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5 Crazy Things Happening In the World of Uber This Week

Travel Technology | Gabe Zaldivar | May 20, 2016

5 Crazy Things Happening In the World of Uber This Week

We are back again with another breakdown of news surrounding the wildly popular Uber and its ride-sharing brethren.

As you will soon read, this week has been both shocking and downright scary.

Under Pressure:

How much do you really need to take an Uber? Chances are great that you will opt for other means if the surge pricing is too high.

That just about changes when your smartphone is about to die. According to a report, people are actually willing to pay a whopping 9.9 times surge if their phone is going to die.

READ MORE: What Can Uber Teach Travel Agents?

This is your daily reminder to always charge your phone or, perhaps, buy an extra power source. It may just be the least expensive option.

Pittsburgh Bound:

The cool kids over in Pittsburgh are about to get a whole lot more hip as they welcome Uber’s early iteration of a driverless car.

The Associated Press reports a tricked-out Ford Fusion will begin scouring the streets shortly.

Not to worry, because there will be a trained human being behind the wheel in case any sudden shenanigans occur.

And, as you can see from the above, you will definitely be noticed.


A horrifying scene played out earlier in the week when a man hopped into an Uber and threatened the driver with an HIV-infected syringe.

The man was later apprehended and the driver was unharmed despite what had to be a truly horrific experience.

Super Creepy:

Fox Sports’ Kristine Leahy, who can be seen and heard daily alongside Colin Cowherd, offered the following remarkable story via Twitter:

As Leahy later states, Uber is yet to get back to her regarding some very serious concerns. Not a good look at all, Uber.


Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has some strong opinions on Uber, Lyft and other ride-hailing services for their lack of what Fortune calls “worker protections.”

READ MORE: Google Maps Now Integrates Uber And Taxi Service Solutions

The services are renowned for attracting contract workers who aren’t actually employees of the companies in question.

This has led to wide varieties of issues of which Warren is eager to address.


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