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Scoobi: Ride Quicker With Electric Scooters

 

Traffic congestion can put a dampen on your day. Trying to navigate through a gridlock can leave you feeling mentally and physically exhausted.

What if there is a simpler way to commute without the hassles of spending hours in traffic? What if you could zip through traffic and arrive at your destination in no time? This is the world that bikeshare services = are trying to create. Scooters are fast becoming a preferred way to ride all over the world. To create transportation options that are environmentally friendly, some of these scooters are designed to be electrically assisted.

In a bid to introduce a new transportation option to residents, new bikseshare service Scoobi will be launching its fleet of dockless electrically assisted scooters in Pittsburgh. These electric scooters are looking to bridge the gap between private and public transportation.

 

More about Scoobi bikeshare

Starting with 100 dockless scooters, the bikeshare service will be launching electrically assisted scooters in Pittsburgh to provide “an affordable, environmentally conscious way to experience the city” said Scoobi CEO, Mike Moran. These bikes were created by Genze, creators of electric bikes and they come equipped with 2 different sized helmets and an outlet to charge smart phones. Your phone can be mounted on the bike’s handle bars so you can monitor your miles and the bike’s battery life.

A Scoobi can travel up to 30 mph with a range of 34 miles after every full charge. The bikes have designated parking zones across the city and parking must be reserved in advance via the Scoobi mobile app.  It is important you stick to the parking zones to avoid being charged a fine.

 

To rent a Scoobi scooter Scoobi

  • You must be 18 years old
  • Have at least a Class C license

 

How to use a Scoobi Scooter

  • Download the app
  • Register your details.
  • Once your registration is confirmed, you are free to begin

 

To Ride

  • Open the mobile app
  • Locate the closest Scoobi to you (be sure to check the battery life of the scoobi of your choice in-app)
  • Reserve the Scoobi
  • You will be given 10 minutes to get to the Scooter’s location
  • Once there, use the mobile app to start the bike

For new users, you will be required to watch a few short videos that will explain the entire renting process before you begin to ride.

Pricing

Renting a Scoobi costs $5.00 for the first 20 minutes, and $0.20 per minute after.

 

Conclusion

The goal is to provide affordable and convenient transport solutions to riders all over the world. With Scoobi, transportation can be smooth and convenient. We hope to see the service spread to other states.

 

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All About Bridj Rideshare Service

 

Rideshare services are becoming the preferred way to travel. With an influx of new entrants, the rideshare industry is offering services that aim to simplify traveling and also provide drivers with diversified means of earning. Commuting in a busy city can be a drag and leave riders and drivers stressed out but with rideshare, it can be a convenient and comfortable experience.

Among the many players in rideshare is Sydney based Bridj; a company birthed to provide transport services in areas that are not adequately serviced by public transportation.

 

More About Bridj bridj

In 2014, Bridj originally launched in Boston Massachusetts to cater to areas that were under-serviced by public transport. The service later expanded to other cities like Kansas and Washington D.C by 2016. In 2017, the service was acquired by an Australian company called, Transit systems. Now, Bridj has recommenced services in Sydney, providing efficient bus services to registered passengers.

 

How does Bridj work?

Bridj is designed to serve communities by providing “pop-up” bus services. The company prides itself on using “real time” traffic data and suggestions from passengers to ensure buses take the quickest routes to destinations. The buses only stop at locations designated by passengers in the bus.

 

How to book a ride with Bridj

To begin, follow the quick steps below:

  • Download the Bridg app from google play or apple store and register. Make sure you have your credit card details handy to set up your payment options.
  • Enter your location and destination then confirm your booking. The app sends you a boarding pass in-app and a confirmation via email. You will be given details of your bus and an itinerary.
  • Bridj will also assign a safe pick-up location not far from your location where you can safely hop on board the bus.
  • Track your Bridj in real time. Now you can see your bus as it approaches in real time in-app. This will help you know when to leave your location and begin the walk to your pick-up spot.
  • To board the bus, all you need to do is show your Bridj travel pass to the driver and you can begin your trip.

 

Conclusion

It’s hard to miss the bright orange buses as they traverse the streets transporting passengers to their destinations. The goal is to provide affordable and convenient transport solutions to riders all over the world. We hope to see Bridj extend its services outside of Australia in the nearest future.

