable for London’s congestion charge, unless black cabs were also forced to pay.

Under Uber’s new scheme, each driver will in effect have their own savings account towards the purchase of an electrical vehicle, based on the number of miles driven. A driver using Uber’s app for an average of 40 hours per week could expect to save about Ł3,000 towards a new electric vehicle in two years.

Khosrowshahi said: “It’s our goal to help people replace their car with their phone by offering a range of mobility options – whether cars, bikes, scooters or public transport – all in the Uber app.”

The IWGB union, which represents private hire drivers, said: “We are very concerned that this latest PR move from Uber will lure drivers deeper into debt, as they struggle to finance expensive vehicles on below minimum wage income. The answer to London’s growing congestion and pollution problem is for the government and the mayor to resolutely commit to capping minicab numbers in London.

“Drivers have long ago given up on Uber to do the right thing and that is why so many will be joining our march next week with other precarious workers, as we get ready to face down yet another appeal from Uber on the worker rights case we already won on two occasions.”


https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=http://www.alphr.com/uber/1010082/uber-introduces-15p-clean-air-fee-on-london-fares%3Famp&ved=0ahUKEwj07Zz9-JzeAhVts1kKHTdPA6UQyM8BCDMwAw&usg=AOvVaw0z6523rQtv02pn6RssT9IW&ampcf=1

« Last Edit: October 23, 2018, 12:24:16 PM by YELLO »

YELLO

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 430
    • View Profile
Re: Some More Uber Propaganda/PR
« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2018, 04:08:16 PM »

Uber’s shot at replacing personal car ownership starts with Jump Bikes

E-bikes and scooters are a key part of the company’s pivot from ride-hailing giant to mobility platform–and integral to its future vision for cities.

“The goal is to make these ubiquitous, so they become a real alternative to transport in general, but especially car transport,” Khosrowshahi.

“One of the most important factors that convinced me we’ve got to get Jump is that the average length of trip is 2.7 miles,” says Khosrowshahi. “Thirty-five percent to 40% of Uber rides are 2.7 miles or less. So this product can sit right on top of the Uber product. My attitude is you can either cannibalize yourself, or someone else cannibalizes you.”

Uber’s goal is to make its app a one-stop shop for all urban transport, whether it’s by bike, scooter, car, subway, bus, rickshaw, flying taxi, and whatever other mode comes along. According to Rachel Holt, Uber’s head of new mobility, the company has “very aggressive expansion plans” for Jump, and they’re not just limited to bikes. In early October, the first Jump scooters became available in Santa Monica, California, and the company expects to roll out e-bikes and scooters in more cities both in the U.S. and in Europe at an increasingly rapid rate over the next year.

Bikes and scooters have the benefit of eliminating one of the most challenging economic elements of the ride-hailing model: the driver. They also have the potential to work synergistically with Uber’s existing offerings. Holt mentions the possibility of offering free or low-priced bike or scooter rides in order to get users to locations where an UberPool ride can pick them up without going out of its way.
This all feeds into the larger role that Uber sees Jump playing in its future. As Khosrowshahi explains, “If you think about our business from a 10-year-plus standpoint, and if you think that we’re the partner for cities in figuring out their transport grid, using a car for one person, for a short distance, is a really bad use of that car. So while it’s in our financial interest in the short term for somebody [to] use an UberX, if you think about sustainable business, it’s these short [bike and scooter] trips, more environmentally friendly, better for the city, that we should be doing.”

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://amp.fastcompany.com/90254182/ubers-shot-at-replacing-personal-car-ownership-starts-with-jump-bikes&ved=2ahUKEwjMrdqprZ3eAhUH11kKHdGBB4kQyM8BMAB6BAgJEAQ&usg=AOvVaw3ihA7ySA43U84OFBsb4J-1&ampcf=1

YELLO

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 430
    • View Profile
Re: Some More Uber Propaganda/PR
« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2018, 08:07:22 AM »
Uber Eats aims to cover 70 percent of U.S. by year's end.

The latest rollout was accompanied with the introduction of a self-signup tool to get restaurants on the service.

"We can’t wait to invite restaurants in these cities to leverage the speed of Uber Eats to reach new customers. As part of this roll out, we're also announcing a new self-signup tool, so as Uber Eats becomes available in these new U.S. cities, restaurants can upload their menus, get set-up and started doing deliveries quicker than before," stated an email release from Uber Eats.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.fastcasual.com/news/uber-eats-aims-to-cover-70-percent-of-us-by-years-end/&ved=0ahUKEwitsOO4hJ_eAhXRTd8KHYBzBOg4ChDF9AEIQTAG&usg=AOvVaw18E1DB9eu1O--ztlzkScyo

YELLO

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 430
    • View Profile
Re: Some More Uber Propaganda/PR
« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2018, 05:05:26 PM »
Can Uber and Lyft Be a Climate Solution?

Governor Brown signed several pieces of legislation this year on clean energy and transportation and one of those, signed on a boat in San Francisco bay on a windy afternoon, was squarely aimed at ensuring ride-hailing companies contribute to California’s climate efforts.  The California Clean Miles Standard and Incentive Program (SB 1014 authored by Senator Skinner) brings ride-hailing companies into the climate solutions fold by establishing decreasing climate emissions targets (yet to be determined) for companies like Uber and Lyft. This ground-breaking legislation is the first of its kind, and sets an important example for how the increasingly popular transportation option of ride-hailing can help accelerate emission reductions from transportation, rather than exacerbate them.

App-based on-demand ride services (aka ride-hailing) have been a huge boon to mobility for millions of people, providing a convenient option for getting from point A to point B. But these services also have implications for the amount of global warming emissions coming from transportation. And since transportation climate emissions in California are growing and now account for more than 40% of statewide emissions, getting a handle on this source of pollution is critical.

Ultimately, ride-hailing services will make the biggest contributions to reducing climate pollution from transportation if they lead to more pooled rides, less overall VMT, more vehicle electrification, greater utilization of mass transit and more biking, walking or scooting. But that outcome is far from guaranteed without clear public policy direction.  And that’s just what SB1014 is designed to provide.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://blog.ucsusa.org/don-anair/can-uber-and-lyft-be-a-climate-solution&ved=2ahUKEwi4uIDU_J_eAhVqZN8KHeZoDCMQxfQBMAB6BAgKEAQ&usg=AOvVaw1610qW7G6Gl9bgv_amzDud&cshid=1540415115544
« Last Edit: October 24, 2018, 05:07:56 PM by YELLO »

YELLO

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 430
    • View Profile
Re: Some More Uber Propaganda/PR
« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2018, 04:07:21 PM »

Uber now offers carpooling discounts in outer NYC boroughs.
Uber has a plan to make rides more affordable in the outer boroughs — if you’re willing to walk a couple of extra blocks, that is.

