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Rideshare Drivers Beware: There’s a New Phone Scam in Town! (A Personal Story)

*The other evening while I was on the road, a dear friend called to warn me about something. We both drive ride share, and he said a friend of his — another ride share driver — had just been scammed.

When he described what happened I honestly thought to myself, “and he fell for that?”

But hey, I’m not here to judge. He was in driver mode and the voice at the other end of the line must’ve “sounded authentic.”

After all was said and done, the scammer had stolen his entire week’s wages — upwards of $1200 — from his bank account.

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Uber Halts Testing of Self-Driving Vehicles After Arizona Pedestrian is Killed (Watch)

*The Uber rideshare service has put a stop to its testing of autonomous vehicles after a woman crossing the street in Arizona was struck and killed by one of its driverless cars.

The car, a Volvo XC90, actually had a safety operator behind the wheel when the collision occurred.

Are you thinking the same thing I’m thinking? If the “safety operator” couldn’t do anything…???

Via a statement on Twitter Uber said: “Our hearts go out to the victim’s family. We are fully cooperating with local authorities in their investigation of this incident.”

The National Transportation Safety Board said in a tweet that it is “sending a team to investigate” the incident.

The ride-share giant had reportedly been testing its autonomous cars all over Arizona — giving rides to a small number of people.  Continue reading

Ouch! Disney Sticks it to Uber, Decides to Partner With Lyft

 

*Uber must be fuming a hearty ‘Well then!’ after Disney, the world’s most recognized theme park franchise, chose to partner with their ride share rival, Lyft. Now families can hail a Lyft Minnie Van to travel throughout the park as they visit the happiest place on earth. And the entire ride will only cost them $20.

?Since we?re all about exceeding guest expectations and making every aspect of your vacation uniquely Disney, we?re creating a new point-to-point transportation service in a way that only Disney can do,? Bob Chapek, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts  wrote on the Disney Parks Blog.

The Minnie vans will take park visitors any place they want to go at the Walt Disney World Resort, allowing them to ride in Minnie?s classic style. Continue reading

Do You Ride Uber? Lyft? Any Ride share? Here’s Six Things That Really Tick Your Driver Off!

*Ride share, the new form of transportation, has no doubt changed the infrastructure of how we move around the city. Riders are elated that they can now order a car by clicking on an app, ride in relative peace and comfort, and know that the simple act of sitting down won’t cost them $4.65.

But unfortunately, as is the case with anything that humans touch, if they can take advantage, they will. You have riders making demands, abusing property, and being downright careless when it comes to being transported. They seem to believe the absence of a scratched up sliding glass partition or the absent smell of stale cigarettes in the air gives them the right to certain privileges they would never expect from a taxi.

I’m here to tell you, you’re wrong. 

Here’s six things that do nothing but piss a ride share driver off and make the ride less pleasant.

The second you get into a car, don’t ask the driver to change the channel, turn the music down, or cut the radio off.

This is the drivers car. Not yours. They signed up to transport you safely from one destination to another; of course they aim to do this professionally, in a way that is comfortable to everyone involved.

Give him or her time to acclimate to the fact that someone just got into the car. It’s doubtful the volume is high to begin with. Generally, a driver keeps the radio at a comfortable level in the event the rider needs to make or accept a phone call. But en route to pick you up, the radio may be a tad louder. Many drivers also keep the rario on to stay alert. It can be tiresome driving around all day.

Don’t start making demands the moment you sit down. It’s rude. Don’t do it. And in the words of the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, Whats-N-evah you do, DON’T TOUCH THE RADIO..

…at least without asking first! 

A bonus tip on this topic: Bring your own headphones, don’t assume you can take over the car and use the drivers aux cord!

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It’s Official! Uber Teams With NASA…Here Comes Flying Cars! (Watch)

Whew! Well at least there’s a pilot!

*OK, technically it will be called UberAir…but “flying cars” sounds so much more…how shall I say… exciting, don’t you think? Oh I know what some of you might be thinking: “I’ve barely gotten over getting into the car with a complete stranger.” “I’m even more terrified at the thought of driver-less cars!”

Now Uber wants me to be up in the sky in one?

