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Doordash and The On-demand Gig Industry

 

Serving efficiently in the on-demand industry is very important as the market provides a level playing field for all players. DoorDashDoorDash as a fairly new player in the food delivery industry and is aware of the strong competition they have to face on a daily basis. Providing a service that is attractive for both consumers and drivers is important to DoorDash. Launched in 2013 by Evan Charles Moore, Andy Fang, Stanley Tang and Tony Xu, DoorDash currently operates in just major cities in the US cities and seems to be a company drivers want to drive for.

 

DoorDash’s Distinct Features

  • a self-learning dispatch system  that adapts to certain variables such as expected demand 
  • a capacity algorithm to anticipate how many drivers they’ll need on duty during a particular period
  • smart technology around preparation time, so driver’s don’t arrive too early – before the food is ready; too late – when the food’s getting cold
  • A planning system that allows drivers to pick up from multiple places and deliver to the consumers in batches, rather than just dealing with one order at a time

They ensure that the three parties (the consumer, the restaurants and DoorDash) involved in the transaction have the easiest time getting things done. Customers are able to clearly follow their order – tracking and receiving their food at the most appropriate time. Restaurants, on the other hand, are able to leverage an additional point of sales and a new channel of advertising their services.

 

Services

DoorDash, as already stated, offers seamless food delivery to customers. However, other factors come together to form the convenient service they are widely known for.      

 

Pricing (How much do dashers earn?)

DoorDash drivers (called dashers) can make good money and they also keep 100% of the tips.

Dashers are paid $6 per delivery and an average of $10 – $15 per hour. In any event that a driver does not make up to $10 in an hour, DoorDash pays the difference to the driver. Drivers drive anytime they like as the work is quite flexible. DoorDashFor the partnering restaurants, DoorDash takes an undisclosed cut off the cost of orders placed through its system.

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Basic Requirements for DoorDash Drivers

  • Drivers must have clean driving records
  • Drivers must be 18 or older with at least 1 year of driving experience
  • Drivers cannot have any major violations in the last 7 years, including: DUI, Reckless Driving, Homicide or Assault, driving with a suspended license, Failure to stop or report and driving with a license that is suspended or expired
  • Drivers with less than 2 years of driving experience cannot have any incidents* in the last 3 years
  • Drivers under 21 with more than 2 years of driving experience cannot have more than 1 incident* in the last 3 years
  • Drivers 21 and older with more than 2 years of driving experience cannot have more than 2 incidents* in the last 3 years
  • You must pass a background check.

 

DoorDash Regions

The present DoorDash regions are: Northern CaliforniaSouthern CaliforniaSeattleMinneapolis. Other cities includes: HoustonIndianapolisPhoenixDallasNew York CityChicagoBrooklynBostonWashington DCAtlantaManhattanSee More…

 

There have been a lot of postulations that DoorDash will do well if the scope of the business is widened to adopt other on-demand services. We have to wait to see if this is a business model they will consider as the company seems to be doing very well in food delivery for now.

 

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GrubHub vs DoorDash

 

GrubHub and DoorDash are companies that provide consumers with different platforms for ordering food online and placing food delivery requests. The food delivery industry is seeing the rapid entrants of new players all vying for a piece of the pie. This post seeks to address the differences between two key players in the food delivery industry – GrubHub and DoorDash.

 

GrubHub

GrubHub is the nation’s leading online and mobile food ordering company dedicated to connecting hungry diners with local takeout restaurants. The company’s online and mobile ordering platforms allow diners to order directly from more than 45,000 takeout restaurants in over 1,100 U.S. cities and also in London. Every order is supported by the company’s 24/7 customer service teams. GrubHub has offices in Chicago, New York and London. User account is charged as soon as the order is placed. GrubHub (2)GrubHub merged with food delivery service – Seamless in 2013. Its food delivery arm was launched in 2015 joining competitors like Cavier and Deliveryroo. Grubhub currently offers a strategic delivery price point to consumers charging them the same delivery rate restaurants charge which is 14%. This is a step ahead others who charge up to 20-30%. This move has soared delivery requests for Grubhub which currently delivers for over 3000 restaurants.  GrubHub also lets users review restaurant – an incentive for restaurants to give the best service.

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Basic Requirements for GrubHub Drivers

  • Must have a reliable vehicle
  • A clean driving record
  • A valid driver’s license and
  • An Auto insurance policy.

Grubhub currently pays between 10-13$ per hour and 3-9$ per delivery depending on certain factors like cancellation rates and tips

A key incentive to drive for Grubhub is the company’s level of popularity. Since inception in 2004, Grubhub has garnered about 5 million active users and over 203,000 orders per day. This allows drivers have a steady stream of deliveries daily and this translates to more money. However, a downside for this level of popularity could mean an over-saturation of drivers hustling for work.

