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Carpooling with Zimride

 

Over the years, rideshare has taken on various forms but still with the same aim; to simplify transportation while reducing green house emissions and traffic congestion in our cities. To ensure seamless transportation, bikes, trucks, and even rickshaws are being used to simplify transportation. In densely populated countries like India and China, bikes and rickshaws are being used to decongest roads and reduce carbon footprints.

With Zimride, the structure is different and innovative. Unlike most rideshare companies that connect total strangers, Zimride offers rideshare through social networking. We will explore this concept in detail below.

 

More about Zimride zimride

Established in 2007, the company was founded by Logan Green and John Zimmer. The service connects users via the social networking platform, Facebook. Currently Zimride boasts over 350,000 users with presence in 125 university campuses in the United States. This innovative platform was created to remove the anxiety that users might feel at the possibility of sharing a ride with a total stranger. Through partnerships with Facebook, users will sign into the Zimride website and are matched with other users that have the same preferences.

Zimride sold to Enterprise Holdings in 2013.

 

How to use Zimride

The service connects users that work in the same organization, have mutual friends or go to the same school. Users who post available seats will also be told to asked to post their personal details and their preferences. This way, the site will match users who have the same preferences.

 

For Riders

Creating a profile is free. To use the platform, follow the instructions below:

  • Sign into Zimride through your Facebook account
  • Create a profile
  • Find the ride you want and book it
  • Follow the steps to make payment and then wait for your ride.

 

For Drivers

  • Ride payments are transferred to drivers via PayPal
  • You will receive payouts after 1 day. This is to protect riders from flaky drivers

 

Fares

The service will suggest fares but the ultimate decision lies with the driver who decides what to charge passengers. Passengers can pay for fares using their credit cards or with PayPal.

 

 

Conclusion

Establishing trust between users is very important. It may not entirely eliminate safety issues but incidences that may occur will not be as frequent as driving with total strangers. Many rideshare companies have experienced lawsuits stemming from driver misconduct cases that range from rape to assault of passengers. By incorporating social networking, Zimride is fostering the spirit of community among users.

 

 

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Tips For Becoming a Successful Uber Driver

 

As an Uber driver, making money is imperative; this is the ultimate goal for offering rides to passenger as an Uber driver. This goal will likely not be achieved if you aren’t maximizing your opportunities as an Uber driver. To become a successful Uber driver, you have to practice steps to profitable ridesharing. This will ensure you get the most out of being a rideshare driver. There are so many other ways you can earn more money on the go besides cutting down on your expenses. You just have to be willing to do the work. In this post, we will explore top ways to earn more and become a successful Uber driver. Successful Uber Driver

 

Tips for becoming a successful Uber driver

 

Do some research

Every city is unique; and it is important to identify high traffic areas. These include areas where people are looking for taxis to aid commute. It is also important to know the times when you are likely to have more people requesting your service. This way, you don’t drive around aimlessly hoping to get matched with a possible passenger. Drive when it is worth it.

 

Driver ratings

When a rider is happy while riding in your vehicle, the probability of getting good ratings and tips is very likely. Keeping your car in good condition is instrumental in having a successful Uber business. No passenger will be happy while sitting inside an unkempt car. Once you drop a passenger, it is important to do a quick sweep of your car before picking up a new passenger. Clean the floor mat in case the previous passenger dragged in dirt or mud; check your seats for stains and keep forgotten items out of sight.

 

Chase those surges

Surge pricing is necessary to get drivers on the road at times when they would rather be resting or just not driving. These times are usually during rush hour, during huge events or when unfortunate incidents occur. Charging higher fares in a situation where demand exceeds supply is just basic Economics. Also, charging higher when you have to spend hours in traffic to transport a passenger is to be expected. This a great way to make more money.

 

You can take up a side gig

Driving alone might not make you earn as much as you desire. There are period of inactivity or lulls when you aren’t receiving ride requests. Why not take up side gigs during those lulls? There are various side jobs that can fit into your schedule. On the top of our list are delivery jobs. You can deliver food for UberEATS, GrubHub and DoorDash. You can also deliver for Amazon Prime. Take advantage of off-peak periods and earn more money on the go.

 

Use tools at your disposal

There are many tools you can use to make your rideshare experience seamless. These tools include apps and equipment that will improve your Uber business as an Uber driver. This is why we at Uberkit.net have spent a lot of time doing our research on the top apps for an Uber driver, and we have compiled them into one list.  See the post here.

 

 

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All About Call a Bike Bikeshare Service

 

At the fore-front of the sharing economy is the rideshare behemoth, Uber. With the goal to make global transportation as seamless as running water, Uber found a way to connect riders with drivers who want to use their car as a means of transporting people. The Uber business model has since been emulated by other ridesharing startups hoping to introduce innovative ways of commuting.

