Riders want “quiet,” LegalRideshare weighs in on unaccompanied minors, and false surges are on the rise. Let’s break it down.
Cities want Uber’s data. Wired reported that cities are trying to cope with the influx of new cars, scooters, and gadgets on their streets. The key apparently lies in Uber’s internal data. To no one’s surprise, the rideshare company isn’t racing to hand it over.
Fake rideshare drivers are still on the loose, even as the companies tighten security. The Tennessean reported that Nashville police pulled over an “Uber” driver and explained, “The two would-be Uber passengers traveling in Nashville learned mid-trip not only was their driver drunk, he wasn’t even a real ride-share driver.”
Hear that? That’s the sound of “quiet mode,” a new feature coming to passengers who take Uber premium rides. USA Today reported that the feature will cost extra. Other add-ons include help with luggage and temperature control.
LegalRideshare spoke with CBS Chicago about the dangers of parents ordering rides for their unaccompanied minors. This week, the Chicago Police Department investigated an incident involving a Lyft driver and two elementary-aged children. Take a Look!
Drivers are apparently combating low wages by creating their own surges. ABC reported on tactic: “All the airplanes we know when they land. So five minutes before, we turn all our apps off all of us at the same time. All of us we turn our apps off. They surge, $10, $12, sometimes $19. Then we turn our app on. Everyone will get the surge,” one driver says.”
As always, have a safe and happy weekend!