GrubHub also delivers other items from local merchants.

 

DoorDash

Doordash is open and ready for business in 250+ US cities.Using the Doordash app, users search and sort by local flavors, nicest price, or speediest ETA. The next step is to place an order and kick back as you track your fresh meal racing straight for you. This service, just like Grubhub brings your meal right to your doorstep. GrubHub (1)DoorDash drivers (called dashers) can make good money and they also keep 100% of the tips. They drive anytime they like.

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Basic Requirements for DoorDash Drivers

  • Drivers must have clean driving records
  • Drivers must be 18 or older with at least 1 year of driving experience
  • Drivers cannot have any major violations in the last 7 years, including: DUI, Reckless Driving, Homicide or Assault, driving with a suspended license, Failure to stop or report and driving with a license that is suspended or expired
  • Drivers with less than 2 years of driving experience cannot have any incidents* in the last 3 years
  • Drivers under 21 with more than 2 years of driving experience cannot have more than 1 incident* in the last 3 years
  • Drivers 21 and older with more than 2 years of driving experience cannot have more than 2 incidents* in the last 3 years
  • You must pass a background check.

*An incident is an accident or a moving violation other than a major violation. An accident and violation occurring at the same time will be considered one incident.

Dashers are paid $6 per delivery and an average of $10 – $15 per hour. Dashers get to keep their tips.

Generally, I think GrubHub has seen more over time. GrubHub is present in over 4 times the DoorDash cities and has a lot of interesting features. I am particularly fascinated by the rating feature and the fact that users can use a lot more search filters than is are provided in DoorDash. Figure out what service best suits you and try to earn more money. Remember, these services offer flexible schedules, so take advantage of these schedules to grow your income.

 

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Event Planning Just Got Easier With UberEVENTS

 

What is UberEVENTS?

Uber has a knack for introducing various services that add color to consumer experience. All services introduced by Uber aim at making commuting from one place to the other easier. UberEVENTS is an innovative product in the world of Uber services. With UberEVENTS, say good riddance to worrying over getting your guests to your party on time or wondering if your event hosts got lost en-route. Those days are now over.UberEvents 

UberEVENTS enables party hosts and planners plan the easy and safe arrival of guests. Uber released a statement on their blog saying: “UberEVENTS allows event organizers and party planners to purchase guest passes for their event attendees. Event hosts can set date, time, and location parameters, granting their guests credit off trips to their event. Hosts will only pay for the guest passes used by their guests.”

Uber announced this service sometime in September 2015. Allowing event organizers to book rides ahead for their guests is a good way to make the world of event planning easier. Even more, it saves the guests the trouble of getting themselves down to the event venue. Uber first launched this service in New York and weeks later, it was opened to all in the US.

 

How it Works

Before this, there was no way people could purchase rides for others. As stated earlier, these rides are purchased in the form of guest passes, ahead of time for attendees. Uber even allows event organizers to customize the guest pass with a date, time or even a promotion code (if they wish). To use the passes, guests just enter the codes and voila! Access to ride is granted.

As Uber’s Senior Marketing Manager, Kimiko Ninomiya wrote on the Uber blog, “When planning a company happy hour, client appreciation dinner, or even upcoming nuptials, there is a lot that goes into ensuring that your event goes off without a hitch—including how your guests can safely get to and from without any fuss… we want to make the experience of planning transportation logistics as seamless as ordering a ride at the touch of a button.”

 

Public Reception

UberEVENTS has met with tremendous success since its launch with over 500 events booked through the platform. These events range from house warming parties of 20 attendees to conferences with over 1,500 attendees.

This is a great advantage for Uber drivers as drivers now know where to be to get rides. Before the pre-booked event ends, Uber alerts drivers that a certain event is wrapping up which prompts a high demand for rides to pick up party guests.

We hope to see this service spread to the other countries and cities where Uber is operational.

For people (Uber Drivers and Uber Passengers) that wish to utilize this new feature(UberEvents).   Start by downloading the Uber app  on your personal phones . You can learn how to do this here.

 

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What is UberRUSH?

 

The transportation giant Uber has introduced a service called UberRUSH. With UberRUSH, you can have a messenger carry your messages and deliver your items. This on-demand delivery service connects businesses and consumers by delivering and picking up packages and is also convenient for individuals who want items delivered to them. We will shed more information on what it’s like delivering for UberRUSH and how businesses and consumers can benefit from an innovative service like UberRUSH,

 

How Does UberRUSH Work?