To ensure seamless transportation, bikes, trucks, and even rickshaws are being used to simplify transportation. In densely populated countries like India and China, bikes and rickshaws are being used to decongest roads and reduce carbon footprints. In Germany, bikeshare is taking over the country. The country is already saturated with other bike share services like Mobike and ofo. In this post, we will shed more light on Germany’s Call a BikeCall a Bike

 

More About Call a Bike

 

German based bikeshare company, Call a Bike officially launched in 2000 providing a dockless bike hire system in various cities. Sometimes, the service provides full coverage or partial coverage. It currently operates in over 15 cities in Germany. Cities, institutions or franchises can take up initiating the service in a new market. The service is run by Deutsche Bahn, a German railway company.

 

How it works

Registration

There are different ways to register for the service. You can sign-up via:

  • The website or by downloading the mobile app
  • In Germany, you can also register via the platforms above and also
  • By calling the company’s customer service line
  • At the terminal

 

 

Verify your account

Confirm your payment method. Please note that your payment method can be changed anytime.

 

To Ride

Each bike is equipped with an electronic wheel lock, a cable lock and a touchscreen LC display system for entering lock codes and viewing prompts.

  • Open the app or the website and locate the bike closest to you
  • Once you arrive at the location of the bike, enter the 4-digit opening code into the bike’s touch screen
  • Remove the cable lock and secure it in its holder

 

Rate

You will be charged an annual membership fee of €3 and a rate of €1 for every 30 minutes, or a full-day price of €12 for 24 hours. Depending on what plan you opt for, note that the rates are capped at €15.

 

Conclusion

Bike sharing is a great way to reduce the number of cars on the road especially in cities that are densely populated. It will not only reduce traffic congestion but make the roads safer and the environment cleaner.

 

 

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Top 5 Ways Of Contacting Uber

 

Many have expressed displeasure over their inability to contact Uber when needed. This situation took a heightened turn when Uber announced it will be disabling its email support service. Previously, Uber drivers and passengers could get help from the rideshare giant by sending an email to support@uber.com. Uber disabled this platform to get people to seek help via the Uber app. This app is hardly a satisfactory way of contacting Uber as the help you receive will be limited; and many people have come on our platform seeking more ways to contact Uber. We have however, taken it upon ourselves to compile various means of contacting Uber. Please note that this is not an official list. Contacting Uber

 

Top 5 Ways of Contacting Uber

 

Through the app

This platform is suitable for drivers and passengers. Drivers can contact Uber via the app. Uber revamped the drivers’ app in 2018 with an inbox option where drivers can receive messages from Uber. The customer support/help menu has been optimized to also show frequently discussed topics. Uber drivers can use the in-app support to resolve issues not addressed on the Uber website. Account issues and fare/driver complaints can all be lodged in-app.

 

Help.uber.com

This online platform provides a plethora of basic information to help you get started as a driver or a rider. If you also need help with UberEATS, you can get it here. The site is personalized to tackle issues pertinent to different cities. Just be sure to select a city upon login. Information is tailored according to your choice of city.

 

Visit Uber’s local office in your area

If you feel your issues are not being resolved in a timely manner, you may decide to make the trip to an Uber greenlight hub around you. Be prepared for long wait times and delays. I will advise you only visit these centers when you have complex issues that have remain unresolved via the app

 

Customer service numbers

In our previous posts, we took on the task of compiling Uber customer service numbers in over 297 cities. This unofficial master list for contacting Uber contains Phone numbers, Local website information, Local support center addresses, Twitter account information, and Instagram account information in these various locations. To see more, please read our post here – Uber Customer service

 

Support Via Social Media

You can get Uber’s attention by tweeting at @Uber_support on Twitter. Companies tend to avoid negative press and are quick to respond to complaints made on social media. You can also contact them on Facebook by dropping a comment in any of their posts or sending a message to Uber’s official Facebook page.

 

 

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What to know about Taipei’s YouBike

 

Ridesharing is fast become a preferred means of transportation for many. It is cheaper, more convenient and an innovative way of commuting without owning the vehicle. The rideshare industry is growing with many new entrants daily. Pioneer rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft remain at the forefront and start-up companies in the industry are modelling their businesses after them.

Now, various vehicles are being introduced into rideshare. People do not only have to travel with cars; other vehicles like bikes, scooters, trucks and even tuk-tuks are being introduced into rideshare. In a bid to promote cleaner environments and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation systems, cities are partnering with rideshare start-ups to introduce smarter transport solutions. In some cases, cities are going it on their own and introducing public ridesharing schemes to reduce the number of vehicles on the road.

