New Delhi [India], Dec 6 : Taxi aggregator Uber on Tuesday announced the launch of 'UberFLEET', an android app for its fleet-partners in India to improve the overall productivity for fleet owners by making the process of managing drivers more efficient and reducing their downtime.
Largest on-demand ride-sharing company has hundreds of thousands of driver partners in India, and a lot of them have progressed forward in life as entrepreneurs.
"We built technology that supports them in managing their fleets.
A big win for Uber drivers in California, as a judge has allowed them to take legal action to find out whether they are contractors or employees. Three Uber drivers have filed case against Uber stating that they were employees of the company.
Lonnie Giamela, a labor lawyer in Los Angeles, said, “Today's ruling sets the stage for a trial and a legal battle that will have dramatic implications for Uber's business model as well as more generally how independent contractors are viewed under California law”.
US District Court Judge Edward Chen in San Francisco made the decision. In the case, many plaintiffs said that they were employees of the company, but due to expenses and tips they have been shortchanged.
It has been reported that an examination has been launched by the Massachusetts attorney general’s office into catering of Uber and Lyft to people having disabilities. It could lead to more regulatory issues for the ride-hailing companies.
Both the companies have been accused of refusing service to the disabled people. The Massachusetts investigation could be for the first time, when a state attorney general is looking into the matter.
A recently conducted survey has showed that business travelers are embracing the new sharing economy like Uber and are ditching the traditional modes of travelling. According to Neveu, the fact that business travelers are adopting new services is partly a result of companies changing their policies.
Certify, a travel and expense firm, has stated that a tremendous decrease in rental car usage was seen in the three months ended in June, all because of benefits offered by Uber.
It was found that Uber overtook taxis as the most expensed form of ground transportation, according to Certify. Uber accounted for 55 % of ground transportation receipts compared with taxis at 43 %.
Didi Kuaidi, China's leading taxi-hailing platform, raised $2 billion through fundraising that started nearly two weeks ago. The Chinese taxi-hailing app did so as the company is battling with Uber Technologies in China.
Didi Kuaidi, which is backed by Alibaba and Tencent calls itself the world's largest one-stop mobile-based transportation network. It also said its fundraising attracted 'tremendous interest' from global investors.
The company also stated that it is further looking forwards to raise a few hundred million dollars from its new investors in the coming month.
Cheng Wei, chief executive officer and chairman of the company said, "The fact that global investors are eager to participate in this fundraising round shows their confidence in the development of our company".
California Labor Commission ruled that Uber needs to treat its drivers as employees instead of independent contractors. That would mean Uber would have to provide unemployment insurance and pay for workers' compensation for its drivers.
The labor commission wants Uber to classify Barbara Berwick as an employee rather than a contractor.
Uber uses technology to match freelance drivers to passengers needing a lift. Similarly apps, such as Airbnb or Handy, match those having a spare room or domestic/trades skills with those in need. This approach is termed as the sharing economy and is seen by some as potentially beneficial to the functioning of the labor market.
A Deputy labor commissioner gave a ruling in Uber's case saying that Uber driver is not an independent contractor, but an employee of the company.
A California labor commission gave the ruling this month for Uber, the 'ride-sharing' company that has become a bogeyman to some folks in the Capitol and the bureaucracy.
Citing the reason why an Uber driver is not an independent contractor, but an employee, a deputy labor commissioner said that Uber regulates drivers and dictates many of their rules.
If Uber, Lyft and other similar ride-sharing companies start treating their drivers as their employees and paying every manner of cost, and following every part of the labor code that applies to employees, their competitive advantage and business model will crumble.
Travis Kalanick, Co-founder of Uber, was choking standing on stage at Uber's 5th Birthday celebrations. He added that it is a major milestone for the company.
The audience including drivers, employees, the press, and his parents chuckled appreciatively when Kalanick filled up with emotions admitted that he is not perfect and nor is his company.
He said like everyone else they have also made several mistakes, but at Uber, they are passionate enough to learn from their mistakes.
In its five years of run Uber has been marvelous. Available in 311 cities in 58 countries, it employs 3,000 people full time and has on boarded more than 1 million drivers.
Uber could soon be among one of the most valuable venture-backed startups in history following a fresh fundraising round that may increase its worth up to nearly $50 billion.
If Uber successfully concludes the fresh funding round, it would become one of the most valuable venture-backed startups in history. This would put Uber on a par with Facebook, which was valued at $50 billion before its IPO.
The valuation hike has come just six months after the controversial taxi-hailing app notched up a $40 billion valuation after it took in another $1.2 billion from investors for funding its overseas expansion. According to reports now, it is looking at raising a further $1.5 billion.
Three anonymous sources with the New York Times have reported that Uber is offering nearly $3 billion to Nokia's mapping service HERE.
The step followed the reports by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) that three German automakers, BMW, Audi, and Daimler's Mercedes-Benz, have joined together to make a bid for the service with the Chinese search engine Baidu.
Some people would be unfamiliar with Nokia's mapping service 'HERE', one source with the WSJ told that HERE is the most advanced digital mapping service in the world.
It has been found that Nokia has invested several hundreds of millions of dollars into mapping software in order to keep it as up-to-date as possible from year to year.