Beginning on Thursday at 1 p.m., Uber Pool riders in The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island will get offered 10 to 20 percent off their fare in exchange for agreeing to walk to a nearby pickup point,.

The changes to Pool are the latest effort by Uber to boost service in the Big Apple. Last month, it rolled out a fleet of city-mapping cars equipped with roof-mounted 360-degree cameras to map streets and intersections in the Big Apple and nearby suburbs.



https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://nypost.com/2018/10/25/uber-now-offers-carpooling-discounts-in-outer-nyc-boroughs/amp/&ved=2ahUKEwjv_4SrsaLeAhXst1kKHc9DBpEQyM8BMAF6BAgEEAQ&usg=AOvVaw2zxhVBTDOXQwg7qk767WIn&ampcf=1

YELLO

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 430
    • View Profile
Re: Some More Uber Propaganda/PR
« Reply #6 on: October 25, 2018, 07:56:51 PM »
UBER LATEST COMPANY TO LAUNCH ELECTRONIC SCOOTERS IN AUSTIN.

Uber announced the launch of their new e-scooters, JUMP, in Austin, making them the only company offering both e-bikes and e-scooters in Austin.
To support their new launch, Uber will be offering free 30 minute rides till Nov. 11. After 30 min, a rider will be charged $0.15 for each minute after. A maximum of 5 free rides per day is permitted.

The launch of electronic scooters in the Austin-area hasn't been without controversy. In August, KVUE reported that doctors were seeing a spike in patients having scooter-related injuries. Some Austinites also complained that occasionally they find scooters parked in areas that are hazardous to pedestrians and people with special needs.

To encourage safety, Uber is giving away free helmets and distributing educational resources to riders on how to follow the city’s guidelines for safe practices.

Two other e-scooters made their way to Austin earlier this year -- Lime and Bird.

Remember: Since June 2018, Mr. Chhabra is the Sr. Director/Head of Public Affairs at Bird. Bird is a dockless scooter-share company based in Santa Monica, California. It operates electric scooters in cities throughout North America, at a cost of one dollar to rent plus fifteen to twenty cents per minute. Bird was founded in 2017 by Travis VanderZanden, formerly an executive at Lyft and at Uber.
In June 2018 after 4 years and 2 months Mr. Chhabra left his position at Uber where he was Head of Policy Development and Community Engagement; Director,  Self-Driving Policy.



https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.kvue.com/amp/article%3Fsection%3Dnews%26subsection%3Dlocal%26headline%3Duber-latest-company-to-launch-electronic-scooters-in-austin%26contentId%3D269-607998746&ved=0ahUKEwihsOa646LeAhUBT98KHRJJDrcQyM8BCCQwAA&usg=AOvVaw3bPIN96g4YQ_bsSLDht3d3&ampcf=1

YELLO

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 430
    • View Profile
Re: Some More Uber Propaganda/PR
« Reply #7 on: October 25, 2018, 08:05:04 PM »
Uber’s Lion City Rentals to lease cars to public, dismisses suggestion it is a desperate move?

Ahead of more upheaval to the ride-hailing scene in Singapore, Uber’s car rental arm Lion City Rentals said on Thursday (Oct 25) that it is leasing its cars to the public.

Its rates are among the most attractive in town and come with various rebates and incentives, but general manager Pascal Ly dismissed the suggestion that its latest business decision was borne out of desperation.

Lion City Rentals was set up in 2015 and remains an Uber subsidiary.

Transport analyst Park Byung Joon from the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) said that while desperate “might be too strong a word” to describe Lion City Rentals’ new pivot, “it is not far off from the situation”.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/ubers-lion-city-rentals-rent-out-cars-casual-drivers-dismisses-suggestion-it-desperate&ved=0ahUKEwihsOa646LeAhUBT98KHRJJDrcQxfQBCEcwBw&usg=AOvVaw0A_HG3h1rZaIzKr4FBFA7X

YELLO

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 430
    • View Profile
Re: Some More Uber Propaganda/PR
« Reply #8 on: October 29, 2018, 02:01:36 PM »


The Lagos State government and ride hailing giant, Uber at the weekend in Lagos, unveiled a strategic partnership designed to create business and economic opportunities for individuals and provide support for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and startups.

The state, through the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF), is partnering the firm in a programme tagged: UBERPITCH, an initiative that would create opportunities for  entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas, learn from highly successful business leaders and potentially get capital to effectively run their business.

Speaking on the partnership with reporters, Uber General Manager for West Africa, Lola Kassim, said it was in line with Uber’s clear commitment to Africa with the goal of continually creating business and economic opportunities for all.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=http://thenationonlineng.net/lagos-uber-provide-lifeline-for-smes-start-ups/&ved=0ahUKEwio8pKdm6zeAhXOtVMKHeJpCV0QxfQBCCUwAA&usg=AOvVaw1R4o_XmRETIQpAdCJzvPjF

YELLO

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 430
    • View Profile
Re: Some More Uber Propaganda/PR
« Reply #9 on: October 30, 2018, 09:20:54 AM »


Uber May Launch Customer Loyalty Program with an Option to Lock in Lower Prices Between Two Places

Last month, we found some strings during an APK teardown of the Uber app, hinting at a rewards program for riders. We have managed to find out some more details regarding the rewards program thanks to a teardown of the latest 4.235.10001 version of the Uber app.

The new strings discovered in the latest version of the Uber app reveal riders eligible for the loyalty program will be able to avail locked lower prices on hailing UberX rides between two places. Once you unlock the loyalty price reward, you will be asked to choose two places that you ride between the most. After you are done with the setup, you will be able to lock in lower UberX prices whenever you go either way. As we mentioned in our previous report, the rewards program for riders will be divided into three tiers – Silver, Gold, and Diamond. Uber riders will be able to unlock additional benefits as they move up to a higher tier. One of the benefits, as revealed by the strings below, will be locking in lower UberX prices between two places. The rest of the benefits, however, remain a mystery currently.

