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Uber Expands Self-Driving Safety Report

Published on Aug 31, 2020 at 7:17 am in Rideshare Safety.

In light of the National Transportation Safety Board placing partial blame on Uber for a fatal 2018 crash, Uber has vowed to publicize more in-depth safety information regarding its self-driving vehicles.

According to Bloomberg, Uber supports the idea of transparency. The company will make a Safety Case Framework for public release. Additionally, the company plans to establish an independent Safety and Responsibility Advisory Board.

Woman Sentenced to 27 Years in Prison for Murder of Uber Driver

Published on Aug 28, 2020 at 7:28 am in News.

Courthouse steps

Eliza Wasni, 19, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and was sentenced to 27 years in prison for the stabbing of an Uber driver in a Chicago suburb in 2017.

On May 30, 2017, Wasni was leaving a 24-hour Walmart before dawn in Skokie. She shoplifted a knife and machete and called an Uber. Surveillance footage from Walmart showed Wasni, who at the time was a student at Taft High School, walking around the store with the weapons and then leaving without paying for them.

New Study Suggests Rideshare Services Improve Healthcare Access

Published on Aug 27, 2020 at 7:34 am in Rideshare Services.

According to a recently released Lyft blog, rideshare services are helping improve access to preventative care, reduce the strain on hospital emergency departments, and provide an improved overall healthcare experience for Medicaid beneficiaries.

The analysis looked at three Lyft healthcare partners, including AmeriHealth Caritas DC, Centene, and Amerigroup Tennessee. AmeriHealth Caritas DC is a Medicaid plan serving more than 100,000 residents in the Washington D.C. area and Centene serves underserved populations.

Uber Poll Suggests Drivers Support Independent Contractor Status

Published on Aug 26, 2020 at 7:13 am in News.

As Uber and California continue to battle over the employment status of rideshare drivers, Uber has released a poll showing that their drivers “overwhelmingly support” being classified as independent contractors.

The survey was conducted by Benenson Strategy Group and GS Strategy Group. According to The Hill, the survey found that 82 percent of drivers support their independent contractor status. Only 15 percent state they would prefer to receive traditional employment status and benefits.

Orange County Residents Nearly Left Stranded After Threatened Lyft Suspension

Published on Aug 25, 2020 at 7:39 am in News.

As rideshare companies Lyft and Uber continue their legal battle with the state of California regarding employee classification, the turmoil is having an impact on those who utilize rideshare services.

According to Voice of OC, Orange County transportation officials got rid of the underutilized public bus service in San Clemente. They replaced the public service with private rideshare app services like Lyft. With Uber and Lyft threatening to shut down in California on August 20, those in the San Clemente area were concerned about how they would get around.