Chinese officials have widened investigations into the operations of the mobile taxi-hailing service Uber. The company is facing legal charges in several other countries for unfair competition and improperly vetted drivers.
On Wednesday, the Chinese officials have visited Uber offices in the southwestern city of Chengdu to ascertain if Uber was allowing private drivers to offer their services via the taxi-hailing app. This January, the Chinese government banned drivers of private cars from offering such services through apps.
Last year, Uber started using its stable of cars and drivers for deliveries of goods. Though some of its experiments worked out, like its food delivery service UberEATS, but at the same time others did not, like its same-day household goods delivery service, called UberESSENTIALS.
Besides all these, the company also has a package delivery service called UberRUSH, which it has sometimes used in teaming up with retailers.
All of that has seemingly been a prelude to its big play, which has apparently been revealed in a report from TechCrunch on Tuesday.
The site gained access to the documents which showed that Uber has been getting ready to launch a new merchant delivery program, with the company going to enter into partnerships with retailers to deliver their goods.
Transport and ridesharing company Uber has announced that it is going to launch its food delivery service, UberEATS, in Chicago and New York City. The company provided same service in Barcelona and Los Angeles, which was successful.
According to the company headquartered in San Francisco, for the service, it partners with local restaurants that offer one menu item daily to Uber customers. The company said that it will deliver a customer's order in just 10 minutes or less. Jason Droege, who serves as Head of Uber Everything for Uber, said that the company is capable of delivering food to customer in the promised time.
On Tuesday, Portland City Council permitted ride-sharing companies to operate in the city. Approval has been given for a four-month-long project that includes certain regulations and also requires firms to provide access to disabled riders.
The meeting took place for more than four hours in which the council has voted 3-2 to allow app-based ride services, including Uber and Lyft to operate in Portland. Mayor Charlie Hales is in the favor of the plan and has voted in the favor.
"This is a change that none of us wanted. The cab companies didn't want it. I didn't want it. It's a change that - like a lot of change that is all around us right now - is coming pretty fast", affirmed Hales.
An elderly driver of Uber is suffering from cancer and is likely to die soon. A university student in the United States has come forward to somewhat better the plight of the dying driver. He has helped raise more than $100,000 for Kenneth Broskey who was diagnosed with Oropharyngeal cancer two years ago. After knowing about his condition, he decided to take up a second job to help his daughter and two grandchildren pay off their $95,000 mortgage.
However, his doctors told him two weeks ago that he was just left with weeks to live. It didn't lead the former real-estate agent to seek admission in a hospital and he instead decided to work full-time to raise money to help his family.
A grandfather from Michigan has been battling with cancer for two years. Ten days ago, he came to know that he has somewhere between just two to 10 weeks to live.
Doctors have recommended Kenneth Broskey to get into hospice care but the 69-year-old has decided to continue working full-time as an Uber driver and real estate agent in the Detroit area.
Broskey told ABC News that he's been trying to raise as much money as possible so that his daughter, 46, and his two grandchildren, aged 13 and 9, have somewhere to live, after his death.
Broskey said, "Once I pass away, chances are my daughter, who's a part-time waitress at a small restaurant in Livonia, will lose the house we live in because she won't be able to afford it anymore".
According to a new report by expense-management system provider Certify, 47% of the ground transportation rides in March were through Uber.
The transportation rides tripled from the 14% of rides that Uber had just over a year ago in January 2014. Uber now tops taxi rides for business travelers in few cities. Certify based its findings on receipts submitted by North American clients each year.
In its hometown of San Francisco, 71% of rides during the first quarter were for Uber, 29% used taxis. Uber also beat out all other forms of ground transportation in Dallas, accounting for 56% of the rides.
In November, a Chicago Uber driver was accused of sexually assaulting a passenger. But officials told that prosecutors have dropped charges against him.
Sally Daly, a spokeswoman for the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, was of the view that new evidence was presented to prosecutors making them to dismiss the charges against Maxime Fohounhedo.
"This new evidence was thoroughly reviewed and authenticated and after consultation with the complaining witness the charges were dismissed", said Daly.
The Chicago Tribune newspaper reported that the evidence was a video of around nine minutes. The video was recorded by Fohounhedo on his cell phone during the November ride incident. On the video, two can be heard of having a friendly conversation.
According to USA today, a police detective from the New York City Police Department has been transferred after a video went viral, in which he criticized an Uber driver. It reports that he has also been put on modified assignment.
According to NYPD Police Commissioner William J. Bratton, the officer's behavior was not good and it badly affects reputation of the police.
According to reports, the detective, Patrick Cherry from NYPD's Joint Terrorism Task Force, seemed to get angry at an Uber driver. The driver is said to have honked at him for not signaling in a parking attempt. As per reports, at that time, Cherry was in an unmarked car.
San Antonio announced on Tuesday that ride-sharing company Uber cannot operate in the city. But, the neighboring towns of the second most populous city in the state of Texas said that they want the company provide its ridesharing services in their cities.
Earlier this month, San Antonio officials signed off a rule which requires drivers to have permission to operate in Alamo city. According to reports, if a driver picks up a passenger in nearby cities, the Uber driver will not be able to use streets of San Antonio to reach at the destination.
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