Since the latest version of the rider app includes some new strings hinting at a loyalty program for riders, there is a good chance that Uber may decide to launch the program by the end of the year. That said, we should keep in mind that Uber has not officially confirmed a rewards program for riders.  The ride-hailing company did introduce Ridesmart Rewards in India a few weeks back, but the program requires riders to pay a nominal amount to pick a package. For now, these rewards are only available to select riders. Ridesmart Rewards include deals on Uber rides, discount and cashback offers on Paytm, as well as surprise discounts on Uber Eats orders. Currently, riders can purchase Ridesmart Rewards packages in the Uber app only using their Paytm wallet.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.mysmartprice.com/gear/uber-loyalty-program/amp/&ved=0ahUKEwjU-MyboK7eAhVClVkKHRmnDdcQyM8BCCUwAA&usg=AOvVaw3GFQ3t-7gf_-kDVjNdWa0V&ampcf=1

YELLO

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 430
    • View Profile
Re: Some More Uber Propaganda/PR
« Reply #10 on: October 31, 2018, 11:27:43 AM »
About Uber
Uber’s mission is to bring reliable transportation to everywhere, for everyone. We started in 2010 to solve a simple problem: how do you get a ride at the touch of a button? More than eight years and five billion trips later, we’ve started tackling an even greater challenge: reducing congestion and pollution in our cities by getting more people into fewer cars.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://media.ford.com/content/fordmedia/fna/us/en/news/2018/09/26/ford-uber-and-lyft-agreement-data.html&ved=2ahUKEwi6-YzK7rDeAhVyT98KHQDgAiQQFjAAegQIAhAB&usg=AOvVaw0REQKir1oNvYFAcIi1JgYb&cshid=1540999647896

YELLO

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 430
    • View Profile
Re: Some More Uber Propaganda/PR
« Reply #11 on: October 31, 2018, 12:28:51 PM »
Uber’s $15 monthly subscription plan offers discounted rates.

If you use Uber a lot in Los Angeles, Austin, Orlando, Denver or Miami, then a new Ride Pass can net you a flat rate on UberX and UberPool trips, offering savings of up to 15 percent. Ride Pass will run users $14.99 a month ($24.99 for Los Angeles residents). Rates will be based on historical data and will not increase due to weather, traffic, or surge pricing. Riders in LA will have to front a higher cost as they'll get additional benefits on e-bikes and scooters -- for no additional cost. And there's no limit to the number of rides Ride Pass users can take.

According to The Verge, drivers will still be making the same money, meaning that Uber will be eating the costs. It's an interesting move for the ride-hailing service as it reportedly lost $891 million this past quarter. And having to pay another $148 million due to the 2016 data breach doesn't help either. But the company continues to diversify, with the electric scooter market as its latest attempt at increasing revenue.


https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.engadget.com/amp/2018/10/30/uber-launches-ride-pass-subscription/&ved=2ahUKEwi3hOWcjLHeAhUHSN8KHde4C2IQiJQBMAB6BAgIEAQ&usg=AOvVaw0vsowdrf4ocEDkNqhCxHxS&ampcf=1
« Last Edit: October 31, 2018, 08:08:33 PM by nyctaxinews »

YELLO

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 430
    • View Profile
Re: Some More Uber Propaganda/PR
« Reply #12 on: November 01, 2018, 01:32:01 PM »
 Uber drivers will be able to pursue higher education through a new partnership between the ridesharing app and Arizona State University.

Both parties announced the start of a pilot program Thursday in which eligible drivers can take ASU classes online with the cost of tuition fully covered.

According to a news release, the money will come from Uber, ASU and aid programs.
The program will launch in eight places including Phoenix, Denver, Chicago, Seattle, New Orleans, Orlando, Tampa and New Jersey.

Drivers who have done at least 3,000 rides and have “platinum” or higher status are eligible.

An applicant can earn a degree or go through a continuing education program.

Drivers can also choose to transfer the opportunity to a family member such as a spouse, sibling or domestic partner.


The tuition plan is part of a larger roll-out from Uber on Thursday of a program the company is calling Uber Pro, where drivers will be able to get rewards by earning points and moving up in status levels, from partner to gold to platinum to diamond.

ASU will require Uber drivers who want to use the program to fill out a federal financial-aid form and use existing programs the drivers qualify for, such as Pell grants or other federal programs, said Phil Regier, the university’s dean for educational initiatives and CEO of EdPlus, which includes ASU Online.

ASU also will provide scholarships for each driver and put together a financial-aid package.

Any money that’s left unpaid by aid programs and ASU scholarships will be covered by Uber, Regier said.

Because Uber will bring a large pool of potential students, ASU saves costs on connecting with students one by one, Regier said. The savings are passed on to Uber drivers in the form of a tuition reduction, he said.

Added costs like books and technology would be covered by the drivers. The drivers also would have to pay applicable income taxes on the tuition coverage, ASU’s website on the Uber program says.

Regier said the tuition-program pilot ends in April 2019 and should expand nationwide after that.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://amp.azcentral.com/amp/1823528002&ved=2ahUKEwiBs7Wo27PeAhXqdN8KHRgQAtAQqUMwBXoECAkQEQ&usg=AOvVaw0UNb3ob4cpYcQHQvwgCO37



YELLO

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 430
    • View Profile
Re: Some More Uber Propaganda/PR
« Reply #13 on: November 01, 2018, 01:47:07 PM »
Over the years, Uber has made one thing abundantly clear: The ride-hailing company’s relationship with its drivers is not boss-to-employee. Traditional employers—in the U.S. at least—generally offer healthcare, regular salaries, and benefits to full-time workers. Uber’s only real stated obligation is to program an app.

But recently, the company has been working to tighten its bond with the workers that use it. The latest example came today, when Uber announced it will begin providing a new perk to eligible drivers (or their loved ones): free online education through Arizona State University. That’s the biggest benefit of many that will be doled out through the company’s new driver performance rating system, Uber Pro. The company begins beta-testing the system in eight regions this week.

“This is a new way for us to recognize drivers on Uber who have really shown their commitment, and the quality service that they’ve delivered,” said Ali Wiezbowski, Uber’s product lead.

Many traditional companies reimburse their employees for continuing ed opportunities, but Uber is the first ride-hailing company to offer an education package this robust. Last year, the firm’s main U.S. rival, Lyft, started offering discounts and some federal financial aid towards certain online education programs, shaving off thousands but not eliminating costs entirely. The closest parallel to Uber’s initiative may be the one offered by Starbucks, which has partnered with ASU since 2014 to offer free online tuition to about 7,200 employees working an average of 20 hours a week through its College Achievement Plan. After a session wraps up later this fall, that program will have graduated more than 2,000 Starbucks students, estimates Phil Regier, dean for educational initiatives at ASU. Through the Starbucks plan, however, only employees who are also veterans or active military can transfer their credit to family members.

Once Uber Pro’s pilot period is over, Regier says, Uber’s model could reach Starbucks’ scale or surpass it. He called the program “groundbreaking.”

The scholarships program could be a win-win for the scandal-plagued brand and its cash-strapped drivers. Since the ouster of controversial founder Travis Kalanick in 2017 and the arrival of current CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, Uber has been engaged in a safety- and sustainability-focused charm offensive. Free driver tuition fits in with that makeover. “The honest answer is that consumers don’t want to use their service if they don’t feel good about the drivers,” Regier said. “And one way to feel good about the drivers is to know that Uber as a company is treating its drivers well.”

The ASU partnership has improved Starbucks’ reputation among customers already, he said. The university has helped with other sorts of corporate damage control: After a Starbucks employee called the police on two black men waiting for a friend in a Philadelphia shop, the pair were given free ASU tuition as part of their settlement.

