Apple, Uber make advances in self-driving technology: An Update

Recently, we wrote about the advances in autonomous vehicles – a very important and popular piece among independent drivers. Given the interest we wanted to share some really interesting recent updates from Uber, Apple and China. Continue reading “Apple, Uber make advances in self-driving technology: An Update”

Falcon Zero F360 Dual Dashcam Giveaway

Have you been thinking about getting a Dash Cam for your driving? Waiting because you are not sure it is worth it?  Wait no more! We’re giving away the Falcon Zero Dash Cam, one of the more popular dash cams among Uber and Lyft drivers! It’s a cool $300 value. Here’s how you can enter to win! Continue reading “Falcon Zero F360 Dual Dashcam Giveaway”

Shuddle, ‘Uber for kids’ to shut down!

Shuddle, the Uber for kids, who had provided 65,000 rides around the Bay Area, announced today that they are unable to raise a new round of financing and are shutting down operations completely on April 15th. Continue reading “Shuddle, ‘Uber for kids’ to shut down!”

Do you have adequate rideshare insurance?

SherpaShare and NerdWallet teamed up to survey Uber and Lyft drivers across the country on insurance. In the survey, conducted by SherpaShare (here, on the blog and within the Pulse app), 1,022 responded from the SherpaShare community. SherpaShare and NerdWallet wanted to determine whether drivers were adequately insured and the reasons for doing or not doing so. Here are the results!

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7 things I learned as a rideshare driver in 2015

7 things I learned as a rideshare driver in 2015

For our latest post we welcome guest contributor Brett Helling to share his insights on lessons learned while rideshare driving – and what you can learn from them. Brett has been a rideshare driver since early 2014, and blogs about his experiences on the blog he runs, rideshareapps.com

It’s been almost two full years since I signed up to become a rideshare driver. I first signed up with Lyft, then took the plunge and signed up for Uber too. After a few months of driving people around, I thought I knew it all. But towards the end of 2014, the rideshare scene was drastically changing, and I had to adapt to keep up.

2015 brought its fair share of lessons, and I would like to share with you a few things I’ve learned over the past two years. Hopefully some of these suggestions help you avoid rookie mistakes and help you maximize your income too! 

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The latest threat to Uber, Lyft and why it may force rideshare out of Austin

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At the Austin City Council Meeting on December 17th. Kelli Weldon, Community Impact Newspaper

On early Friday morning, after a nearly five hour debate, Austin City Council approved an ordinance that would mandate that all rideshare drivers undergo fingerprint-based criminal background checks. If this proceeds, Uber and Lyft have both threatened to leave Austin, which has been a hugely successful rideshare city.

Fingerprinting would ‘force’ Uber, and Lyft to leave Austin

Companies and drivers are expressing disappointment at the ruling, which could not only have an impact on jobs and public safety in Austin (ie no more rideshare) but could set a precedent for other markets across the US. Immediately after the council’s vote, Lyft spokeswoman Chelsea Wilson issued a statement:  Continue reading “The latest threat to Uber, Lyft and why it may force rideshare out of Austin”

Staying Safe Over The Holidays as a Rideshare Driver

For our latest post we welcome guest contributor “Driver 8” to share his perspective on how to stay safe as a driver, especially over the holidays. “Driver 8” is a former taxi and now TNC driver who’s written extensively on rideshare driving and his experiences. 

Staying Safe Over The Holidays: How to Address the Risk of Aggressive Passengers

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Edward Caban, Uber driver, attacked by passenger on October 30th, 2015

 

By now, you’ve probably seen the video, or at least heard the story of Edward Caban – the Uber driver who was attacked by an intoxicated passenger in Southern California last month.

This was only the most recent in a string of highly publicized stories that should remind all rideshare drivers of the dangers we face every day, simply by going to work, and doing our jobs.  Continue reading “Staying Safe Over The Holidays as a Rideshare Driver”