 

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More About Uber EV Champions initiative

 

It’s no longer news that Uber is changing the way it did business previously. With a change of management came a new business strategy that is “focused on organic growth—growth that comes from building the best products, services and technology in the world, and re-building our brand into the mobility brand that riders, cities and drivers want to support and partner with.” Uber’s CEO made this statement when he announced Uber was selling its South-East operations to fierce rival, Grab.

Now, the rideshare behemoth has announced a pilot program designed to encourage the use of electrical vehicles. The Uber EV Champions initiative has launched in over six cities in the U.S namely San Francisco, San Diego, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Seattle, Austin and Montreal Canada. In a blog post announcing the pilot, Uber’s lead on sustainability and environmental impact Adam Gromis reinforced the company’s commitment to facilitating “reliable transportation for everyone, everywhere and making our cities more efficient and less reliant on personal car ownership”. Uber EV

 

More About Uber EV Champions initiative

This program was first piloted in Pittsburg and Portland and its success prompted pilots in other cities. The Uber EV Champions initiative will reward Uber drivers in different ways when they switch to electric cars and offer rides in these cars. As a driver, you stand to be rewarded either in cash or via other incentives as an EV driver.

The initiative wants to deliver at least 5 million EV rides in 2019 through Uber drivers/partners. Uber will be partnering with leading electric vehicle (EV) adoption experts like Association des véhicules électriques du Québec, Canada, Electric Mobility Canada, Plug-in America (PIA) and others.

 

Uber Drivers/Partners Adoption of Electrical Vehicles

According to Uber, many Uber drivers have expressed interest in offering rides with EVs but are worried that the limitations of driving EVs will affect their earnings. EVs have to be charged during the day at some point. Also, some EVs can’t do the miles that fuel-powered vehicles can do and identifying charging points across the city may affect valuable work time.

To assuage these concerns, Uber identified proposed the following solutions in-app:

  • Access to EV education and resources: Driver/partners will be given up to date information on all resources, incentives, discounts, and programs they can use to their advantage in their cities.

 

  • In-app features built for EV drivers: Uber drivers will receive in-app support that will notify them when they need to charge their cars. The long trip notification feature will be of great help to EV drivers.

 

  • Advocacy for shared-use EV drivers: Using EVs for shared rides will be a great way to spread the news for the widespread adoption of EVs.

 

Conclusion

Customers who match with Uber EV drivers will be notified that they will be riding with an EV. This move will help sensitize customers about the need for a greener environment. To make it easier for drivers to charge their cars on the go, Uber will be partnering with public utilities companies like Portland General Electric to create charging networks for drivers. We look forward to the worldwide adoption of EVs in the nearest future.

 

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Pune based SRide is the new way to carpool

 

In a country like India, the teeming populace has necessitated the need for a large network of both public and private transportation. Despite the ever-increasing number of its population, India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Commuting in the country is facilitated by various means of getting around. The different systems of transportation in India include trains, metro, bus, and even tuk tuks.

Some cities offer taxi services where people can call for a taxi by phone. Even rideshare services like Uber have found India to be a profitable market. With its large population, India is big enough to accommodate many players in the rideshare industry. Riders can even carpool as a means of daily commute. In this post, we will shed more light on the upsides of carpooling by exploring the carpooling app, SRide.

 

More About SRide SRide

Based in Pune India, SRide aims to simplify daily commute for professionals by making the process simple. The app connects car owners with riders who are looking to save money, reduce their daily commute, and make new friends. Users can pay for rides through cashless transactions. To make cashless payments, users can pay through SRide credits recharged via payTM, a mobile payment service in India.

SRide is also ideal for running errands and short distance travel. With presence in over 4 cities in India, SRide carpool was founded in 2015 and boasts over 25,000 users. Every completed ride is reviewed and users can read these reviews when they match with a car owner.

 

How to use SRide

  • You must be 18 years old or older
  • Download the app
  • verify your identity with your phone number
  • post a ride

Please note that you don’t have to own a car to use the app. All users are verified through their phone and work email.

 

Conclusion

The benefits of carpooling are enormous for both car owners and riders. Car owners can earn money on the go, reduce carbon footprint in the environment, make new friends and grow their network. For riders, you get to save gas, save money as carpooling is known to be cheaper than regular transportation and make new friends.

 

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What To Know About The Uber Lite App

 

In the race to dominate India, Uber is introducing the Uber Lite app created to reduce data usage. India is a densely populated country with a population of over 380 million people and counting. By introducing a Lite app, Uber is bound to win over millions of users who are looking for an inexpensive way to request a ride.