Uber could be making a bet that, to get the full ride, drivers will stay on the road—not only in order to unlock the scholarship, but also to get the most out of the education. Companies invest in tuition benefits to increase the value of each employee‚ according to a 2002 working paper by Peter Cappelli, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. In Uber’s case, drivers might perform better if their English skills improve. Starbucks employees who go to ASU have advanced within the company at three times the rate of other partners, said Regier. Those “quality” employees might also choose to “stay on the job longer, at least in part to keep making use of that benefit,” Cappelli writes.

That could help give Uber an edge, because there’s currently a lot of driver turnover. One study found that 68 percent of Uber drivers leave after six months on the job; another revealed that 60 percent of people participate in the transportation gig economy for only three or fewer months per year.

Uber drivers have no obligation to stay with Uber once their degree is complete, said Wiezbowski. To remain eligible for their scholarships, though, drivers do have to maintain their Platinum or Diamond status while taking classes. (If “life happens,” she says, they can take a three-month break from the app.)

Uber has long insisted that it’s merely a technological middleman connecting self-employed drivers with their passengers, but that relationship appears to be shifting. Drivers in the U.K. went on strike this month over better pay and conditions, arguing that they deserve the same treatment as workers, not independent contractors—and that some of them had been booted unfairly from the app.

Since Khosrowshahi took over last year, Uber has begun to acknowledge its outsize role in drivers’ lives, working to improve its reputation among workers and expand supports for them. With more clearly defined incentives and paths to success, the new Uber Pro platform could provide greater transparency to drivers who distrust the algorithmic overlord that rules them. The scholarship program could certainly help sell Uber’s benevolent rebrand. But it could also be a sign that, to make their businesses more humane, even brash gig-economy companies are looking to more traditional employers for direction.


https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.citylab.com/amp/article/574354/&ved=0ahUKEwipn67x3bPeAhWDMd8KHdpQCAEQyM8BCCUwAA&usg=AOvVaw19qI6yqV30O_cKaIiigrIC&ampcf=1

Antieuba

  • Administrator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 71
    • View Profile
Re: Some More Uber Propaganda/PR
« Reply #14 on: November 01, 2018, 05:38:52 PM »
With a 96% attrition rate after one year hardly any drivers would qualify.

And, oh yeah, Arizona was where Uber had its self driving program that ended in death.

Guess they have a “special” relationship with Arizona.

YELLO

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 430
    • View Profile
Re: Some More Uber Propaganda/PR
« Reply #15 on: November 02, 2018, 12:51:36 PM »
Uber wants to resume self-driving car tests on public roads.

Uber wants to restart testing autonomous vehicles on public roads nearly eight months after one of its SUVs hit and killed an Arizona pedestrian.

The company has filed an application with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to test in Pittsburgh. It also issued a lengthy safety report pledging to put two human backup drivers in each vehicle and take a raft of other safety precautions.

"Our goal is to really work to regain that trust and to work to help move the entire industry forward," Noah Noah Zych, Uber's head of system safety for self-driving cars, said in an interview. "We think the right thing to do is to be open and transparent about the things that we are doing."

Among the other precautions Uber will take are keeping the autonomous vehicle system engaged at all times and activating the Volvo's automatic emergency braking system as a backup.

In addition, Uber is requiring more technical training and expertise of employees sitting behind the wheel of the vehicles, calling them "mission specialists," according to a 70-page safety report the company released Friday.

The report comes after the ride-hailing company shut down autonomous vehicle testing to do an internal review of its safety procedures, as well as an outside review by risk management firm LeClairRyan.

The company said it is focused on restarting tests in Pittsburgh, where it has an autonomous vehicle development center. Later it will discuss resumption in Arizona, California and Toronto, Ontario, its other test sites. Arizona suspended the company's permission to test after the crash.

"We are engaging with the city, with the officials, and are very eager, I think, to ensure that we make a return to the road in self-driving mode in consultation and close partnership with them," said Miriam Chaum, head of public policy for Uber's self-driving vehicles.

The company also promised in its reports that it would reduce the time delay between when its autonomous vehicle sensors spot a person or object and action is taken by its computer system. Uber said it improved its performance of its system so it can better predict what a person, vehicle or other object will do as the autonomous vehicle approaches. "We are now able to detect objects and actors sooner and execute safe reactions faster," the company said in a report.

Backup drivers will now be interviewed about safety before they're hired. They'll also be monitored by a camera in real time to ensure they're paying attention, Zych said. The company, he said, did a lot of work to make sure the Volvo braking system could operate at the same time as the Uber self-driving system.

Although Uber has announced a partnership with Toyota to develop autonomous vehicles, only Uber's system would be active in Pittsburgh, Zych said.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2018/11/02/us/ap-us-uber-autonomous-vehicles.html&ved=2ahUKEwjlsqK6lLbeAhUrmeAKHbkWCxwQFjACegQIAhAB&usg=AOvVaw2KWqWFQIzyfYjW9Vcz9kIQ&cshid=1541177481186
« Last Edit: November 02, 2018, 02:50:30 PM by YELLO »

YELLO

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 430
    • View Profile
Re: Some More Uber Propaganda/PR
« Reply #16 on: November 02, 2018, 03:38:26 PM »
With IPO in its sights, Uber works to win over drivers, riders, and businesses

Uber found itself back in court on Tuesday as the ride-hailing company sought to reverse a 2016 U.K. decision that ruled its drivers should be classed as workers rather than self-employed contractors.

The long-drawn-out saga serves as a firm reminder that while CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has worked hard to transform the company’s reputation in the year he’s been in charge, Uber is still often in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons.

But as the company plows forward with plans to go public in 2019, it is seeking to ingratiate itself with everyone it needs to keep happy: drivers, riders, and even businesses.

Driving force
Uber has faced mounting criticism over the amount its drivers take home after expenses and taxes, which is perhaps partly why it announced a partnership with Cargo earlier this year to enable drivers to sell goods to riders from inside their car and make more money.

Uber hasn’t just been setting out to keep drivers happy, though. In many markets, the company faces increased competition from rivals such as Didi, which is continuing its expansion outside China, so its fair to say Uber is particularly sensitive to anyone trying to eat its lunch.

Business as usual
Uber is best known for its ride-hailing services, but the company has also re-appropriated its transport infrastructure to offer numerous other services. One of those is Uber Eats, launched four years ago as UberFresh, which is growing into an absolute monster in its own right.
According to some reports last year, Uber Eats now constitutes at least 10 percent of Uber’s global gross bookings, though this figure could be a lot higher, as Khosrowshahi recently revealed Uber Eats is growing at 200 percent a year and now has a run rate of $6 billion in annual bookings.

While consumer growth will be pivotal for Uber Eats as it pushes to expand to 70 percent of the U.S. market by the end of 2018, businesses are also keeping a keen eye on Uber’s on-demand food service.

