Why Uber Won’t Call the Police

Ride-sharing rests on a promise of safety. What if one side isn’t keeping up their end of the bargain?

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #customer-relations, #labor-and-jobs, #mobile-applications, #social-media, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Gig Worker Protections Get a Push in European Proposal

A proposal with widespread political support would entitle drivers and couriers for companies like Uber to a minimum wage and legal protections.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #deliveroo-roofoods-ltd, #delivery-services, #europe, #european-commission, #labor-and-jobs, #politics-and-government, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

Didi of China Moves to Delist From New York Stock Exchange

The ride-hailing giant made an abrupt shift as officials in Washington and Beijing have grown increasingly skeptical of Chinese corporate access to Wall Street’s money.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #china, #didi-chuxing, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #initial-public-offerings, #politics-and-government, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #stocks-and-bonds, #united-states-international-relations

What Uber’s Spies Really Did

A former co-worker accused the men of wiretapping their colleagues, hacking foreign governments and stealing trade secrets. It wasn’t true, but the allegations still follow them.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #didi-chuxing, #industrial-espionage, #kalanick-travis, #khosrowshahi-dara, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #uber-technologies-inc, #waymo, #wiretapping-and-other-eavesdropping-devices-and-methods

U.S. Sues Uber, Saying it Discriminated Against People With Disabilities

The Justice Department says Uber did not adjust its wait time fees for people with disabilities, even when Uber knew someone needed additional time.

#americans-with-disabilities-act, #car-services-and-livery-cabs, #disabilities, #justice-department, #lyft-inc, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #transportation, #uber-technologies-inc, #wheelchairs

Lyft Says 1,807 Sexual Assaults Occurred in Rides in 2019

The company’s first-ever safety report, which it committed two years ago to producing, also included four fatal assaults and 49 deaths in crashes.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #lyft-inc, #sex-crimes, #uber-technologies-inc

Pre-K, Child Care and Other Priorities

Readers discuss the social programs in the budget bill and negotiations about what to trim. Also: Dave Chappelle; ride-sharing.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #chappelle-dave, #child-care, #children-and-childhood, #comedy-and-humor, #education-k-12, #education-pre-school, #federal-budget-us, #manchin-joe-iii, #united-states-politics-and-government

For Uber and Lyft, the Rideshare Bubble Bursts

Rideharing companies made a lot of promises. They’re not being kept.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #labor-and-jobs, #lyft-inc, #uber-technologies-inc

The Rise and Fall of the World’s Ride-Hailing Giant

Didi pushed the limits and thrived in legal gray areas. Until China cracked down.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #car-services-and-livery-cabs, #cheng-wei-1983, #china, #didi-chuxing, #politics-and-government, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #uber-technologies-inc, #xi-jinping

A Judge Declared California’s Gig Worker Law Unconstitutional. Now What?

The law, the result of a $200 million proposition fight last year, ensures that workers like Uber and Lyft drivers are considered independent contractors.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #doordash-mobile-app, #lyft-inc, #referendums, #roesch-frank, #service-employees-international-union, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #uber-technologies-inc, #workerscompensation-insurance

Why Your Next Trip Might Be More Expensive Than Your Last

The cost of travel climbed this summer, but the Delta variant is weighing on demand. We looked into travel’s murky crystal ball to find out how prices will fare in the future.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #autumn-season, #car-services-and-livery-cabs, #coronavirus-delta-variant, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #summer-season, #travel-and-vacations

California’s Gig Worker Law Is Unconstitutional, Judge Rules

Last year, more than $200 million was spent on campaigning for a state proposition that ensured workers like Uber and Lyft drivers were considered independent contractors.

