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6 Captivating Stories From This Week in The World Of Uber

Travel Technology | Gabe Zaldivar | June 13, 2016

6 Captivating Stories From This Week in The World Of Uber

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We hope you had an Uber great week.

For the ride-sharing app, this week was most certainly about change. Most importantly, it has softened on its stance for pre-scheduling rides.

Business travelers will enjoy much of the following news.

Uber Cost Efficient:

UberPOOL users understand that they lose a little in the way of comfort when sharing a ride with strangers. But this doesn’t mean you have to be late.

Uber promises, first in the Los Angeles market, to pay users $2 if the ride is later than it says it will be.

Tipping Point:

An Indiana man is suing Uber because he states the company “denies drivers the right to accept tips and does not give tips to drivers when passengers choose to pay them through the app.”

We covered this subject in the past, and it seems like a gray area for Uber riders. However, Uber absolutely allows passengers to tip if they want.

Now this will once again bring up the subject of Uber drivers as contract workers over employees.

Ongoing Dispute:

Speaking of legal disputes, Uber is being taken to task in Boston in a lawsuit that also puts driver status at the forefront.

The suit begs to question how Uber drivers can be seen as anything but employees of the company.

Sweet Scheduling:

Seattle locals with a business profile received a wonderful gift from Uber this week. That particular market now has the ability to schedule Uber rides a month out.

This hardly helps that sudden hankering you might have for late-night burritos but it will do wonders for corporate travelers scheduling future trips.


The overall theme this week might be Uber getting vitriol from all corners of the globe, and that includes France.

Engadget reports French officials have fined Uber what amounts to $900,000 for its UberPOP service operating in the country.

Yes, Again:

Continuing with our theme, drivers in Austin sued Uber and Lyft.

Yes, the companies did leave the city recently, but that’s at the heart of a lawsuit that states drivers should have been given 60 days notice.


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