Yesterday, Uber launched Uber Eats for Business to help companies manage their employees’ food orders. From the company’s perspective, the new service means admins can more easily manage their employee expenses because everything is automated as soon as a food order is placed. Additionally, Uber Eats for Business gives companies the power to set parameters on things like per-meal budget and what time of day meals can be ordered.

Furthermore, the new offering integrates seamlessly into the normal consumer Uber Eats app, meaning employees can toggle between their personal and work-based food accounts.
The global food-delivery market is a $100 billion industry. Uber Eats is already considered the fastest-growing food delivery service in the U.S. alone, and it’s quickly catching up with GrubHub.

According to Uber’s longtime expensing partner SAP Concur, Uber Eats orders via business expenses have grown 700 percent in the past year. With Uber Eats for Business now in operation, these numbers could go through the roof.

Pre-IPO
Uber is still a long way from profitable, and the company knows that to reach that goal ahead of its highly anticipated IPO next year, it will need to work hard to keep everyone happy. If drivers aren’t content, they may jump ship to a rival. If customers aren’t happy, well, they may also defect to a competitor.

Businesses are spoilt for choice in terms of food ordering services. Uber knows that, and it wants to make it as easy as possible for companies and their employees to use its service.

Whichever way you slice and dice it, Uber’s business holds lucrative potential, even if it’s not yet turning a profit. And as it gears up to hit  public markets at some point in 2019, Uber is shoring up its business interests to ensure it rides into Wall Street on a high.

We can likely expect a bunch more initiatives in the coming months as Uber pulls out all the stops to keep everyone sweet.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://venturebeat.com/2018/11/02/with-ipo-in-its-sights-uber-works-to-win-over-drivers-riders-and-businesses/amp/&ved=2ahUKEwir3OzKt7beAhUNUt8KHck5B4YQFjABegQIBhAB&usg=AOvVaw18tty-OAunAHJLBOH7ED3y&ampcf=1

Antieuba

  • Administrator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 71
    • View Profile
Re: Some More Uber Propaganda/PR
« Reply #17 on: November 03, 2018, 09:52:53 AM »
Can’t hardly wait for the IPO - to sell it short!

YELLO

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 430
    • View Profile
Re: Some More Uber Propaganda/PR
« Reply #18 on: November 04, 2018, 06:51:35 PM »

Uber ‘has changed’ and is willing to work with Hong Kong government.

Controversial ride-hailing firm Uber has called for a partnership with the Hong Kong government to address the city’s mobility future as it vowed to change its unruly behaviour and to mend relations with the local taxi industry.

In an interview with the Post, Emilie Potvin, head of strategy and planning for Asia-Pacific, expressed the firm’s wish for dialogue with the government about how it could offer solutions for Hong Kong’s plans to become a smart city, an objective set out by Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor.

Potvin said Uber was particularly happy to see Lam’s recent announcement of a review of outdated laws that impede the development of innovation and technology.


An important objective in promoting smart city development is to enhance the government’s capability in innovation and the standard of city management,” Lam said in the policy address.

“We got very excited … We think that this is a step in the right direction,” Potvin said.


When we looked at her policy address, we were able to see that there are a lot of synergies between our company and some of the objectives that she put forward,” she asserted.


Potvin also stressed that Uber too aims to build “smart cities of tomorrow”. “What do smart cities of the 21st century look like? Mobility is a big part of that,” she said.

Potvin insisted that Uber saw hopes to form a partnership with the Hong Kong government in achieving its objectives, and having a dialogue was the starting point.

But Uber has struggled to get a break in Hong Kong where ride-sharing is illegal. The city, with a population of over 7 million, is served by over 18,000 licensed taxis and about 40,000 drivers.

With about 30,000 drivers registered with Uber in Hong Kong, they risk being prosecuted for carrying passengers for reward without a hire-car permit.

However, the current private car-rental permit scheme is capped at 1,500 with stringent requirements for eligibility, something that Potvin argued does not make sense and should be reviewed to allow Uber to be regulated in Hong Kong.

Uber Hong Kong is also engaging in dialogue with some taxi operators about the possibility of forming a working partnership. The local taxi sector has vehemently opposed Uber’s entry to the city’s transport market saying the firm would threaten their survival.

We need to have a dialogue with taxis because if we live in a world where it is Uber versus Taxis, it’s not good for anybody,” she said.

However, Potvin was upbeat about Uber prospects of eventually resolving its conflicts with the local taxi industry, whom she said would benefit from working under a joint platform with Uber.


https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://amp.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/transport/article/2171602/uber-says-it-has-changed-its-ways-and-willing-partner-hong&ved=0ahUKEwjCisyQ97veAhVBuFMKHQaPAQsQyM8BCCowAQ&usg=AOvVaw0vuBQMir2pphC4d_eXQc1k&ampcf=1

YELLO

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 430
    • View Profile
Re: Some More Uber Propaganda/PR
« Reply #19 on: November 08, 2018, 06:44:34 PM »

Uber flags 14-minute Melbourne to Geelong flights with UberAIR at Strong Australia Geelong

While the state government and opposition talk up 30-minute train rides between Geelong and Melbourne, Uber's touting a new aerial service that could make that thirty minute trip seem like a slow crawl.

The company says it's still-in-development UberAir ridesharing service would be capable of making the trip from Geelong the Melbourne's CBD in just 14 minutes.

It's all pie-in-the-sky for now though as the company searches for an international trial site for its flying taxi service.

Company executives have been visiting Melbourne and Sydney over the past week.

Each machine would carry four passengers and a pilot, although the ultimate goal is for the aircraft to be fully autonomous.

Testing is due to begin in 2020.


https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.bay939.com.au/news/local-news/99394-geelong-to-melbourne-in-14-minutes&ved=0ahUKEwi_6szV_MXeAhWKjFkKHVj1ATQ4ChDF9AEIJDAA&usg=AOvVaw1FlmcIBjFuD0OLexUJaq7g


YELLO

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 430
    • View Profile
Re: Some More Uber Propaganda/PR
« Reply #20 on: November 11, 2018, 10:10:20 PM »
A new survey shows that three in four women in the city have experienced some form of harassment while using public transportation, and that almost half prefer using app-based ride-hailing services late at night.

*NYU's Rudin Center for Transportation says 75 percent of the women surveyed reported experiencing verbal abuse or unwanted touching on public transportation.

Forty-two percent of those surveyed said they feel safest late at night using for-hire vehicles likes Uber or Lyft, while 16 percent said they feel safest in taxis.

**The report says taking motor vehicles amount, on average, to a so-called "Pink Tax" of $26 to $50 in extra monthly travel expenses for female riders.