#california, #car-services-and-livery-cabs, #decisions-and-verdicts, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #lyft-inc, #uber-technologies-inc

Here’s Why Uber Prices Are Soaring and You Can’t Find a Cab

The number of drivers and for-hire cars on the streets plunged during the pandemic, frustrating those seeking rides as the city starts to recover.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cotton-rick, #laguardia-airport-queens-ny, #new-york-city, #new-york-taxi-workers-alliance, #port-authority-of-new-york-and-new-jersey, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #shortages, #taxicabs-and-taxicab-drivers, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

Yellow Cabs and Subways: Everything Old Is New Again

Fewer taxis are on the streets, but for many New Yorkers, cabs and subways are inspiring a nostalgic (and budget-conscious) fervor.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #lyft-inc, #new-york-city, #taxi-and-limousine-commission, #taxicabs-and-taxicab-drivers, #transit-systems, #uber-technologies-inc

Farewell, Millennial Lifestyle Subsidy

The price for Ubers, scooters and Airbnb rentals is going up as tech companies aim for profitability.

#airbnb, #car-services-and-livery-cabs, #delivery-services, #luxury-goods-and-services, #mobile-applications, #motorcycles-motor-bikes-and-motorscooters, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #venture-capital

Uber and Lyft Surges: What to Know

The companies say they are charging extra because they don’t have enough drivers to match rebounding customer demand.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #labor-and-jobs, #lyft-inc, #mobile-applications, #motivation-and-incentive-programs, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #uber-technologies-inc, #unemployment-insurance, #wages-and-salaries

How ‘The Drivers Cooperative’ Is Trying to Compete With Uber and Lyft in N.Y.

About 2,500 drivers in New York are organizing to create what they say is a better deal for drivers than what the ride-hailing giants offer.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #cooperatives, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #lyft-inc, #new-york-city, #uber-technologies-inc

Memorial Day Travel Forecast: Crowds, Traffic and Where is Our Waitress?

As Americans hit the road for the holiday, they may find things crowded, more expensive and with less staff to keep things running smoothly.

#american-automobile-assn, #american-hotel-and-lodging-assn, #automobiles, #camps-and-camping, #cape-cod-mass, #car-services-and-livery-cabs, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #mackinac-island-mich, #memorial-day, #national-park-service, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #outer-banks-nc, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #road-trips, #shortages, #taxicabs-and-taxicab-drivers, #transportation-security-administration, #travel-and-vacations

In a First, Uber Agrees to Classify British Drivers as ‘Workers’

The new legal classification, which follows a U.K. court ruling last month, will entitle the workers to more pay and benefits, but stops short of making them employees.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #great-britain, #labor-and-jobs, #minimum-wage, #pensions-and-retirement-plans, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #supreme-court-of-the-united-kingdom, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

In First, Uber Agrees to Classify British Drivers as ‘Workers’

The new legal classification, which follows a U.K. court ruling last month, will entitle the workers to more pay and benefits, but stops short of making them employees.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #great-britain, #labor-and-jobs, #minimum-wage, #pensions-and-retirement-plans, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #supreme-court-of-the-united-kingdom, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

Uber drivers are entitled to worker benefits, a British court rules.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #decisions-and-verdicts, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #great-britain, #supreme-court-of-the-united-kingdom, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

Uber, After Buying Postmates, Lays Off More Than 180 Employees

The layoffs include most of the executive team at Postmates, the food delivery app that Uber bought last year.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #car-services-and-livery-cabs, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #delivery-services, #food, #khosrowshahi-dara, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #mobile-applications, #postmates-inc, #uber-eats, #uber-technologies-inc

Biden Should Help Protect Uber and Lyft Drivers

The Biden administration has an opportunity to restore basic labor protections to the people who deliver our groceries and drive for Uber and Lyft.

#albertsons-inc, #car-services-and-livery-cabs, #doordash-mobile-app, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #labor-department-us, #lyft-inc, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

How to (Literally) Drive the Coronavirus Away

What’s the transmission risk inside a car? An airflow study offers some insight for passengers and drivers alike.

#automobiles, #car-services-and-livery-cabs, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #taxicabs-and-taxicab-drivers, #windows, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

Food Delivery Is Keeping Uber Alive. Will It Kill Restaurants?

Uber built a business on the backs of drivers and, now, restaurants. But the company’s chief Dara Khosrowshahi says it’s not part of the ‘menace economy.’

