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Transport

  • Imizamo Yethu: Uber will ferry your donations to fire victims

    The Hout Bay and Imizamo Yethu fires have seen numerous organisations and citizens step up to deliver goods and services. Now,Uber has joined the party, launching a two-day initiative that sees Uber drivers serving as couriers for donations. "Uber is working with the Cape Town Disaster Management Team and has created a temporary vehicle view called UberCOMMUNITY, that will allow Cape Town riders to request a vehicle, at no cost, that will collect donations," the smart cab service said in an emailed statement. The service will be available on Tuesday (14 March) and Wednesday (15 March), between 10am and 3pm. Users can't...

  • Johannesburg’s anti-Uber #TaxiStrike according to Twitter

    Update: We've received the following comment from Uber South Africa regarding the #TaxiStrike: Our technology is open and pro-choice and we are keen to offer it to a broad number of taxi drivers to boost their chances for profit. In fact many metered taxi drivers are already using our technology to boost their incomes and we would welcome more who wish to join their colleagues. We do not feel that it should be about Uber or Taxi but rather Uber AND Taxi. Threats and intimidation against those who want to use Uber to boost their income is unacceptable. Today’s protest only...

  • Hacker reports free ride Uber bug, ruins it for all of us

    While searching for bugs in Uber's system, white hat hacker and snitch Anand Prakash discovered one that would allow anyone with the know-how the ability to hail a ride without having to pay. But instead of doing the noble thing and spreading the news underground so the rest of us could have a few free rides before Uber found out, Prakash reported it straight to The Man himself. Uber, like many tech companies, offers a bug bounty programme -- meaning they pay anywhere between US$100 and US$10 000 to hackers who report bugs to them. The programmes both strengthens their security and...

  • Uber CEO admits he needs leadership help after disrespecting driver

    On 28 February, Bloomberg released a video of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick arguing with an Uber driver after a ride. The argument (which starts around the four minute mark) shows Kalanick and the driver, Fawzi Kamel, arguing about lower fares for UberBLACK. Kamel takes the rare opportunity to discuss his worries about his job to the company's CEO. He notes that Uber is "raising the standards" for drivers to qualify for Black, but "dropping the prices" for riders. Kalanick begins calmly stating that they have to keep ahead of competition, but when Kamel gets heated about being bankrupt because of Uber, Kalanick's...

  • #DeleteUber 2.0: ex-Uber engineer details sexual harassment

    Less than a month after users boycotted Uber due to CEO Travis Kalanick's ties to US President Donald Trump, a former employee has sparked new outrage over a blog post detailing institutionalised sexism at the company. Susan J. Fowler, now an engineer at online payment company Stripe, left Uber last December. She is but one of many female engineers who left the company after human resources (HR) allegedly refused to deal with the inherent sexism in the workplace. In an essay posted Sunday, Fowler listed the many failings of both the HR department and the men she worked with. Fowler says she became aware of...

  • Lufthansa’s Airbus A350-900s to receive smart cabin lighting system

    The Airbus A350-900 is a gorgeous piece of aircraft engineering, but for Lufthansa, its sculpted wingtips just weren't enough. The German airliner has announced that it will install a novel creature comfort in its cabins, giving passengers variable lighting settings that mimics light on the ground. This system, which will use LEDs, will aim to alleviate the stress on passengers' biorhythms when crossing timezones. "With the introduction of Lufthansa's new A350-900, it has now for the first time become possible to work with and fit with the biorhythms of the passengers by providing the right type of light at the right...

  • Uber’s #UberSUMMER Cape Town promo is now live

    If you travel from point to point fairly frequently within the Cape Town CBD, the latest Uber summer campaign could be for you. The company has announced #UberSUMMER, which in partnership with DStv, allows users up to 16 free rides within the city centre and surrounds, provided these rides are below R100. Using the code "DStv" in the Uber app will activate the promotion, but there are a few terms and conditions to diarise. Notably, rides are only free between 8am and 8pm -- so no late night club hopping will be allowed with this promotion. Additionally, the supported area leaves out...

  • Uber riders can now ‘Compliment’ drivers for memorable journeys

    Uber is constantly adding new content to its apps for both drivers and drivers, but this time its the former that's getting some much needed love. Quite literally. The ridesharing company has announced that riders in North America can now give drivers compliments in the form of badges. The system is akin to Facebook's reactions system, and allows riders to award both five stars and, well, something a little extra. "When a rider leaves a complimentㄧsay for expertly navigating winding city streets or striking up a conversation that brightened their moodㄧa notification will show up on the driver’s home screen letting them...

  • Uber by the numbers in South Africa, Kenya & Nigeria

    Uber tracks you all the time, so it knows a lot about you. It knows when you're sleeping, it knows when you're awake. It knows when you've been bad or good... You get the picture. That means it must sit on a treasure trove of data and related insights, then. Fortunately, Uber South Africa's Timothy Willis delivered some rather interesting numbers. Uber had a number of intriguing stats to share at AfricaCom - now if only we could get our hands on all their data... Willis also confirmed that UberPool didn't have a launch date in South Africa yet. "You have to reach a...

  • Uber drivers aren’t self-employed, UK court rules

    In a case that could have far-reaching implications, a UK court has ruled that Uber drivers are not self-employed. According to The Guardian, an employment court has ruled that Uber drivers are entitled to a "national living wage". Two drivers, James Farrar and Yaseen Aslam (part of a group of 19 aggrieved drivers), argued that there was "tremendous pressure" to work long hours and that there were "repercussions" for a cancelled ride. "The notion that Uber in London is a mosaic of 30 000 small businesses linked by a common 'platform' is to our minds faintly ridiculous," the judges were quoted as saying...

  • Uber self-driving cars now roaming Pittsburgh streets

    Innovative transport service Uber has made life easier for millions of people commuting around the world's cities. Now, the company has taken its craft a step further by rolling out its first self-driving test vehicles in Pittsburgh in the US. This comes a year after its technology centre was established in the city. The program, currently in its pilot phase, will see a select number of vehicles traversing the tight streets of one of the country's largest cities with a "safety driver" seated up front, just in case human intervention is needed. Uber tested its self-driving cars in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania this week,...

  • Uber, Careem suspended in Abu Dhabi following arrests

    Car hailing services Uber and Careem have temporarily suspended operations in Abu Dhabi, UAE after the country's police arrested around 50 drivers. According to UAE's The National, over 70 cars impounded this weekend, but no one quite understands why the drivers were arrested or cars impounded. "There’s a lot of confusion as to why they were arrested. We haven’t been able to see them or speak to them yet," an operations manager told The National. "One of our drivers was put in jail at the weekend and it’s happened with loads of drivers from other limousine companies as well." Uber and Careem drivers...