"Women are taking Ubers and Lyfts because they find that to be the safest mode late at night, or they perceive it to be the safest mode late at night. But those costs add up and that's the 'Pink Tax,'"


* The NYU Rudin Center for Transportation explores challenges in transportation and infrastructure. The Center draws upon faculty and graduate students to conduct research on cities and mobility, information technology in transportation and access to mass transit.

**
The Pink Tax on Transportation | Rudin Center for Transportation | November 2018 9
The NYU Rudin Center for Transportation plans to
conduct a second iteration of the survey. This second
survey will aim at a more diverse user base to provide a
wider range of experiences.
Several opportunities for further study include ongoing
and proposed work in these areas:
ϐ Public transit safety improvements:
▷ Security cameras in train cars and buses
▷ On-board safety procedures, including
texting the bus control center with a
specific code (currently in Mexico City)
ϐ For-hire vehicle safety improvements:
▷ Subsidized work-related e-hail rides
late at night, currently provided by Lyft
in Michigan and Medford, NJ
▷ Well-lit for-hire vehicle pickup points,
provided by Uber in some locations
ϐ Startup ecosystem:
▷ Building out startup services for safety
assurance, including Safer-Together
and e-Bodyguard, and developing col-
laboration between these organizations
and public transportation providers
ϐ Educational opportunities:
▷ Training law enforcement and allies to
improve response
▷ Developing family-friendly policies for
public transportation, including clear
messaging on priority seating
The Rudin Center for Transportation is committed
to improving our understanding of the way in which
women use and experience transportation in New York
City.
We welcome comments and suggestions which can
be sent to Sarah Kaufman, Associate Director, Rudin
Center for Transportation, at rudin.center@nyu.edu.



https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=http://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/transit/2018/11/11/survey--3-in-4-women-have-experienced-harassment-on-public-transportation&ved=0ahUKEwi48Z_l7s3eAhWDt1kKHS6iDtEQxfQBCEMwBg&usg=AOvVaw3t9-xrGTVNrBd6mmfJTO6K


https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://wagner.nyu.edu/rudincenter/2018/09/meera-joshi-nyu-rudin-center&ved=2ahUKEwjZjM2dss_eAhXCdN8KHRDDBjcQFjAAegQIBRAB&usg=AOvVaw0CnwxL_hdcqEWXcC1Gfwht&cshid=1542044192808

https://wagner.nyu.edu/files/faculty/publications/Pink%20Tax%20Survey%20Results_finaldraft4.pdf
« Last Edit: November 12, 2018, 02:05:56 PM by YELLO »

YELLO

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 430
    • View Profile
Re: Some More Uber Propaganda/PR
« Reply #21 on: November 12, 2018, 03:28:20 PM »

The distance between the Whole Foods Market at 57th Street and Second Avenue and the West Side Highway that runs along the Hudson River in Manhattan is two miles. In an empty city that drive would take five minutes. On an unremarkable Friday morning in October, it takes 30.

New York City is tied with Moscow for the second-most congested city in the world (after Los Angeles). But it’s not the big, noisy parts of the supply chain that are causing the most problems.

With e-commerce fully integrated into our everyday lives and more goods moving around New York’s already congested streets, last-mile transport is bound to steadily increase like a frog slowly boiling in water — except instead of a dead frog, New York City’s streets just slowly come to a stop.

In April, the state imposed a $2.75 surcharge on single-passenger ride-share trips in a large chunk of Manhattan, and a $2.50 surcharge for taxis. And in April, the city created a new type of license just for ride-share drivers (applicable to those driving for companies making more than 10,000 trips per day) and put a cap on the number. The move made New York the first city to restrict ride-shares in this way.

Congestion pricing to the rescue?
To move the needle on road congestion, New York City is closer than it ever has been to a congestion charge.

A congestion pricing bill that would institute a charge for entrance to central Manhattan failed to pass in the New York State Legislature earlier this year, but is still gaining support. Ride-share companies like Uber and Lyft are actually in favor of congestion pricing because they see it as a favorable alternative to putting caps on the number of ride-share drivers on the road, which has been considered by New York in the past.

New York’s governor Andrew Cuomo recently called congestion pricing "the only realistic option" and the New York Times Editorial Board is in favor as well, but the bill still lacks support from Mayor Bill de Blasio.

A Riders Alliance analysis found that the plan would drastically reduce the drive time to midtown Manhattan from New York’s outer boroughs, especially Brooklyn and Queens. But, the effect on the supply chain is likely to be small if London’s congestion pricing is any kind of guide.

Uber has historically shared its trip data with the city of New York to facilitate better traffic flow and in September it pledged to spend $10 million to help cities develop more efficient transportation policies and reduce congestion and vehicle emissions.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.supplychaindive.com/news/new-york-city-crowdsourced-delivery/541499/&ved=2ahUKEwjSkerQy8_eAhWjVt8KHea_DYAQFjAAegQIABAB&usg=AOvVaw3DkokW-njEk8MGedu7OGUf&cshid=1542054242019

YELLO

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 430
    • View Profile
Re: Some More Uber Propaganda/PR
« Reply #22 on: November 13, 2018, 05:48:24 PM »
Uber Wants to Lead the Way on Tracking Sexual Assault and Harassment

Bringing people together in the real world comes with risk—and Uber wants to be a leader in tracking and understanding the sexual harassment and assault that happens in those spaces.

The ridesharing company on Monday debuted what it’s calling a *“taxonomy” of sexual offenses an Uber driver or passenger could commit during a ride, which the company aims to use to better track crimes and offenses that occur on its watch. The taxonomy is the first of its kind, according to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, which developed the system in conjunction with the Urban Institute using Uber data. The organization says creating such a taxonomy is a crucial step because sexual harassment and assault are drastically underreported and are often misunderstood, with no one set of terms or language that means the same thing to everybody.

“If we can improve the safety of our platform for women, we can improve it for everybody,” said Uber chief legal officer Tony West.

Uber also pledged to release a report next year sharing what it found after implementing this system—and the company knows improving reporting mechanisms will likely lead the documented rates of sexual assault and harassment in Uber rides to increase.

“We are going to see the metrics go up for a while. But that needs to be understood as building trust in the system. Reporting going up will be a sign that we’re building a system that people trust,” said Tina Tchen, former chief of staff to First Lady Michelle Obama and a leader of TIME’S UP, who advised Uber on this effort. “It’s not the kind of metric that companies are usually going for.”

Uber also hopes that by sharing its efforts on rider and driver safety, its users will know that the company has developed a complex system to respond to these cases and feel comfortable reporting any bad behavior to the company.