This Uber service allows you to have a messenger deliver items and messages to you and for you.Uberrush This service allows Uber compete in a larger market – giving existing ‘messenger networks’ a run for their money. Users can track your deliveries and share the progress with friends if necessary. The most reliable time frame to use the UberRUSH service is between 8am and 10pm from Monday to Friday.

Businesses like Shopify have integrated this service into their systems hence putting the burden of delivering goods bought from them on another party. Once consumers buy a product and pay for delivery, an UberRush messenger is pinged to effect delivery of goods paid for. Uber insists that  messengers will not purchase items for delivery. The primary job of anyone who signs up to be an UberRush messenger is to pickup and make delivery.

 

How to Use the UberRUSH Service

  • Choose the Rush function
  • Enter the pickup location,
  • Enter the destination,
  • Enter the item description,
  • Other pertinent information.

An UberRush driver then accepts the job – if they want to.

However, users may NOT send for delivery:

  • People or animals of any size
  • Alcohol (or any other goods that require identification)
  • Illegal items
  • Dangerous items (weapons, explosives, flammable, etc.)
  • Stolen goods
  • Any items for which you do not have permission to send

Delivery partners reserve the right to refuse delivery of any of these items.

You should also know that the ETA function might not work or might malfunction when your messenger uses a subway.

 

Basic Requirements to Becoming an UberRush Messenger

To become an UberRush messenger, signup by clicking here

If you use a car:

  • You must be 19 years old,
  • Be able to lift 50 pounds,
  • Have a valid drivers license,
  • Auto insurance,
  • Vehicle registration,
  • One year of driving experience.

If you use a bike:

  • You must be 19 years old
  • Be able to lift 30 pounds.

In addition to the above, all couriers must go through a background check and interview to ensure they are, safe, trained, and reliable. You must have a good knowledge of routes in your town and own a Smartphone as well.

This is definitely a safe procedure that ensures that you will be safe while using this service. Also, Uber has been generous enough to put in place a delivery guarantee policy. The policy states that if an item up to $250 or lesser is lost due to the gross negligence or willful misconduct on the messenger’s part, Uber will take the fall for it. Be aware that this does not involve any of the restricted goods in the list above. To ensure that you are at peace, Uber allows you call your messenger at any time by tapping the arrow next to his / her info at the bottom of the Uber app.

 

Cancellation and Related Policies

You will have to pay a cancellation fee if a messenger refuses to do your delivery due to issues such as:

  • Item being over the recommended size or weight,
  • It is a prohibited item 
  • Asking a messenger to purchase an item. 

Uber has already indicated that messengers reserve the right to refuse to accept any item at their sole discretion. Uber also has a chain of custody policy. This policy states that there must be someone at the delivery address to receive your item(s). In order to complete delivery, messenger must text requester indicating that the item has been dropped off, and this text must include the name of the recipient. If you want to alter this procedure, you are required to send a text message indicating no recipient is necessary. If no one is available at the delivery address and chain of custody has not been duly altered, the messenger returns item(s) and bills requester [you] pays full delivery fare + a cancellation fee.

 

Pricing

Consumers are charged per delivery depending on factors like location and distance. Delivery costs range from $5 – $7 for the first mile, then customers are charged an extra fee of $2 to $4 per extra mile. UberRush messengers typically receive 75% to 80% of the total delivery fee.

 

That’s as much as you need to know about UberRUSH. We hope that you find this article helpful. Do well to inform us if there’s any additional information. Also give us feedback if you have used this service and share your experience in the comment box.

 

To signup for UberRUSH, please visit link here: UberRUSH Signup

 

 

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Uber Rate Cuts: History And What It Might Mean

 

Uber has been known to cut rates at some point in different cities. This post would discuss Uber rate cuts from 2014 to 2016.

 

Why these rate cuts?

When demand from passengers is low, and the number of existing Uber drivers keeps growing, Uber finds a way to even things out.Uber Rate Cuts Now, there is high probability that when price is cut, more riders see it as a chance to take advantage of the changes. You find that both existing users who forgot about their app begin to use the app again. That way during peak periods in a year (like winter months for example), many users who are already prone to using Uber have little or no choice but to continue with the service when the rates are raised again.

Uber rate cuts are also an incentive to attract new passengers in different cities. In some instances, Uber slashes rates in certain cities to compete or dominate in a market where other players exist.

 

Drivers voice their displeasure

When Uber reduced fares in Washington D.C  sometime in 2015, the Observer spoke to several drivers and gleaned that the rate cuts were making things difficult for Uber drivers. Uber rate cuts result in lower income for drivers. When Uber also cut rates in over 100 cities in that same year (although we only have data for 70+ in the table below), Uber drivers took to the streets to protest the cut.

