Another case of fake drivers, the spotlight’s on electric scooter crashes, and self-driving cars are on the move. LegalRideshare breaks it down.
On Monday, we learned of another scary incident involving a fake Uber driver. CNN reported, “The front-seat passenger said she told the driver that she was calling 911, and he grabbed the phone from her hand and stopped the SUV.“ Luckily, the police arrived and the man sped away.
Ever wonder why you’re not being paired with the driver who’s RIGHT NEXT TO YOU? Uber apparently uses a system called “batch matching,” meaning the app doesn’t just find the closest ride to you; it looks for the most optimized ride for everyone around you. Mashable explains: “If you’ve ever requested the shared carpool ride that Uber calls Pool or Express Pool, you’re familiar with the one- to two-minute waiting period during which Uber’s matching algorithm is optimizing across the whole, not just the individual ride request.”
With scooters come crashes. The real question now is, who pays the hospital bill? AP recently interviewed LegalRideshare co-founder and attorney Bryant Greening on that issue: “Generally speaking, these waivers of liability hold up in court, but we’re going to have to see what happens as more and more of these injury cases are brought and are litigated.”
Scooters again! 60,000 people have taken scooter rides in Chicago since the pilot program launched earlier this month. The issue, however, is the never-ending list of broken rules and injuries. The Chicago Tribune reported: “Rules that aren’t enforced aren’t rules at all,” said Bryant Greening, co-founder of the law firm LegalRideshare, which specializes in ride-share cases. “We’ve seen it in other cities and we’re seeing it in Chicago. It’s the Wild West.”
We end the week with some news from the future. Forbes reported that some Lyft riders in Arizona can now take self-driving Waymo vans, stating: “The rides are being restricted to a small area within the suburbs of Phoenix, Arizona, which is an area that Waymo has already been operating its own ride-hailing service, Waymo One.”
Have a safe and happy weekend!