In this post, we will shed some light on Taipei’s public bikeshare system called YouBike (Ubike). YouBike

 

More About YouBike

 

YouBike is a Taipei based public bicycle sharing service. The service is offered by the city’s Department of Transportation. Taipei is collaborating with local bicycle manufacturer, Giant Bicycles to provide this service in over 6 cities in Taiwan. The service was launched in 2009 and now boasts over 22 million rentals annually with over 200 rental stations.

 

Fare

To rent a bike, it costs NT$5 for the first 30 minutes then NT$10 for every 30 minutes within the first 4 hours, NT$20 for every 30 minutes between 4-8 hours and NT$40 for every 30 minutes after 8 hours.

 

To rent a YouBike

To download the app, visit Play store or the App store. You can rent either as a Member or as a single user. As a member, you will require an Easycard electronic card and a Taipei mobile phone number to register. As a single renter, you will require your credit card and will only be able to rent from a kiosk at a bike station. Please note that YouBike will pre-authorise NT$2,000 on your card which will be cancelled when you return the bike with no incidents.

 

To Use

Inspect the bike before renting it. Once you are satisfied with the state of the bike, place your card on the sensing zone of the bike. Once the green light flashes, makes a beep sound and says “Take”, retrieve the bike from the rack immediately and start riding.

 

To Return

Find an unoccupied parking slot, insert bike lock plate into the dock to lock. Wait for the indicator lights to ask you to place your card on the sensor, then place your Easycard to make payments. Once the fees are taken, the bike has been returned.

 

If you happen to visit Taiwan, be sure to try out a YouBike.

 

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Uber and Cargo Partnership to Feed You On The Go

 

Despite the setbacks Uber has experienced over the years, the company continues to introduce innovative ways of providing exceptional service. In June 2017, Uber launched the 180 days of change to improve driver/partner experience. Now, Uber is partnering with Cargo to help drivers make more money by selling confectioneries and other items during rides.

Cargo is a start-up company that targets rideshare drivers by turning their vehicles into a unique version of a convenience store. This Uber and Cargo partnership will see drivers in San Francisco and Los Angeles pick up Cargo boxes from Uber Greenlight hubs. These Greenlight hubs are Uber’s driver support locations around the city. Uber and Cargo Partnership

 

How does the Uber and Cargo Partnership work?

These Cargo boxes are filled with snacks like protein bars, gums and others. Other tech accessories like chargers and ear phones can be found in these boxes. These boxes are placed in the center of the vehicle’s console, visible to passengers. Cargo gives these items plus samples to Uber drivers for free and the drivers earn attractive commissions on each purchase made by passengers.

Right now, riders can only pay for items via the Cargo app. To buy an item, identify what item interests you and scan the QR code on Cargo’s mobile site. Once the item is duly paid for, the Uber driver will give the item to the buyer.

“Through partnerships with major brands like Kellogg’s, Starbucks and Mars Wrigley Confectionery”, Cargo is able to offer these items for free to drivers, Uber stated in a press release.

 

What it means for Uber drivers

To take advantage of this Uber and Cargo partnership, interested Uber drivers must have a rating of 4.75 at least and also be very active on the platform. Cargo is offering the following incentives to drivers:

  • $1 per order (even on free samples)
  • 25% commission on retail sales
  • Free product shipments
  • Referral bonuses
  • Tipping option available and payable to drivers
  • Drivers are paid twice every month

 

What we think

As an Uber driver, having supplementary income is always a welcome idea. Now drivers do not have to rely solely on ride fares; they can earn more money while riding by becoming expert salesmen. The awesome part is that you don’t have to go looking for customers as they are already riding in your vehicle. Hopefully this program spreads to other cities so that eligible drivers can earn more on the go.

 

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All About Toyota’s $500M Investment in Uber

 

In May, 2016, auto giant Toyota announced that it would be entering a partnership with Uber. The partnership saw Uber and Toyota working on creating new leasing options that would allow Uber drivers lease vehicles with Toyota Financial Services providing financing to these drivers. This leasing program is flexible and drivers can cover their payments through their Uber earnings. Uber and Toyota’s partnership is obviously profitable to both parties as Toyota is investing $500 million in Uber to deliver self-driving cars.

Uber has been investing heavily in driverless car projects and mapping technology. Toyota on the other hand has been opening research centers in several places in the U.S and also devised a plan to spend about $1 billion over a 5-year period on research and development of artificial intelligence, robotics and developing self-driving cars. Investment in Uber

 

More about Toyota’s $500M investment in Uber

This investment will help accelerate Uber’s development of self-driving vehicles as the rideshare giant plans to launch a self-driven vehicle pilot by 2021. For Toyota, an alliance like this is very necessary given that Uber and other rideshare companies are big threats to automakers. The company also faces huge obstacles in the future if self-driving vehicles become a transportation norm.