According to Uber, “Uber Lite is less than 5MB to download (that’s equivalent to just 3 selfies).” Although designed in India, the app will be introduced to all Uber markets. The app will retain the “core functionality” of the original Uber app like the in-app support and also sharing trip details with loved ones.

The rideshare giant also boasted in a blog post that the “reimagined interface” will make it easier to book rides even when your internet connection is “spotty”. Users with limited data plans will no longer have to worry about data consumption as the Lite app is designed to respond in 300-milliseconds. Uber Lite App

 

More About The Uber Lite App

The Uber Lite app is compatible with all android phones which are quite popular in countries like India. By reducing data consumption while using the app, users have one less thing to worry about.

The app will use GPS to guess destinations to minimize typing. Also, caches will be used to store visited places so that users can access this information in off-line mode.

 

Conclusion

In developing markets like India and Africa, the lite app is a welcome development because users mostly have limited data plans. The app is currently available for download in the following Indian cities: Jaipur, Hyderabad, and Delhi. As much as this is a welcome development, the Uber Lite app is hardly the first of its kind. Ola, Uber’s fierce rival in Asia introduced the lite version of its app in early 2018.

Uber is struggling to hold on to its stance in Asia. The company sold its South-East operation to its Singapore based rival Grab. By introducing a Lite version, it could mean that Uber is looking to increase its hold in India, its last standing market in the region.

 

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Jump: Uber Bikeshare Service Launches in Germany

 

It is no news that Uber has experienced push-back in most European cities. The company has encountered protests from traditional taxi drivers in countries like France, Denmark, Germany and Italy. In some cases, the rideshare giant had to pull its services out of countries like Bulgaria and Denmark.

Now, it seems Uber is trying to make its way into the good graces of European cities. Uber will be launching its newly acquired bike sharing service, Jump in Europe starting with Germany. Uber’s CEO Dara Khosrowshahi made this announcement during a conference in Berlin where he stated,” “I want this to signal a deep commitment to Germany”. Uber Bikeshare

 

More about Uber’s acquisition of bikeshare service Jump

Uber acquired bike sharing service Jump in April 2018. Techcrunch reported that details of the acquisition were shrouded in secrecy but the final sale price was close to the tune of $200 million. While explaining reasons for the sale, Techcrucnch also reported that Jump CEO, Ryan Rzepecki stated that both companies (Uber and Jump) shared similar visions and goals. The sale will help Jump attain the company’s vision quicker and at a more global scale.

Although Jump’s employee will be joining Uber, the company will function independently as a subsidiary. Jump’s red bikes are a popular fixture in cities like Washington and San Francisco. They can also be found in campuses and corporations. Now, the bikeshare service will be reaching its goal of spreading to Europe.

 

Uber bikeshare service in Germany

According to Verge, Khosrowshahi announced plans to roll out electric bike rentals in Berlin by the end of the summer, with more European cities to come. These electrically assisted red bikes will provide riders with a cheap and convenient way to ride.

 

Conclusion

The Uber bikeshare launch in Germany is hardly a novelty as the country is already saturated with other bike share services like nextbike, Mobike and ofo. However, this is good news for consumers who now have different services to choose from. Also, competition will invariably lead to cheaper prices for riders. It’s good to see Uber making steps to regain lost territories.

 

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Uber 911 Button: All About The Safety Feature

 

Uber is a comfortable way to ride for cheap. Request a ride using the Uber app downloaded on your phone, select a preferred service (UberX, UberSELECT, UberBLACK and others) and then wait for your driver to arrive. The Uber service is convenient and you can relax while the driver worries about getting you to your destination in record time.

However, the Uber service is not void of loopholes and passengers have to be on guard to be safe during the trip. This is why Uber is introducing a bunch of safety features into the Uber app. These features will include a panic button called “911 assistance”, safety tips developed in partnership with law enforcement, and community guidelines. These features have been pooled together in one place called a safety center and it will be easily accessible right from the app’s home screen during a trip.

In April, 2018, Uber rolled out the Uber 911 button across some cities in the U.S and now, riders can ride knowing that it’s never been easier to reach help when needed. This post will shed more light on how riders can use this feature. Uber 911 Button

 

How to use the Uber 911 button

  • Click on the safety icon that appears on the lower right corner of the app during the trip
  • Click on the 911 Assistance button in the menu
  • Tap the red Call 911 button

Please note that the feature is only enabled during your trip. Uber also stated that it will soon introduce a feature that allows location sharing between riders who clicked on the Uber 911 button and 911 dispatchers to ensure help gets to the rider as soon as possible.