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #khosrowshahi-dara, #mobile-applications, #restaurants, #silicon-valley-calif, #uber-eats, #uber-technologies-inc

Autonomous Vehicles Take Another Big Leap

The Amazon-owned Zoox is unveiling an electric self-driving vehicle. But are we ready for driverless cars?

#amazon-com-inc, #car-services-and-livery-cabs, #driverless-and-semiautonomous-vehicles, #taxicabs-and-taxicab-drivers, #urmson-chris-p-1976, #zoox-inc

Uber Jettisons Flying Car Project

A day after handing its autonomous car project to a Silicon Valley start-up, Uber is ridding itself of another expensive operation.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #car-services-and-livery-cabs, #driverless-and-semiautonomous-vehicles, #joby-aero-inc-joby-aviation, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #start-ups, #uber-elevate, #uber-technologies-inc

Uber Giving Self-Driving Car Project to a Start-Up

Company executives once said having cars that can drive on their own would be a salvation for their business. But the effort turned into a legal and financial headache.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #computers-and-the-internet, #driverless-and-semiautonomous-vehicles, #khosrowshahi-dara, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #pittsburgh-pa, #start-ups, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #uber-technologies-inc, #urmson-chris-p-1976

Pandemic Pushes N.Y.C. Cabbies to the Brink: ‘I Can’t Hold On’

While some businesses have adapted to virus restrictions, the yellow cab industry is especially suffering.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #lyft-inc, #new-york-city, #shutdowns-institutional, #taxicabs-and-taxicab-drivers, #uber-technologies-inc, #unemployment

Fight Over Gig Workers Persists Despite Win for Uber and Lyft

A successful ballot measure in California makes drivers and other workers contractors, but the companies face continued pushback.

#california, #car-services-and-livery-cabs, #collective-bargaining, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #lyft-inc, #new-york-state, #organized-labor, #politics-and-government, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #uber-technologies-inc

Uber and Lyft Drivers in California Will Remain Independent

The victory of Proposition 22, the most expensive initiative in the state’s history, could help gig companies remake labor laws throughout the country.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #delivery-services, #doordash-mobile-app, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #gonzalez-lorena-1971, #herrera-dennis-j, #law-and-legislation, #lyft-inc, #proposition-22, #referendums, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

It’s a Ballot Fight for Survival for Gig Companies Like Uber

A group that also includes Lyft and DoorDash has spent nearly $200 million to support a California proposition that could save them from a new labor law.

#california, #car-services-and-livery-cabs, #doordash-mobile-app, #employee-fringe-benefits, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #instacart, #khosrowshahi-dara, #labor-and-jobs, #lyft-inc, #mobile-applications, #political-advertising, #postmates-inc, #uber-technologies-inc, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Appeals Court Says Uber and Lyft Must Treat California Drivers as Employees

The ruling adds new urgency to a ballot measure in the state that would exempt the companies from a new labor law intended to give gig workers more employment rights.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #employee-fringe-benefits, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #lyft-inc, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #uber-technologies-inc

California, Reject Prop 22

Gig workers deserve the dignity of fair compensation.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #doordash-mobile-app, #employee-fringe-benefits, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #khosrowshahi-dara, #labor-and-jobs, #lyft-inc, #paid-time-off, #uber-eats, #wages-and-salaries

Seattle Passes Minimum Pay Rate for Uber and Lyft Drivers

The city became the second in the nation to create a compensation standard for ride-hailing drivers, after New York.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #lyft-inc, #minimum-wage, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #seattle-wash, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

Uber Can Continue Operating in London, Judge Rules

After a battle with transportation regulators, the ride-hailing firm was granted an 18-month license.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #decisions-and-verdicts, #london-england, #transport-for-london, #uber-technologies-inc

Uber and Lyft Could Gain From U.S. Rule Defining Employment

The Labor Department proposal would most likely treat drivers and other gig workers as contractors, not employees.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #labor-department-us, #lyft-inc, #minimum-wage, #overtime, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

Georgia Sheriff’s Deputy Is Fired Over Beating of Black Man

The Clayton County Sheriff’s Office said the deputy was terminated for “excessive use of force” after a video showing him pinning and punching Roderick Walker, 26, was circulated widely on social media.