To defend their course of action, Uber advocated that lower rates would mean more ride requests for drivers. However, drivers have realised that they have to increase productivity by over 45% in order to earn more. This is logical since higher fares will yield higher income; while lower fares will certainly yield low income except drivers take on more requests to meet up.

But was this move by Uber entirely with selfish motives?

 

Scrutinizing Uber rate cuts history

Taking a look at the excel matrix below that lists the history of Uber rate cuts, you would see that there were more rounds of rate cuts in 2014 than in 2015. During 2014, Uber was trying to find an easier way to reach an equilibrium at all times (slow or busy) that they tried a few strategies, including lowering their commission and giving 5% bonus per rides.  Uber Rate Cuts

These clearly shows the move to cut rates isn’t entirely selfish on the part of Uber. Some decisions are necessary for the greater good and Uber rate cuts seem to epitomize these kind of decisions.

By 2015, Uber seemed to have stabilized the level of rate cuts and seemed to be aware of when rate cuts were good for business.

Fast forward to 2016, there’s was a wide spread cut in different cities. Do drivers have the right to be angry? Certainly. However, in the long run, this move will help Uber retain its position as an industry leader. As an Uber driver, you get to enjoy the benefits of driving with a company that guarantees an impressive number of ride requests daily.

Having to work a little harder to protect the company’s reputation will ensure you never lack a steady stream of income. In the grand scheme of things, Uber rate cuts are a Win – Win for everyone involved.

See the history of rate cuts that we successfully gathered in the sheet below and let us know your thoughts and any other data you think would help this post by leaving a comment.

 