 

Conclusion

A number of rape and assault cases have been brought against various Uber drivers around the world. An India Uber driver was arrested for raping a female passenger in December, of 2014. In 2017, an Uber passenger in Virginia was abducted and sexually assaulted by an Uber driver after he picked her up. In California, an unconscious teenage girl was raped by an Uber driver a few feet from her home and was discovered by concerned relatives who used the tracking feature to locate the Uber.

As much as Uber tries to screen drivers thoroughly before registering them as drivers, it is conceivable that bad eggs might slip through the cracks. Despite introducing these safety features within the app, it is important that passengers remain vigilant during trips.

 

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All About Uber Debit Card Reward Program

 

Driving with Uber is one way you can earn more money.  It affords flexible hours and a chance to make good money on your own schedule. Uber drivers are matched with passengers once requests are placed. Payments for rides are effected in-app in most cities. Uber also accepts cash payments in specific cities like India, Lagos, Nairobi and many others. As an Uber driver, your final pay at the end of the day depends on the following factors:

  • Trip fare – This is calculated based on the time and distance of the trip
  • Commission – How much commission Uber takes off each ride fare
  • Booking fee – Uber collects this from the rider on your behalf. This is used to cover the costs of insurance and safety features. It doesn’t affect your fare
  • Tolls – If you had to pay toll at any point during the ride.

Your earning per ride = Trip fare + Tolls.

Uber drivers are paid either via direct deposits to their banks accounts weekly or through the Uber Instant Pay option that allows drivers cash out up to 5 times a day. However, you are charged $0.50 for every time you cash out. Also, every Mastercard, Visa or Discover U.S. debit cards associated with traditional checking and savings accounts are accepted when you use them on Instant Pay.

Another option for cashing out with Uber instant pay is by using the Uber debit card. The Uber debit card links to a business account setup through Uber’s partnership with GoBank. Cashing out with the Uber debit card does not incur a $0.50 fee; however, it involves all of the responsibilities that come with having a checking account. Uber Debit Card

 

More About the Uber debit Card

The use of Uber debit cards is not limited to Uber drivers alone. UberEats drivers and other Uber delivery drivers can make use of this debit card. Now, drivers stand the chance to get discounts and cash-back rewards. You stand to gain 3% cash back at Exxon and Mobil gas stations, 1.5 percent at some other gas stations, 8% cash Back on Sprint monthly services payments and purchases at Sprint corporate retail stores or online, 2% Cash Back at Walmart and so much more. Visit here to see all participating merchants.

According to Uber, You must enroll in the Rewards Program before you can participate in the Cash Back Program.  You will earn cash back on qualifying purchases made with your Uber Debit Card.

To sign up for a new card

  • Login to the driver app
  • Go to the Rating tab
  • Tap Driving Rewards
  • Select Uber Visa Debit Card
  • Signup then wait to receive your card

For existing card holders

  • Login into your GoBank account
  • Accept the new terms and conditions either online or via the GoBank app.

 

Please note only the use of your Debit Card or Card number to purchase goods or services is a qualifying purchase for the Cash Back Program.

Conclusion

Uber drivers operate as independent contractors and hence, do not enjoy employee benefits. This reward program will go a long way in reducing drivers’ operational expenses So far, there are no draw backs to the program. However, if the cash back percentages can be increased, drivers will be able to save more without expending all their earnings on expenses incurred while driving.

 

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Uber Services: All About UberHIRE

 

By disrupting the global transportation sector, Uber introduced a simpler way to commute without the hassles of traditional taxi hailing. There is a reason why the rideshare behemoth continues to dominate the transportation industry; and this is not just because it’s a pioneer in the rideshare industry or the impressive number of drivers signed up under the Uber service.

Uber boasts a plethora of services that not only carters to different segments of the society but also to unique needs. The UberX, UberXL, UberPOOl and the UberBLACK (to mention a few) are some of the Uber’s services designed to meet different needs. Uber remains a force to be reckoned with due to its continuous ability to evolve while introducing new variants of rideshare.