#assaults, #black-people, #car-services-and-livery-cabs, #clayton-county-ga, #georgia, #hill-victor-1965, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #walker-roderick

Uber Is Hurting Drivers Like Me in Its Legal Fight in California

We’re in limbo as the ride-hailing company spends millions fighting a new state law.

#california, #car-services-and-livery-cabs, #chauffeurs-and-drivers, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #living-wage, #taxicabs-and-taxicab-drivers, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

Former Uber Security Chief Charged With Concealing Hack

Joe Sullivan, who led Uber’s security team through the company’s most tumultuous period, was fired by the company’s newly installed chief executive in 2017.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #justice-department, #sullivan-joe-1968, #uber-technologies-inc

Uber and Lyft Threaten to Shut Down in California

The companies, under legal pressure to reclassify their drivers as employees, said they would halt rides unless an appeals court gives them permission to continue.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #decisions-and-verdicts, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #lyft-inc, #uber-eats, #uber-technologies-inc

Uber and Lyft Are Toying With Drivers’ Livelihoods

Both are threatening to pull out of California this week over a law requiring them to treat their workers as full-fledged employees.

#california, #car-services-and-livery-cabs, #khosrowshahi-dara, #labor-and-jobs, #lyft-inc, #mobile-applications, #paid-time-off, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

Uber and Lyft Consider Franchise-Like Model in California

Under pressure to classify their freelance drivers as full-time employees, the ride-hailing companies are discussing another option.

#automobiles, #car-services-and-livery-cabs, #computers-and-the-internet, #franchises, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #khosrowshahi-dara, #labor-and-jobs, #lyft-inc, #mobile-applications, #state-legislatures, #taxicabs-and-taxicab-drivers, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries, #zimmer-john-1984

These Uber Drivers Are Stressed. Archery Soothes Them.

Many Bhutanese immigrants who drive for ride-sharing services opted to live off their savings during coronavirus-related lockdowns in New York City. As they begin to return to work, their country’s national pastime has been a comfort.

#archery, #bhutan, #car-services-and-livery-cabs, #coronavirus-2019-ncov

I Am the C.E.O. of Uber. Gig Workers Deserve Better.

Gig workers want both flexibility and benefits — we support laws that could make that possible.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #employee-fringe-benefits, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #uber-technologies-inc, #united-states, #wages-and-salaries

Uber’s Ride-Hailing Business Craters, but Deliveries Surge in Pandemic

Uber said revenue fell 29 percent in the second quarter because people traveled less, but food deliveries soared.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #company-reports, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #delivery-services, #khosrowshahi-dara, #uber-eats, #uber-technologies-inc

Uber and Lyft Drivers Win Ruling on Unemployment Benefits

A federal judge’s decision in New York is a key victory in efforts to secure the protections extended to other workers.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dearcy-hall-judge-lashann, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #lyft-inc, #new-york-state, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #uber-technologies-inc, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance

Massachusetts Sues Uber and Lyft Over the Status of Drivers

A lawsuit by the state’s attorney general adds to pressure on the companies to consider their drivers full-time employees.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #healey-maura-1971, #labor-and-jobs, #lyft-inc, #paid-time-off, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #uber-technologies-inc, #unemployment-insurance, #wages-and-salaries

Are Uber and Lyft Drivers Well Paid? It Depends on the Study

Uber and Lyft hailed a Cornell paper’s conclusion that their drivers make solid wages. But others have questioned the researchers’ approach.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #cornell-university, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #hyman-louis-1977, #labor-and-jobs, #lyft-inc, #research, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

Uber to Buy Postmates for $2.65 Billion

The ride-hailing company’s core business has struggled in the pandemic, and it is betting on growth of its Uber Eats division.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #delivery-services, #postmates-inc, #start-ups, #uber-eats, #uber-technologies-inc, #venture-capital