We have learnt that Uber will be tasked with fitting Toyota’s Sienna Minivans with self-driving technology. This investment comes at a great time for Uber whose semi-autonomous vehicle project came to a halt in Arizona after one of its cars killed a woman.

 

Conclusion

Toyota’s $500M investment in Uber can help cushion expenses that are bound to be incurred while developing and deploying self-driving vehicles. Obviously, both companies have a common interest in self-driving cars and it is only necessary that both sides take advantage of this partnership to reach their shared goal.

 

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All About Uber and Venmo Partnership

 

Uber is a convenient way to ride. The app-based service is a pioneer in rideshare and has been embraced as a preferred way to ride globally. Riders place their ride request via the app and then the rider is matched to a driver. Uber passengers get a fare estimate before even starting a ride. This helps them decide if to go on with the ride or cancel the ride request. This fare estimate is shown to the rider before completing the ride request process on the Uber app. Passengers pay for the rides via the credit or debit cards tied to their Uber accounts.

Some markets like Nigeria and India allow passengers pay for rides using cash. In addition to these payment options, riders can pay for rides using their PayPal accounts and now, payment can be effected using Venmo. Uber and Venmo entered a partnership to facilitate payment for Uber rides with Venmo. Uber and Venmo

 

Venmo

Venmo is a free digital wallet that lets you transfer money to others via a mobile app. This mobile payment service is owned by PayPal and both parties of the payment transaction have to be resident in the U.S.

 

Uber and Venmo Partnership

In July 2018, Uber announced it will be partnering with Venmo to allow users add Venmo as a payment method for Uber rides and UberEATS. In a press release, Uber stated that in 2017 “more than six million payments on Venmo mentioned “Uber” in their description”. It is only strategic that Uber will pursue a beneficial partnership with Venmo to simplify payment via the mobile money service. To facilitate payments via Venmo, Uber provided an option where Venmo can be added as a payment method on the Uber app.

Users can pay solo or split costs with other parties. However, you will be prompted to visit the Venmo app to split the cost effectively. You will also find custom Uber and UberEATS emojis in the Venmo app to add some fun in the description field.

 

Conclusion

Having multiple payment methods for Uber payments is a good way to make the service more flexible and convenient for users. This Uber and Venmo partnership is a win-win for all parties involved. Uber stands to earn more if riders have multiple ways of paying for the service; Venmo profits from transaction fees and users have flexible means of effecting payment after using Uber’s services.

 

 

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All About Mobike Bikeshare

 

Ridesharing is gaining strides globally and not only with cars. To ensure seamless transportation, bikes, trucks, and even rickshaws are being used to simplify transportation. At the fore-front of the sharing economy is the rideshare behemoth, Uber. With the goal to make global transportation as seamless as running water, Uber found a way to connect riders with drivers who want to use their car as a means of transporting people.

In densely populated countries like India and China, bikes and rickshaws are being used to decongest roads and reduce carbon footprints. In China, bike sharing startups like Mobike, Ofo and Bluegogo are seeking to improve the country’s transportation system. To learn how bikeshare works, we will shed more light the bike share company with the largest number of operational bikes in the world, Mobike. mobike

 

More about Mobike

Beijing based bikeshare company, Mobike officially launched in 2015. It currently operates in over 200 cities in 15 countries world-wide. The company began international expansion in March of 2017 with Singapore as its first international. The company quickly moved to other countries like Great Britain, Australia, Japan, Malaysia and the United States all in the same year. Since then, the company has delved into other countries and continued to expand its reach. In April 2018, Mobike was acquired by a Chinese web company called Meituan-DianPing.

 

How Mobike works

  • Download the Mobike mobile app on iOS and Google Play
  • Register your information
  • Enter your payment method and you will be asked to pay a refundable fee of 299 yuan which is used to confirm your payment information.

To Ride

  • Open the app and locate the bike closest to you
  • Once you arrive at the location of the bike, scan the QR code. To do this, press the black button labelled “Scan and Ride”. It will show a QR code, scan the code via the app to unlock the bike.
  • The electronic lock on the bike will give 3 short beeps and the app will prompt a message that reads “Unlock successful”

 

Fare

A single trip cost 1RMB for every 30mins. Once you unlock the bike, the charges start counting. The time resets once the bike is locked. You will then receive a receipt containing the trip summary and the final ride cost via the Mobike App.

 

Conclusion

Bike sharing is a great way to reduce the number of cars on the road especially in cities that are densely populated. It will not only reduce traffic congestion but make the roads safer and the environment cleaner.

 

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