Now, Uber has introduced a new service called UberHIRE in a few select cities like Dubai and India. This service is a first in rideshare,  designed to meet the needs of people who want to use the service like it’s a personal car. This service is an extended trip option designed to meet your personal or travel needs for a day. UberHIRE

 

So what is UberHIRE?

According to Uber, “UberHIRE is a time-based service that allows you to request an Uber and keep it with you, for multiple stops.” This service allows you to request a car on-demand for 3 hours extending all the way up to 8 hours. Unfortunately, you can’t schedule this service yet as it is only available on demand for now.

 

How does it Work?

With UberHIRE, you can meet up with back to back meetings, run personal errands throughout the day, great for inter-city business travel and so much more. The service will also match you with drivers that have high ratings and use newer car models. To use the service, you will be required to pay a minimum fare that will last you the first 3 hours, then you will be charged a per minute or distance fare. The great news is that there is no dynamic pricing with UberHIRE.

 

To request:

  • Open your Uber app
  • Scroll to the UberHIRE view, set your pickup location and request your ride
  • You will see your driver’s details along with the details of the car
  • At the end of your trip, your total fare will be calculated based on the distance and duration of your trip
    • A helpful tip is to Input all of your planned destinations in advance. You can always update your stops during the trip
    • Agree with the driver on where the meet-up point will be
    • Collect your driver’s phone number

 

Fare

In India, you will be required to pay a minimum fare of Rs.749 in cash to the driver at the start of your trip. This minimum fare covers the first 3 hours. You will then be charged a per-minute fare of Rs.3 after the first 3 hours have been exhausted.

In Dubai, you will be charged to pay a minimum fare of AED 300 at the start of your trip. This minimum fare covers the first 3 hours. You will be charged a per-minute fare of AED 1.67 after the first 3 hours have been exhausted.

 

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All About UberEATS Kenya, Africa

 

In our previous posts, we have discussed how Uber moved from just providing ride requests to offering food delivery services. This foray into the gig industry provides Uber drivers with the opportunity to earn more while already on the road. UberEATS is also open to non-Uber drivers. The service started up in several areas in the U.S including San Francisco, Washington, L.A, Seattle, Chicago, New York, and Atlanta. The service has since spread all the over the country and even outside the U.S to other continents like UberEATS in Tokyo, SA, London and now UberEATS Kenya.

 

UberEATS Kenya, Africa

 

Alon Lits- General Manager of Uber in Sub-Saharan Africa shared the goals behind the company’s expansion in Africa. He revealed that Uber is not only committed to providing alternative means of transport for Africans but also empowering willing drivers. It is equally important to note that unemployment is a big problem in most African countries.

In September 2016, UberEATS, launched in Johannesburg South-Africa. The service has since spread to Capetown, Bedfordview and Jozi CBD, Pretoria in South Africa. UberEATS South Africa users get to request their favorite meals from local restaurants that have partnered with the food delivery service.

Now, Uber has finally launched UberEATS Kenya. Kenya is the 2nd African country where Uber is operating and the 4th city in Africa. Just like in South Africa, users in Kenya can request meals from UberEATS’ restaurant partners. The meal will be delivered immediately or at a requested time. Users will also select in-app whether they want the meal delivered to a particular location or if they will meet the driver at the car.

To find the over 100 participating restaurants in the UberEATS app, navigate to the tab that says “popular near you” and select your preferred restaurant.  Users will be charged a Sh150 delivery fee.

 

Deliver for UberEATS Kenya

See below the requirements for delivering with UberEATS Kenya.

 

For existing Uber drivers

If you are already an Uber driver or partner, visit the accounts section of the Uber driver app and accept the delivery terms. This will allow you start accepting delivery requests for UberEATS.

For new drivers

According to UberEATS Kenya, see below the requirements for delivering with the service:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Any make or model motorbike
  • Valid Driver’s license
  • Valid National ID
  • Vehicle Registration (Log Book) or “Permission to Use” document
  • Third Party / Comprehensive Insurance must be valid

After submitting the required documents, you will have to go through a screening before you can start driving.

 

Conclusion

Uber has spread to other cities like London and Tokyo. The ride-share company initiated a gradual rollout across Japan—a country where its main ride-hailing business is barred. Uber’s inability to keep up with local laws mandating that Uber drivers have taxi licenses prompted a ban on Uber’s services in Tokyo. It is great to see how the UberEATS service is empowering willing drivers and also providing existing drivers with new means of earning while on the go.

 

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