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Uber Restarting Testing with New Autonomous Vehicle Model Later This Year

Published on Aug 2, 2019 at 2:01 pm in Technology.

If you live in a more rural part of the country, you might not know that self-driving Ubers have been on the road in some cities since December 2016. Uber claims autonomous driving could reduce traffic deaths by 94% because they eliminate human error. With those numbers, it could bring traffic deaths in the U.S. down from 40,000 a year to 2,400 a year.

While Uber has been testing these self-driving vehicles on the road for years now, they removed them from the roads immediately following the deadly Uber accident last year. Right now, testing is solely at a secret facility in Pittsburgh. But soon, self-driving Ubers will return to traffic.

What the U.S. is Doing to Improve the Handling of Electric Rental Scooters

Published on Jul 31, 2019 at 3:38 pm in Electric Scooters.

Electric rental scooters are taking the U.S. by storm. With locations all over the country, including some universities, the scooters provide an efficient and cost-effective means of transportation. That’s not to say, however, that the system doesn’t have its problems. In some cities, this newest mode of travel is creating inconveniences for pedestrians and motorists. Some are even winding up injured as a result of others’ negligence. While the e-scooters are benefiting those that use them, cities are trying to improve the handling involved in an attempt to reduce the overall number of issues for all residents.

Are Uber and Lyft Drivers Indirectly Encouraged to Ignore Traffic Laws?

Published on Jun 27, 2019 at 2:33 pm in Rideshare Lawsuits.

While rideshare companies offer useful services to people who are looking for a quick, efficient, and fairly inexpensive form of travel, there are negligent drivers that put passengers at risk. Any driver, whether they’re working for a rideshare company or not, can be reckless behind the wheel. Based on how rideshare companies work, however, it’s important to question if the systems indirectly encourage drivers to ignore or break traffic laws.

The Flaws of the Rideshare System

Uber and Lyft work in a similar way, and the system is fairly simple. Smartphones connect drivers with riders. When a person requests a ride, a nearby driver can accept the request. The rider is given an estimated time of arrival and is notified when their driver arrives. When the rider enters the vehicle, the driver will confirm the drop-off point and start the ride. Once the car reaches the destination, the rider exits and they are automatically charged for the fare on the preferred payment method. Some cities give riders the option to pay cash. When the trip ends, both parties are asked to rate each other.

Rideshare Scams You Need to Watch Out For

Published on Jun 13, 2019 at 12:57 pm in Rideshare Safety.

Companies like Uber and Lyft are supposed to hire reliable drivers who get paying passengers where they need to go. Unfortunately, there are those out there that try to abuse the system and the passenger pays the price. While some scams could result in financial loss or a missed appointment, others could result in death. Whether you frequently use a rideshare service or are new to the system, it’s important to be aware of the common scams and how to avoid them.

What Can Uber Do to Better Screen Drivers for Safety Violations?

Published on May 30, 2019 at 3:25 pm in Rideshare Safety.

In Pennsylvania, Uber operates their business under the subsidiary Rasier-PA. In May 2018, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) audited the company and determined their driver background check process and safety features were inadequate. There are, however, steps Uber can take to better screen drivers for safety violations and improve riders’ experiences.

Prior to working as a driver for Uber, prospects are required to undergo a series of background checks. This includes their personal information, employment history, motor vehicle record, and criminal record. All the background checks are conducted by Checkr, and a team from Rasier-PA evaluates the results to make a final decision. Once the person has been cleared, they can activate their driver profile and begin accepting rides.