Date cities % of the cut Average cut% for the year reason Reference URL
0/01/2014 Atlanta, Baltimore, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Nashville, Orange County, Phoenix, Sacramento, San Francisco, Seattle, and Tucson. 20 and 30% (varying for some cities) To compete with other car service companies across the world http://techcrunch.com/2014/01/09/big-uberx-price-cuts/
9/6/2014 Indianapolis (uberXL only)
New Jersey
Providence
Raleigh-Durham
Tampa
Tuscon
up to 30% to give riders the lowest fare offer they can get and make Uber an everyday option http://ridesharedashboard.com/2014/09/06/uber-fare-update-reductions-6-markets/
9/19/2014 Fresno
Modesto
Sacramento
San Francisco
30 to 40% to give riders greater level ease and value for their money http://ridesharedashboard.com/2014/09/19/uber-fare-update-reductions-4-markets/
10/18/2014 Ann Arbor
Kansas City
Madison
Miami
Oklahoma City
Orlando
Providence
Tulsa
28.%, 31%, 7%, 16%, 17%, 22%, 24%, 17% to give riders greater level ease and value for their money http://ridesharedashboard.com/2014/10/18/uber-fare-update-reductions-8-markets/
10/23/2014 Dallas
Detroit
Indianapolis
San Antonio
New Jersey (added on October 24th)
10%, 19%, 13%, 14%, 14% to give riders greater level ease and value for their money http://ridesharedashboard.com/2014/10/23/uber-fare-update-cuts-5-markets/
11/12/2014 Asheville, NC
Austin
Cincinnati
Cleveland
Louisville
Sacramento
Vancouver, WA
7%, 8%, 9%, 33%, 17%, 7% N/A to give riders greater level ease and value for their money http://ridesharedashboard.com/2014/11/12/uber-fare-update-cuts-8-markets/
2/10/2014 Phoenix, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto 32%, 13%, 50%, 13%, 9%, 9% to give riders greater level ease and value for their money http://ridesharedashboard.com/2015/02/10/uber-fare-cuts-phoenix-dc-canada-2-cities/
January – 2015 Albuquerque, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Baton, Rouge, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Connecticut, Corpus, Christi, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Fayetteville NC, Fresno, Grand Rapids, Hampton Roads, Indianapolis, Inland Empire, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Lansing, Lexington, Lincoln, Los Angeles, Louisville, Madison, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Modesto, Oklahoma City, Orange County, Orlando, Palm Springs, Phoenix, Portland ME, Providence, Raleigh-Durham, Richmond, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Spokane, Toledo, Tucson, Tulsa, Wilmington, NC 27, 11% , 28% , 16% , 25% , 37% , 25% , 32%, 15% , 21% , 45% , 12% , 10% , 28% , 23% , 42% , 28% , 36% , 20% , 30% , 26% , 35% , 13% , 55% , 24% , 29% ,, 29% ,,20%
25% , 16% , 47% , 33% , 19% , 10% , 15% , 32%
31%
11%
29%
18%
25%
21%
42%
49%
33%
18%
27%
24%
to give riders greater level ease and value for their money http://ridesharedashboard.com/2015/01/09/uber-price-cut-in-48-cities-detailed-analysis/
July – 2015 Asheville
Little Rock
Piedmont
Pittsburgh, Cedar Rapid
Des Moines
Kalamazoo
Lansing, Atlanta, Richmond, Austin
Dallas
Milwaukee
Oklahoma City
Tulsa
15%, 16%, 20%, 21%, 24%, 26%, 34,% 20%, 11%, 11%, 7%, 24%, 18%, 14%, 14% to give riders greater level ease and value for their money http://ridesharedashboard.com/2015/07/22/uber-cuts-fares-in-10-cities-during-july-2015/
August/September – 2015 Bakersfield
Boston
Charleston
Palm Springs
Ventura, Dayton
Worcester, Phoenix,
11%, 7%, 21%, 17%, 25%, 28%, 7%, 20% to give riders greater level ease and value for their money http://ridesharedashboard.com/2015/10/05/uber-cuts-fares-in-7-cities-in-september-2015/ http://ridesharedashboard.com/2015/08/05/uber-cuts-fares-in-5-cities-in-august-2015/
Nov – 2015 Burlington, VT, Montreal, Central Atlantic Coast, Florida, Wilmington, Fort Myers, Honolulu, Pensacola, Fl
Sarasota, Boston (Time rate increase) , Charlotte , Annapolis , New Hampshire , St Lous , Green Bay , Connecticut , Miami
15%, 12%, 29%, 11%, 14%, 23%, 29%, 14%, 8%, 10%, 31%, 17%, 18%, 25%, 175, 11% 26% to give riders greater level ease and value for their money http://ridesharedashboard.com/2015/12/03/uber-cuts-fares-in-16-cities-in-oct-nov-2015/
January – 2016 Akron’‘Albuquerque’‘Amarillo’‘Asheville, NC’‘Augusta’‘Bakersfield’‘Baltimore’‘Boise’‘Charleston, SC’‘Chattanooga’‘Cincinnati’‘Cleveland’‘Columbia, SC’‘Denver’‘Des Moines’‘Detroit’‘El Paso’‘Fargo’‘Fayetteville, NC’‘Fort Wayne’‘Fresno’‘Gainesville’‘Greater Maryland’‘Greenville, SC’‘Hamilton‘Hampton Roads’‘Houston’‘Indianapolis’‘Inland Empire’‘Jacksonville’‘Kalamazoo’‘Kansas City’‘Killeen’ ‘Kitchener-Waterloo’‘Knoxville’‘Little Rock’‘London, Ont’‘Los Angeles’‘Maui’‘Memphis’‘Midland’‘Minneapolis – St. Paul’‘Modesto’‘New Jersey’‘Oklahoma City’‘Omaha’‘Orange County’‘Orlando’‘Ottawa’‘Palm Springs’
‘Piedmont Triad, NC’‘Pittsburgh’‘Portland, ME’‘Quad Cities’‘Quebec City’‘Raleigh-Durham’‘Richmond’‘Rockford’
‘Sacramento’‘San Diego’San Francisco‘San Luis Obispo’‘Santa Barbara’‘Santa Fe’‘Savannah-Hilton Head’‘Spokane’‘Springfield, IL’‘Stillwater’‘Tacoma’‘Tallahassee’‘Tampa Bay’‘Toledo’‘Tulsa’‘Ventura’‘Washington D.C.’‘Wichita’‘Wilmington, NC’
52%, 19%, 38%, 26%, 42%, 29%, 19%, 34%, 29%, 35%, 26%, 27%, 38%, 18%, 26%, 3%, 51%, 25%, 36%, 26%, 22%, 34%, 0%, 35%, 25%, 35%, 16%, 13%, 57%, 10%, 24%, 19%, 36%, 25%, 40%, 34%, 25%, 9%, 40%, 16%, 42%, 20%, 35%, 18%, 27%, 22%, 12%, 10%, 16%, 40%, 21%, 23%, 32%, 42%, 22%, 16%, 18%, 26%, 15%, 56%, 12%, 32%, 22%, 37%, 40%, 37%, 27%, 28%, 25%, 23%, 16%, 23%, 24%, 50%, 19%, 44%, 25% 27% To match the sitiation of the slow time of the year. The fare cut is to encourage more riders to us the service http://ridesharedashboard.com/2016/01/29/uber-cuts-fares-in-new-york-and-26-cities-in-jan-2016/ http://ridesharedashboard.com/2016/01/09/ubers-list-of-fares-cuts-in-80-cities-to-start-2016/

 

 

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Facebook is Reportedly Eyeing Ridesharing

  

The ridesharing industry is experiencing rapid growth with more investors (such as Facebook) awakening to the rewarding opportunities the industry provides. It is no longer just an assumption that the market might grow to become the most competitive in no time. FacebookJust when the news of GM acquiring Sidecar and vying for a place in the ridesharing industry was starting to wane, reports reached us that Google is coming into the industry as well. Now we have new gist.

