A writer jumps in a driver’s shoes, Waze goes national and NBC5 reports on the backlash of rideshare insurance policies. It’s time to break it down.

Monday 10/15

On Monday, Forbes posted an article about Gregg Shove, an entrepreneur who jumped in the driver’s seat for Uber. While most of his observations were pretty obvious, he interestingly noted that the app made him work hard,sometimes in a manipulative way.”

Tuesday 10/16

On Tuesday, WazeCarpool announced it was officially available across the US. While many see this as Google’s attempt to enter the rideshare market, Waze differs from Uber and Lyft in one very clear way: You can only do two rides a day.

Wednesday 10/17

Oh scooters. You never seem to stop causing issues. On Wednesday, Gizmodo reported that San Francisco is already having e-scooter drama. They’ve been parked illegally at bus stops, in the middle of sidewalks and bike lanes, and blocking building entrances. 

Also on Wednesday, NBC5 Investigates spoke with LegalRideshare attorney Bryant Greening about loopholes in the insurance Uber and Lyft provide to their drivers.

Thursday 10/18

On Thursday, we learned of Uber testing a new service called Uber Works. According to the article, this on-demand staffing service would make it possible for businesses to hire short-term workers. It’s still in a testing phase, so it’s hard to pin down exactly how it may impact Uber, workplaces or the market itself. 

Friday 10/19

Speaking of Uber, we end the week with more pressure on the rideshare giant. ZDNet just reported that cabbies in Victoria filed a class action lawsuit, alleging Uber operated without legal authority. The plaintiffs claim the case is worth hundreds of millions of dollars 

As always, have a safe and happy weekend!