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For all its faults, the 'gig economy' has opened up an instant, fuss-free revenue stream for thousands of Aussie motorists. By far the most popular option is the ride-sharing service Uber, which recently entered its sixth year in Australia.
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Uber has updated their Community Guidelines saying that riders that fail to heed warnings and who fall below a minimum average rating will lose access to the Uber app. They say this mirrors similar rules they have for "driver-partners" and will help to ensure both drivers and passengers have the best experience possible.
At least one driver working for Uber has been livestreaming passengers without their consent, according to a recent story in the St Louis Post-Dispatch. Viewers on Twitch have been rating the female passengers, speculating about incomes, and chatting about the marriages and personal lives of unsuspecting users of the ridesharing service.
If you collect a lot of geographic data for research, or if you like poking around census files or other databases full of stats, you have a new tool for visualising that data in a 3D, dynamic map. Uber has released Kepler.gl, an open source mapping software with an easy interface for uploading sorted data.
In Perth, Sydney and Melbourne, Ola Cabs have been trying to grab a piece of the ride sharing pie off of Uber and Taxify. Their slice seems to be getting bigger and bigger, today launching in Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Canberra.
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"This Uber/Airbnb/restaurant was really great," you think to yourself, as you sit down to write a review. You type up everything you loved about the ride/apartment/meal, and then you hover your cursor over the star ratings. "Well," you think, "there's always room for improvement!" or "This was great, but not literally the best ride/stay/meal I've ever had" and then you give 4/5, or 9/10 stars.
Uber has become a verb for getting a ride, much like Google simply has come to mean search. But Europe's fastest growing ride-share service, Taxify, aims to change that. The company has added Australia to its list of 20 countries where the service is making inroads into the competitive ride-share industry.
The company is promising lower fares for passengers and a bigger cut for drivers with 4000 drivers already on their local books.
The recently revealed Uber data breach, that resulted in 57 million customer and 600,000 driver data records being leaked, has seen the leadership ranks of the company's security team gutted. Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan was fired and his Chief of Staff Pooja Ashok, senior engineer Prithvi Rai and Sullivan's most senior manager Jeff Jones have all resigned.
It has been revealed that Uber was the victim of a cyber-attack that resulted in the personal data of 57 million customers being exposed. And if that wasn't bad enough, it is also being reported that the many paid the hackers $100,000 to keep quiet and delete the data. Under European and Australian laws that will come into effect next year, that $100,000 is small fry compared to the millions of dollars it could cost them.
When you're heading home from a night out with friends, sharing an Uber often makes a lot of sense. However, up until now, you'd have to verbally tell your driver you were going to make a few stops, and then input a new address each time someone gets out of the car. It's a process that works, but tends to be pretty frustrating for both you and the driver.