 

Surprise Hits The Gig Industry

We all know about the Facebook service that allows users create and search for events on the Facebook platform.  This innovation restructured the world of events planning. It made creating, discovering and RSVPing to events very easy by making it possible on social network. This Facebook’s event feature has been transformed into a service that links with ridesharing – making it even more useful. The company created a means that will help users share cars, or find a travel buddy who’s attending the same event.

 

How It Works

Facebook launched the Event app as a standalone app.  App users (over 450 million people) can also search for upcoming events based on criteria such as date and location. Events are categorized into interests like Music, Film and Photography, Performing Arts and Causes, Food and Drinks, Nightlife, Sports and Fitness, Fine Arts and Crafts, Community.

With the Events app, users can now sync up their calendars with the app, adding only events they want to add or make visible to their friends on Facebook. This makes it easier to make plans without double booking.

To learn more about how this app works, money.cnn.com reported that when RSVPing to an event, users might be prompted to give more specific responses to questions like: “Going and driving” or “Going but not driving”. This makes Facebook the middle man; helping people connect with friends attending the same event. Furthermore, the service would enable people taking a public means of transportation to the same event connect on the same bus or train, just so they have someone to travel with. This above feature is yet to become a reality.

Facebook’s Event app has been rolled out in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, DC; Boston, San Francisco, Dallas, Seattle, Miami and Houston. It is available for download the app Store for iPhone users in the US today and coming soon to android.

 

It’s evident that Facebook has been working on launching this service for a while now. As money.cnn’s report reads: “It’s clear that Facebook has been thinking about ridesharing for some time: The application for the patent was filed in July 2014. Patents typically remain confidential for 12 to 18 months after being filed before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office makes them public. Facebook’s patent is not yet approved, but is still in play.”

 

What I Think

Facebook is still developing this app and adding more features as evidently, the app’s major focus is on creating awareness for events. If Facebook puts more effort into this app, they will be creating a new form of ridesharing for commuters, especially for events and show lovers. It is definitely more interesting to travel with people of common interest to the same destination. If we link this with the recent partnership with Uber which allows users to order Uber rides from Facebook, one can easily conclude that the firm is looking to increase the utility base of their app – making it multifunctional and therefore, continuously relevant. The industry will only get interesting with new investors and innovation and we look forward to being a part of the ride. Trust us to bring more gist if there’s any in times to come.

 

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Uber and The Driverless Car Future

 

Uber’s watchword is advancement. The sole target of the business from the onset has been to revolutionize the transportation industry – introducing brilliant innovations that make the lives of commuters easier.Driverless car Gone are the days when using a cab cost a fortune. With Uber, riding with cabs has become quite affordable. 

Now, we see driverless cars in sight.

Having launched the Uber Advanced Technology Centre in Pittsburg, it is now very obvious that there are not only intentions, but also plans of implementing the introduction of driverless cars in the nearest future. This research center would focus on the areas such as mapping, vehicle safety, and autonomy technology. This is a very huge investment but giving how dedicated Uber is to advancement and improvement of their service – it is an investment they deem very necessary for the driverless car future.

Since inception, Uber has always hinted that eliminating the fee that Uber has to pay drivers will make riding with the service even cheaper. “The reason Uber could be expensive is because you’re not just paying for the car — you’re paying for the other dude in the car… When there’s no other dude in the car, the cost of taking an Uber anywhere becomes cheaper than owning a vehicle. So the magic there is, you basically bring the cost below the cost of ownership for everybody, and then car ownership goes away” said Travis Kalanick while speaking with Kara Swisher at the annual code conference.

With Arizona showing so much support to tech companies, Uber does not have to worry about where to run their tests anymore. This makes the task even easier. It is true that other states might have allowed the test of driverless cars on the condition that a real person stays in the car just in casDriverless care there’s a failure, but Arizona seems to be showing more support.

 

My Thoughts

Such opportunities will ensure that the execution of Uber’s project is seamless. Although this might be another big breakthrough for Uber and the tech world in general, it is still very disturbing if we stop to imagine the impact this development would have on the lives of many drivers. How would countries offset the unemployment gap this innovation will create? However, we are hopeful that the world economy would be able to find a balance between a truly remarkable advancement and the great shake it might bring.

