Uber Stories March 17

UK Uber drivers get minimum wage, holidays, and pensions – with a big catch

UK Uber drivers will be paid at least the National Living Wage of £8.72 ($12.12) alongside holiday pay and pension contributions. The company made the announcement a month after a court ruling decided that Uber drivers in the UK are employees, not self-employed contractors, as the ride-sharing company had claimed …

Uber Stories September 28, 2020

Uber’s London license restored by court; says safety issues resolved

We’ve this morning seen Uber’s London license restored by a court ruling, allowing the app to continue operating after a 2017 ban was overturned …

Uber Stories July 6, 2020

Uber buying Postmates after failing to acquire GrubHub to boost food deliveries [U]

Update: The deal is now official. Full statement below.

Rumors about Uber buying Postmates have been confirmed by a new report today, which says that the deal has been agreed and is set to be officially announced shortly …

Uber Stories May 13, 2020

Uber set to enforce mask requirement for drivers and riders starting May 18

Uber has finalized some new rules to keep both its drivers and riders as safe as possible during the coronavirus pandemic. The changes that take effect on May 18 will see masks being required and more in the US, Canada, parts of Europe, India, and more.

Uber Stories December 6, 2019

Uber safety report: 9 murders, 58 crash deaths, and 3,045 sexual assaults

The first-ever Uber safety report has revealed an alarming number of serious and fatal incidents in 2018. These include nine murders, 58 people killed in crashes, and 3,045 people sexually assaulted…

Uber Stories November 25, 2019

Uber loses London licence (again) but continues operating for now (again)

If ‘Uber loses London licence’ seems like old news, that’s because it’s the second time it’s happened. And, just like last time, Uber service will continue uninterrupted for now…

Uber Stories November 21, 2019

Privacy concerns voiced as Uber videos and audio records some rides

Privacy concerns have been raised as it was revealed that Uber videos and audio records passengers on some rides…

Uber Stories September 24, 2019

Uber’s London license expires tomorrow, extended for just two months

Uber’s London license expires tomorrow and has been extended by regulator Transport for London for just two months…

Uber Stories September 17, 2019

New York Uber drivers are being locked out of app at times of low demand

New York Uber drivers are being locked out of the app at times of low demand, in order to comply with new regulations in the city…

Uber Stories August 6, 2019

Uber and Lyft admit they cause more city-center congestion than predicted

A report jointly commissioned by Uber and Lyft has revealed that ride-sharing companies create significantly more city-center congestion than they’d predicted…

Uber Stories July 22, 2019

Inside the sometimes shocking world of food delivery apps

If you’ve ever used food delivery apps like Postmates or Uber Eats, there’s another side to the convenience we enjoy as customers: the low-paid, high-pressure, and sometimes shocking world of the workers responsible for the deliveries…

Uber Stories June 6, 2019

Uber Copter flying service starts next month, but you probably can’t use it

Uber has announced that it is making a start on its long-promised aerial ridesharing service with Uber Copter, launching on July 9 …

Uber Stories April 17, 2019

Uber announced today that it is adding Apple Pay support to its food delivery Uber Eats service. While Apple Pay has been available in the Uber ride-sharing app for several years, it was notably missing from the Uber Eats counterpart.

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Uber Stories April 11, 2019

Uber today officially filed for its IPO, revealing in regulatory documents that it generated $11.27 billion in revenue during 2018 with an overall loss of $1.85 billion. In the filling, Uber also outlined its competition, citing Apple as both a competitor and a company on which it heavily relies.

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Uber Stories March 27, 2019

Uber’s monthly subscription Ride Pass coming to more US cities, from $15/month

Uber has announced that it is bringing its monthly subscription service Ride Pass to more US cities, including Dallas, Las Vegas, New York and San Diego, with prices starting from $15/month …

Uber Stories March 5, 2019

Uber Rewards now available in all US cities, rewarding loyalty with perks and credits

Uber Rewards, a loyalty program which launched in nine US cities in November of last year, has now gone live across the USA …

Uber Stories November 14, 2018

New Uber Rewards program offers points, car upgrades, flexible cancellations, more

A new Uber Rewards loyalty program has been announced today, offering rewards points which convert to Uber Cash credits – as well as a range of other benefits which kick in at different tiers …

Uber Stories September 6, 2018

Ride-sharing service Uber is plotting a wider expansion into bike, scooter, and car rentals. Today, the company has revealed how it will integrate support for the various different transportation methods into its iOS app.

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Uber Stories September 5, 2018

Uber rider rating under 4? You may soon be banned from the service …

While you’re encouraged to rate your Uber driver at the end of each ride, not everyone is aware that your drivers also rate you. And if you have an average rating of less than four, that may spell bad news …

Uber Stories August 30, 2018

Uber and Lyft accused of using cheap and inadequate driver background checks

Both Uber and Lyft have been accused of placing rider safety at risk by using a budget background check service which fails to access the FBI criminal record database. As a result, the checks have missed the criminal records of at least 25 drivers …

Uber Stories July 31, 2018

Lyft offers $550 credit to prove city-dwellers can live without a car

Ride-share companies often suggest that their services mean people no longer need to own a car, and Lyft is aiming to prove it – by offering a $550 credit to ditch private car usage for a month …

Uber Stories July 27, 2018

Ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft making car congestion worse, not better, says study

One of the claims made by ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft is being challenged by a new report, which suggests that they make congestion worse, not better …

Uber Stories July 16, 2018

Uber rolling out two new(ish) ways to make it easier for your driver to find you

Uber makes it easy for your driver to get close to your location, but there are times when that last few hundred feet can be a major hassle …

Uber Stories July 13, 2018

To improve the safety of both its customers and its drivers, Uber is now pushing out a more aggressive background check program to ensure drivers are fit for the job.

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