“Where will it end?” might be your final question. Allow me get that for you…

It won’t.

I get the feeling Uber is trying to take over the planet, no, the  Universe. But that’s a story for another day.

On Wednesday the gargantuan ride share company officially teamed up with NASA to develop a traffic systems for a flying car project it hopes to start testing in 2020. Continue reading

Did You Know Uber’s New CBO is An African Woman? A Fierce One at That! (Watch)

 

Bozoma Saint John

*Wow! Uber is trying to shift their groove in a major way. Why come [sic] no big deal has been made about the fact that they’ve placed a gorgeous African woman from Ghana in the role of Chief Brand Officer with the company nearly four months ago? 

That’s like forever ago where news like this is concerned.

The ride-share company brought Bozoma Saint John on board this past June. Perhaps everyone was still distracted by Uber CEO, Travis Kalanick, who resigned in disgrace on June 21st after months of complaints about his controversial leadership ethics.

But Saint John’s hiring alone kicks two big complaints about Uber executive staffing practices into another gear. One, she’s a woman (and we’ve heard the sexism accusations made public by female Uber ex-employees), and two, she’s far from Caucasian.

Do I have your attention yet?

Uber is not Saint John’s first time at bat with a huge company. She has been in executive roles at Pepsi, Apple Music and iTunes, and Ashley Stewart just to name a few. 

And I think you’ll agree after seeing the video below, where she was interviewed by Gayle King only one month after signing on with the ride-share company that managed to change the entire infrastructure of the transportation industry, she doesn’t fit the mold of your typical, boring, puppet of an executive. Instead, in such an important role as branding honcho, she seems outspoken, fearless and quite unapologetically…

Fierce. 

Heck, she once taught a college course on Tupac Shakur, led executives at Apple?s Worldwide Developers Conference on a sing-along to Rappers Delight and even scored a major coupe with Queen Bey.

And get this, in an interview with Glamour magazine Saint John said…

Uber will never be the same after I leave.”

Is it any wonder she’s known as “Badazz Boz” online? Oh, but I SO getting ahead of myself.

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CEO Kyle Thomas Offers Commuters Another Travel Option With ‘Catchr’ App!

*(Los Angeles, CA) ? Kyle Thomas, a Los Angeles-based entrepreneur recently entered the technology business with his newest invention — ?Catchr? a state-of-the-art app that allows commuters to request and purchase rides from their smart phone.  Getting to and from the bus stop or train station remains a significant barrier to using public transportation. Even though many commuters are interested in using public transportation, many are discouraged because they still have to spend time and money on using their own car, a taxi, UBER or Lyft to reach their final destination.  Catchr closes the gap by transporting passengers from the train or bus stop to their office or to their home at an affordable cost.

Catchr?s services are targeted to first and last mile users. This usually means commuters who need to get from the train or bus station to their final destination, which is usually home.  Catchr eliminates stress by freeing commuters from having to use their cars and pay for parking. Catchr also transports passengers from train stations to shopping centers, from business parks to bus terminals, or from doorstep to doorstep.

As Kyle Thomas explains to EURThisNthat, ?What I?ve created is a ?liquid? flexible routing system between point A and B.  We want to ease the lives of commuters by offering them a stress-free experience and live up to our slogan ?Always Going Your Way!?

Catchr CEO, Kyle Thomas

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Will Uber and Lyft Make Taxi’s Obsolete? According to Recent Stats…Maybe

 

Ride-share. Who’d a thunk it five years ago?  Well, outside of the brilliant minded folks who were working on it behind the scenes, that is.

Who would have imagined one day we, the general public, would not only be able to push a button on our phone screen; jump into the car of a complete stranger and end up at our destination’ but we’d be able to — barring any criminal history — be the drivers behind many of those cars?

The industry has totally changed the way we travel AND the economy — the way we make money.

But that’s an article for another day!

As for travel, its hard to ignore the fact that many folks are switching from taxi to Uber — the largest ride-hailing company in the world, or Lyft, a close second; where they not only notice a decrease in travel costs, but a difference in how a rider is treated (not to mention cleaner cars that don’t smell like stale cigarettes!).

But does this mean the taxi industry is becoming obsolete? Continue reading