 

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How Uber Really Works (For Passengers)

 

This post will explain how exactly the Uber service works for passengers.

Firstly, you have to be aware that Uber is an app-based transport network company. Uber PassengersThis simply means the company has a mobile application through which its services are rendered. As the name – Transport Network Company implies, the company stands as a network creator between riders (Uber passengers) who wish to get a driver and drivers who wish to get Uber passengers. The company has a number of Uber drivers and Uber passengers who have signed up to use the Uber service; thus the company acts as a middleman between these two parties.

 

Sign Up

The first step required to register as an Uber passenger is the signup stage. Passengers have to sign up to use the app. Apparently, you also have to download the app to sign up. Getting the app is simple and free for download on the Android and iOS platforms. After downloading you register your details, including your card number with which payments/ride fares are made. Clearly, this is a great advantage of using Uber; you go cashless, though cash is now accepted in some cities. You are entitled to a free ride if you use our promo code for signup.

 

Using The App

It is quite easy to use the Uber app to request rides. The process of using the app eliminates waiting under harsh weather for minutes to hail a taxi. Rather, you simply set a pick up location, set your destination and choose your desired service whether UberX or others. Amazing right? After you have done this, you only have to wait a few minutes for your driver to find you. That’s how easy an Uber ride is.

 

Services Rendered For Uber Passengers

There are various types of Uber services. Uber PassengersThey have different features and are priced according to the quality of service you receive. UberX and XL gives you classy services but with regular Uber vehicles while services like UberBLACK and UberSUV gives you very classy high-end Uber vehicles at, of course, a higher price. 

Uber offers some other services specially designed to meet specific needs. UberPOOL helps you share the ride fare with your friends or other Uber riders (UberPOOL). So, if you’re riding with your friends and you want to make the bill lighter by splitting, Uber lets you do just that. Riders with disabilities are also provided extra care with the service called UberASSIST. Essentially, there’s an Uber for everyone. Uber is the type of service that tries to solves every transport problem you may have. Isn’t this commendable?

Let’s hear your thoughts about the Uber service in the comment box, we’d be glad to relate with your individual sides to the Uber story.

 

 

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UberMOTO And Ola’s Motorbike Service

UberMOTO

UberMOTO is an Uber motorbike service introduced to enable riders hail bikes. This service shows the willingness of Uber to try new types of services for the satisfaction of their users in different cities of the world. The service was announced in March 2016 . It seemed to mark the beginning of another thrilling experience for Uber users in some countries such as India and Thailand.

This service launched as a pilot program in Bangkok. In a press release, Uber said the UberMOTO is targeted at cities in emerging markets where traffic congestion is an issue of concern. Uber chose to launch this program in Bangkok because motorbikes were already a popular form of transportation and it will be easy for the service to be assimilated into the city’s traffic system.

 

Ola’s Motobike Service

Ola on one hand  is teaming up with other Uber rivals all over the world to make their competitive edge stronger. They make attempts to grow financial stance and valuation through partnership deals and funding. Ola launched it’s own motorbike service hours after Uber’s UberMOTO hit the market. According to reports provided on TechCrunch, Anand Subramanian,director of marketing communications at Ola did not reveal figures but he did mention that demand for the product is already high. He further explained Ola’s intention to keep pick-up time for passengers between three and five minutes. For safety purposes, passengers will be given a helmet by their bike rider.

 

Services Suspended

Despite the promise showed by these two different services, operations screeched to a halt when these companies faced problems with transport authorities. Transport authorities in Karnataka state, of which Bangalore is the capital, said neither companies had sought regulatory approval ahead of the launch. Accusations of illegal motorbike operations were leveled against Ola and Uber.

“They hadn’t obtained proper licenses or permits to offer such services. Once they do, they can (operate),” Bangalore-based state commissioner for transport and road safety, Ramegowda told AFP by telephone.

 

How Services were Requested on the Respective Apps

UberMOTOMotorbike

 

  • Download the Uber app for iOS or Android and create an Uber account – Existing users can update their app to see the new product.
  • Select uberMOTO in the app, enter the pickup location and payment method, and request a ride; receive driver details — name, photo and details of the motorbike.
  • uberMOTO drivers will have one helmet for the rider, and all riders and drivers must wear a helmet, as per the law.
  • At the end of the trip, pay by cash, credit/debit card or mobile wallet and receive an electronic receipt via the Uber app.

