With a near record-setting investment announced last week, the ride-sharing service Uber is the hottest, most valuable technology start-up on the planet. It is also one of the most controversial.
The company, which has been the target of protests across Europe this week, has been accused of a reckless attitude toward safety, of price-gouging its customers, of putting existing cabbies out of work and of evading regulation. And it has been called trivial. In The New Yorker last year, George Packer huffed that Uber typified Silicon Valley’s new found focus on “solving all the problems of being 20 years old, with cash on hand.”
It is impossible to say whether Uber is worth the $17 billion its investors believe it to be; like any start-up, it could fail. But for all its flaws, Uber is anything but trivial. It could well transform transportation the way Amazon has altered shopping — by using slick, user-friendly software and mountains of data to completely reshape an existing market, ultimately making many modes of urban transportation cheaper, more flexible and more widely accessible to people across the income spectrum.
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- Pellerin: No one will win the court battle over ride-sharingon August 23, 2021 at 4:17 am
Yes, of course drivers deserve better working conditions. Money is, at best, OK-ish, and that’s if you work crazy hours including party nights, which I refused to do. You don’t get sick leave or paid ...
- CT Bike Racing closes out summer road bike seasonon August 23, 2021 at 3:00 am
Last Tuesday night, 197 cyclists riders from across Connecticut gathered at Rentschler Field in East Hartford to ride their final criterium of the summer.
- Judge strikes down law saying ride-share workers exempt from benefits, sick leaveon August 21, 2021 at 1:13 pm
A judge Friday struck down a California ballot measure that exempted Uber and other app-based ride-hailing and delivery services from ...
- Qld demands QR codes for taxis, ride-shareon August 21, 2021 at 10:24 am
Queensland has no new cases of COVID-19 as efforts ramp up to ensure better contact tracing in the future.From August 30 all taxi, limousine and ride-share operators will be forced to start using QR ...
- Qld to extend QR app to ride-share vehicles, as state records no new caseson August 21, 2021 at 5:26 am
From August 30, ride-share vehicles, including taxis and Uber, will be required to use the QR code, Deputy Premier Steven Miles announced on Sunday.
- California judge sides with ride-share app drivers in blow to Uber, Lyfton August 21, 2021 at 12:45 am
California Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch ruled that Proposition 22, a measure that denied ride-share app drivers benefits, was unconstitutional.
- Proposition 22, The Gig Worker Exemption For Ride Share And Food Delivery Drivers, Is Ruled Unconstitutionalon August 20, 2021 at 10:10 pm
Proposition 22, which classifies app-based drivers as independent contractors with their own labor and wage policies, was ruled unconstitutional on Friday by a California judge.
- California state ballot measure declaring ride-share drivers independent contractors unconstitutional: judgeon August 20, 2021 at 7:57 pm
A California judge said in a Friday ruling a state ballot measure passed in November declaring Uber and Lyft drivers independent contractors is unconstitutional.
- Ride-Share E-Scooters Coming To Littletonon August 19, 2021 at 9:04 am
A ride-share company is sending electric scooters to Littleton, the city announced Wednesday. The Bird scooters are set to hit the streets The city's partnership with Bird aims to ease parking and ...
- Commentary: What I learned as a ride-share driver in Charlestonon August 14, 2021 at 10:30 am
The political and social consequences of economic inequality are perennial concerns in the political philosophy and political science literature that informed my teaching at the College of Charleston.
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