If there’s a massive downpour or you’re travelling during rush hour, you can usually count on exorbitant surge pricing while using popular ride share apps like Uber. If you don’t know how surge pricing works, here’s the long and short of it: If there’s a high demand for rides, a premium is placed on rides in a particular area in the form of a “surge” fare.
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The taxi app giant Uber has again lost its licence in London. Uber has 21 days to appeal after Transport for London (TfL) ended a probationary extension it granted to the company in September, citing a “pattern of failures” around issues such as driver security. But this is nothing compared to the bigger picture when it comes to Uber's troubles.
If you’ve ever called an Uber—and waited longer than you’d like—you probably might feel tempted to cancel the ride altogether. In the end, you might end up paying a small fee for your driver’s time, the probable worst-case scenario. But there are several reasons why Uber’s existing policies, in particular, aren’t so great for drivers when you decide to cancel last-minute.
Uber has announced its adding a new feature to its app but only Sydney-siders will be able to use it for now. The update allows users to view public transport options from the start to end of their journey as well as what Ubers are available for them. Here's what you need to know about it.
Living in the inner city can be expensive, with rent prices getting higher the closer you get to the city. This can get even more expensive when you start to add on car expenses and parking fees. The best thing to do is see if owning that car is really worth all the hassle, or if using Uber to get around is too extravagant.
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.
If you want to become an UberX driver, here's everything you'll need to get started.
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.
If you're looking at using ride share services today or across this weekend - you can score some pretty decent discounts.