thank you, uber

Some folks find ride sharing services like Uber to be a threat. Here’s my view:

  • Uber doesn’t drive past me to pick up other customers.
  • Every time I call them, they show up.
  • They take all credit cards.
  • They give me a receipt for the exact amount.
  • I have never been yelled at by an Uber driver.

Not a bad deal, if you ask me.

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Written by fabiorojas

July 8, 2016 at 12:01 am

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  1. Many people think like that until they discover the issues. Aside the problems of how uber discriminates against people with disabilities and other things, there is a real threat everyone riding uber is exposed to much more than with the regular cabs. If you google, you’ll find out..I know of a situation where a person very close to me had a horrible uber experience. An uber driver crashed the car while driving her to her destination point. Luckily she’s sitll alive. The accident happened because the driver fell asleep after working for more than 12 hours with uber straight. Uber doesn’t control how much drivers can work with the app, and worst – they actually encourage drivers to drive more. So here’s a potential threat for you. You never know who will fall asleep while driving you! Taxi drivers are different in that it is their primary employment source, and they are more regulated and trained. Uber drivers are anyone who just want to earn extra money at no matter what cost.

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    July 8, 2016 at 2:28 am

  2. It seems it would be possible to accept that the model improves the existing model of cabs while still acknowledging that Uber brings with it other problems that we should try to solve. Uber highlights many underlying problems of our current economy: contingent labor, lack of long-term security, lack of benefits. Add to that the fact that the company has taken the most extreme techno-liberatarian position on several of those issues, and I see it facing justifiable criticism. That said, those who decry Uber overlook all of the problems with the current system you mention above.

    Rather than finding the latest hot-take, perhaps we should find legislation (likely at the local and state level) that attempts to identify a way to gain the benefits of Uber and minimize its downsides to employees and citizens.



    July 8, 2016 at 3:09 pm

  3. This comparison depends heavily on context: both your biographical situation as a rider and the regulatory apparatus of the city in which you ride. There are many reasons to believe that sexual assault rates are higher among Uber drivers than among regulated city taxi drivers in large cities, for example.



    July 8, 2016 at 3:47 pm

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