*noun: taxonomy
the branch of science concerned with classification, especially of organisms; systematics.
the classification of something, especially organisms.
"the taxonomy of these fossils"
a scheme of classification.
plural noun: taxonomies
"a taxonomy of smells"

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.yahoo.com/amphtml/news/uber-wants-lead-way-tracking-203240636.html&ved=2ahUKEwjvqof4t9LeAhVoS98KHRdxDnEQFjABegQIARAB&usg=AOvVaw0L3Tl0xxowIr8PRY5MKtG0&ampcf=1&cshid=1542149153933

Remember: CNN investigation: 103 Uber drivers accused of sexual assault or abuse

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://money.cnn.com/2018/04/30/technology/uber-driver-sexual-assault/index.html&ved=2ahUKEwimt-q5udLeAhWwY98KHT9GAMwQFjAKegQIAxAB&usg=AOvVaw2if48AP7FdHaNEtagbjl2c


YELLO

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 430
    • View Profile
Re: Some More Uber Propaganda/PR
« Reply #23 on: November 13, 2018, 05:51:53 PM »


Lyft, Uber woo travelers with discounts, perks

The latest round of competition between ride-hailing giants Uber and Lyft is focused on their passengers, as the companies develop new programs to ensure rider loyalty – including Lyft's announcement this week of a rewards program.


https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.sfgate.com/chris-mcginnis/amp/Lyft-Uber-loyalty-program-13388207.php&ved=0ahUKEwjnlMCdutLeAhXHc98KHXzBDXAQyM8BCCowAQ&usg=AOvVaw1-jbK-NUu2H6yZqYxFtYv-&ampcf=1

YELLO

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 430
    • View Profile
Re: Some More Uber Propaganda/PR
« Reply #24 on: November 14, 2018, 08:48:58 PM »
Ride-share company Uber on Wednesday said that its net loss topped a billion dollars in the recently ended quarter as it pumped money into bikes, scooters, freight and food delivery.

While a private company, Uber has taken to sharing quarterly earnings figures as it prepares for a keenly-anticipated debut on the stock market next year.

We had another strong quarter for a business of our size and global scope," Uber chief financial officer Nelson Chai said in a statement shared along with the earnings figures.

"As we look ahead to an IPO and beyond, we are investing in future growth across our platform, including in food, freight, electric bikes and scooters, and high-potential markets in India and the Middle East."

Uber offered no comment on the IPO plans.

Uber is due to make a market debut by the end of 2019 as part of an investment deal with Japan's SoftBank, which has a stake of some 15 percent.
As it expands its services, Uber is also seeking to become a major player in autonomous cars, and has agreed to buy and adapt vehicles from Volvo to begin operating self-driving taxis.


At a tech conference this week, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said he believes the company is "uniquely positioned" to build services that address a wide range of needs, beyond just hailing a ride.

"We can be your everyday Uber service, your everyday eating service in terms of breakfast, lunch dinner, and I think we can play a very big part in how freight is moved around this country and hopefully internationally as well," he said. "Each of those are enormous, trillion-plus dollar opportunities."


Remember:Khosrowshahi must take Uber public by the end of 2019 under an agreement with SoftBank. If the IPO falls apart, Uber would have to allow certain investors—who put in $100 million or more or held shares for longer than five years—to cash out by selling stakes on the secondary market.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://amp.france24.com/en/20181115-uber-loss-tops-1-bn-it-seeks-diversify&ved=0ahUKEwjMwLDdotXeAhVFnuAKHeq6DpEQyM8BCCcwAA&usg=AOvVaw2sCRPnyWzU3re0gqyNw0EW&ampcf=1
« Last Edit: November 14, 2018, 08:56:05 PM by YELLO »

YELLO

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 430
    • View Profile
Re: Some More Uber Propaganda/PR
« Reply #25 on: November 16, 2018, 04:57:51 PM »
Uber CEO : 'We believe in a level playing field'

Dara Khosrowshahi recognizes that apart from a technological platform Uber is a transport service provider; That is why, he says, they seek dialogue with the authorities and 'do the right thing'

The list of scandals when he arrived at Uber included accusations of sexual discrimination by employees, complaints of drivers for falling profits and even a controversial software that sought to avoid regulatory authorities.

Costa Rica is not the exception in the controversy.

MANY CITIES NOW UNDERSTAND THAT UBER IS A FORCE FOR GOOD; A SOCIAL FORCE IN TERMS OF MAKING THE MOVEMENT OF PEOPLE AVAILABLE AND ALSO AN ECONOMIC FORCE

In our country, there are angry (official) taxi drivers who accuse Uber of unfair competition for not paying the same economic charges (taxes, and licensing fees as an example); Uber drivers with exhausting shifts of up to 16 hours to earn an acceptable income, and a government pressured to regulate the service due to user demand.

In the first interview with a Latin American media outlet, Khosrowshahi spoke to La Nacion on Wednesday, during a meeting at the Uber headquarters in San Francisco, California.

Asked how he sees the future of transportation, say in 20 years, Khosrowshahi, an Iranian-American businessman and former CEO of Expedia Group, said, “One of our missions is to replace the possession of cars using vehicular mobility as a service. There are more than a trillion cars in the world and 95% of the time they remain unused. We believe that cars are a huge waste of resources.

COSTA RICA IS NOT AN IDEA FOR US, IT’S A PLACE WHERE WE ALREADY HAVE 22,000 MEMBERS (DRIVERS) WHO MAKE A LIVING ON OUR PLATFORM AND 700 EMPLOYEES

“Often parked cars consume 20% to 25% of the space in the cities, that space could be used to build places to live or parks. For us, sharing a car for transportation and having several people in the same vehicle makes the most sense. In terms of efficiency and benefits for society, the city and people, we believe that it is a better way to use space and assets.

“We visualize a world where mobility will be available as a service for each person in a city, whether they live in the center or the periphery of it, and whether that person has the resources to own a car or not. a better world and there we go.”

LN: Are self drive vehicles a stage in that roadmap or is it the future of transportation?

Khosrowshahi, also a member of the board of directors of BET.com, Hotels.com, and The New York Times Company, believes autonomous vehicles, fundamentally will be the cheapest and best way to move people.

“Every year there are around one million deaths in the world due to vehicular accidents. In 94% of cases, it was due to some type of driver error. The most wonderful thing about autonomous transport is that, once past the hard work of training our robot drivers, they will be better, better and better. I speak of a driver who will always improve every day. The key to these vehicles is safety but, in addition, they are economically accessible so that mobility is also available to anyone regardless of where they live.”

LN: So, how far would you say this (autonomous) process will go … airplanes, trains, ships? What can be the risks and advantages in your opinion?

DK: We believe that the challenge for autonomous transport is easier for trains and planes, and even buses with fixed routes, with respect to passenger vehicles. As always there will be regulatory issues and traditional resistance. We are in the car business and we invest aggressively in our core, but these are technologies that can be extended to other parts of society.

LN: One of the main criticisms against Uber comes from taxi drivers for whom they say the company is unfair competition because it does not have the same economic burdens as them. Taxes, for example. What would be “doing the right thing” from Uber’s point of view before the claim?