Ola

It is the same experience as booking a cab on the Ola app. This includes:

  • Driver details displayed upfront
  • SOS- for emergency situation
  • Live tracking
  • Seamless payment using Ola Money
  • The Bike taxi service will be available to book on the Ola app from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM.
  • Ola also mandates helmets for passengers and the bikes are secured

 

Pricing

Uber is offering a base fare of 25 INR for the first 3 kilometers then, 3 INR per kilometer after. Ola on the other hand, offered 2 INR per kilometer and 1 INR per minute, with a minimum fare of 30 INR.

 

Aftermath

While Ola gave in quietly and put an end to its motorbike service, Uber expanded bike taxi operations to the city of Gurgaon. The company told the authorities that it was not charging commissions from riders for using UberMOTO, hence no need to obtain additional permits. However, UberMOTO in Bangalore remains suspended. Uber has also introduced UberMOTO in Hyderabad in 2017. The company stated during the launch that ” Riders receive driver and bike details just as they do for other Uber rides, as well as all standard safety features before, during and after the ride including requisite insurance coverage which covers the riders, GPS tracking, two-way feedback and the ability to share trip details with family and friends.”

 

The service is clearly one with great potential and we hope to see it spread into other cities with teeming population.

 

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Juno vs Uber: How It Competes With Uber

 

Juno is looking to compete with Uber in the rideshare market. Uber is known to be quite a top contender and one of the pioneers in the sharing economy. It is impressive that Juno has chosen a worthy opponent .

 

More Details

The ride-sharing service, Juno is looking to take on Uber by focusing on Uber’s weakness: Uber-drivers relationship. Many drivers have expressed their displeasure with some of Uber’s practices. The high commission (which is 35% in some market) that Uber takes off each ride is a huge bone of contention. Juno has decided to take just 10% commission off rides as an incentive to lure Uber drivers its service.

To buttress this valid point above, a post on NewYorker quotes Arun Sundararajan, the author of the book “The Sharing Economy,” who says. “I can’t compete with them [Googel]on search-engine quality, because they’ve got all the best algorithms. So I compete on something that they can’t respond to easily. With Uber, it’s not quite as clear-cut, but if you look at all the different dimensions of their execution the driver relationship is the weakest, and it’s not one that they can easily correct.”

It seems this approach is working for Juno as its founder and CEO Talmon Marco said Juno currently has more than 16,000 drivers, and the company gives them more of a sense of ownership than its competitors. In his words: “our drivers refer to Juno as ‘we’ — ‘We at Juno… When was the last time you heard an Uber driver saying ‘We at Uber?'”

 

When Marco appeared on CNBC’s “Squawk Alley”, he spoke about what he envisions for the future; where focusing on being more efficient in some aspects can help them crush their competition. Juno will be cutting what it spends on marketing and recruitment. According to its chief executive, the company believes that being able to cut down on the cost of marketing and recruitment would be a good point of contest.

Speaking in this regard, he says: “As a follower, there are opportunities for us to be far more efficient in terms of how we spend dollars to attract both drivers and riders,” he said. “Our economics are much better because of it.” In this  interview, he further stated that because more than 50 percent of his business comes from word of mouth, the company is spending just a little amount on the propagation on the message. 

Juno has also chosen to increase sign up rates by asking drivers to display their Juno issued phone screens during rides. These screens will default to an image of the logo when a driver is offline that says “Invite (35%)” — referring to the current rider discount. This mode of advertising doesn’t sit well with Uber. The ride sharing giant has issued threats to defaulting drivers and sometimes resorted to deactivation.

JunoAlso, the  company is actively poaching drivers who are currently driving for Uber and Lyft. The requirements for becoming a Juno driver are as follows:

  • Drive for either Uber or Lyft
  • Taken a minimum of 100 fares for either Uber or Lyft
  • Maintained a high rating

Besides the all time low commissions, Juno is offering Restricted Stock Units to drivers but only drivers who drive for a minimum of 30 hours per week for 24 out of 30 months will qualify to have their RSUs converted into stock. For this to actually happen or the stocks to be worth any real money, Juno has to either go public or get acquired within seven years from the time the RSUs are issued for them to be worth real money. This is actually a good gesture from Juno who seeks to operate a friendly and socially responsible business.

 

Conclusion

The company touted it has continued to grow, and now has over 10,000 weekly drivers. Despite this impressive growth, drivers do not seem to abandoning Uber for Juno. In August 2016, about 35,000 drivers took at least one ride with Uber according to recent data from the Taxi and Limousine Commission. Perhaps, it is better for Juno to lower its sight a little and seek competition in the likes of Lyft. Various companies have undertaken the task of competing with Uber- a company valued at about $80 billion dollars and realized it will require more of funds than guts to wrestle with the ride sharing behemoth. As said above, it is quite impressive to see Juno trying but we hardly think kindness is enough to bring Uber to its knees.

 

 

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