DK: We think that competition improves the market, it improves us as a company and, in the end, it forces the taxis to be better too. We believe in a level playing field for all players.

In the long run, we want to extend our platform to make our demand available not only for us but also for taxis and other modes of transport, and we welcome a fair regulation that we believe should also be a modern regulation that extends mobility to a larger segment of the population instead of limiting it.

Today we are an established legal organization in Costa Rica. We are a great employer there and we also welcome dialogue with regulators, especially now that a new leader has settled in Costa Rica.”

I THINK THAT WHAT IS DIFFERENT ABOUT UBER IS THAT WE ARE NOT JUST A DIGITAL SERVICE SUCH AS GOOGLE OR FACEBOOK. WE FUNDAMENTALLY TOUCH THE WAY PEOPLE LIVE PHYSICALLY IN EACH OF THE CITIES WHERE WE OPERATE.

LN: Why is Costa Rica useful for Uber? It is true that in Latin America we have one of the highest Uber user rates but it is a small market full of angry regulators and taxi drivers?

DK: I think that what is different about Uber, such as business and service, is that we are not just a digital service such as Google or Facebook. We fundamentally touch the way people live physically in each of the cities where we operate.

So, Costa Rica is not an idea for us, it’s a place where we already have 22,000 members (drivers) who make a living on our platform and 700 employees at our center of excellence in the country, a nation where we have a substantial investment. The company has a saying and a norm that also says: ‘we build globally but we live locally’.

What is different is that if a local business in Costa Rica advertises itself on Google, and someone clicks on that ad, that money for advertising leaves Costa Rica. With us, the vast majority of the money goes directly to the driver and stays in the country. We are a local business. We do not think of Costa Rica as an idea because our people are in the field. It is a prosperous culture and we are very hopeful of the country’s development in Latin America and we want to be a part of that.

LN: How much have you invested in Costa Rica?

DK: At least US$30 million dollars in the last three years. We consider ourselves a local player in the country and we want to continue to be a positive economic force.”

LN: In Costa Rica, we have individuals who own several vehicles and rent them out to people with no work for a fee of about $200 per week. This means work shifts from 14 to 16 hours a day to achieve the weekly quota and earn some profit. That is a form of exploitation. We want to know your opinion on this since Uber establishes prices, charges directly to customers, can disconnect drivers from its platform and also defines how the service is provided?

DK: We are not a direct employer. Any managing partner can enter or leave the platform at any time they wish. The design of the platform is one in which we base this open ecosystem and when you have an open ecosystem, one area where we take things very seriously is safety, with which we want to ensure that our drivers are up to date with their licenses, background and other controls are reviewed.

So, if we have active drivers working 14 to 16 hours, it is not only a potential form of exploitation but also potentially unsafe. We have recently introduced a series of security factors in the application to make sure that you cannot drive too many hours in a row, that background checks are made, that the identity is established and so on, but if this type of exploitation is taking place, it is something which we want to know and if we can do something to improve things on the platform, we will assume it.

Shifting the interview to Uber’s problems around the world, on the problems Uber has dozens of countries, where neither governments nor taxi drivers plan to surrender, Khosrowshahi said he believes the solution is in dialogue.

“I think many cities now understand that Uber is a force for good; a social force in terms of making the movement of people available and also an economic force by providing a life for many driving partners and, as I mentioned, in Costa Rica we are a great employer,” said Khosrowshahi.

Asked about Greyball, the software tool used by Uber to identify and deny service to certain riders, including riders whom Uber suspects of violating its terms of service, to evade local government authorities such as in the United States, Australia, South Korea, and China, Khosrowshahi said the company must take responsibility for the mistakes of the past and now would never undertake a similar initiative.

“Today we have an important value that is doing the right thing, period. It seems to me that when something happens in the past of a company, it must be honest about it and face the consequences,” said Khosrowshahi.

In the days following the publication of the New York Times story in March 2017, Uber admitted that it had used Greyball to thwart government regulators, and it promised to stop using the tool for that purpose.

“The consequences are the following: now I am the executive director, we have a new legal director, Tony West, who comes from the (U.S.) Department of Justice and we also have another director of finance. I believe that the company has felt the consequences and has turned towards another type of leadership today determined to take the company in a new direction. This means not growing at any cost but growing with dialogue and benefits for the cities and countries where we operate,” Khosrowshahi said.

LN: How flexible do you think labor standards should be in countries where Uber is with respect to labor rights?

DK: Well, it seems to us that our basic concept is that we will be an open and available platform for those who like to join it, as long as they are safe collaborators, have an appropriate background, know how to drive and their record is safe driving. Within this framework of an open platform, we welcome dialogue with local regulators about the nature of work.

LN: A criticism of Uber is that it establishes itself in the countries and, when faced with regulation or protest from the taxi drivers, tries to win the favor of the users and use that support to pressure the authorities. In just four years, today Latin America is Uber’s most profitable market. Did this happen due to the lack of preparation of the authorities or updated transport legislation?

DK: We consider that public transport has not been as developed in some of the Latin American markets. We believe that people need to move and we provide a wonderful and easy service for users and we also provide a source of income and work for hundreds of thousands of drivers in Latin America.

LN: And now Uber is extending to other forms of mobility that open the door to new regulatory challenges and more technological complexity. Is sharing the data generated by Uber the way to get to the heart of the authorities and keep moving forward?

DK: Sharing Uber’s data is a reflection of our openness and our desire to partner with cities to create a more effective and better transportation network. In the end, where we want to go is to be a company of shared trips to one of mobility services; to be a strong employer and a partner for cities solving their transportation challenges in the future.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=http://qcostarica.com/uber-ceo-we-believe-in-a-level-playing-field/&ved=2ahUKEwiqrZ2c7tneAhWLpoMKHfqMB00QFjABegQIBRAB&usg=AOvVaw2qk-lvLHUwkKd22OAoJ3z-&cshid=1542405625014
« Last Edit: November 16, 2018, 05:01:01 PM by YELLO »

YELLO

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 430
    • View Profile
Re: Some More Uber Propaganda/PR
« Reply #26 on: November 17, 2018, 07:36:30 AM »
$100 for an Uber home? Were you price-gouged?

An Uber official described the storm pricing as a supply-and-demand policy designed to bring out more drivers and eventually reduce prices, as opposed to price gouging that is illegal under state law.


Lyft issued a statement about its storm pricing.

"Due to the impact of the winter storm, there were more people requesting Lyft rides than there were drivers available to provide them," the company said.

The statement noted Lyft monitored the conditions, communicated with drivers, and offered incentives for those who could drive.

"Still, this heightened demand caused some areas to experience prime time pricing, which serves to incentivize drivers to head to areas with increased demand," the company said, adding safety is its top priority.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.lohud.com/amp/2023840002
« Last Edit: November 17, 2018, 07:40:13 AM by YELLO »