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Wednesday, 27 April 2016

About Uber

Hi Again From Carol,

I thought I would write about this new business model of Uber ridesharing because I do have my view on this having worked in technology and actually worked as an Uber driver for a short time.

Uber calls itself a technology company and I find that to be kinda inaccurate.  It is like an insurance company calling itself a technology company because they do not employ their sales agents they just connect the sales agents to the potential customers.  Uber is responsible for all the driver rules, fare calculations, logistics, and financial processing for the ridesharing even though the drivers are not employees.  The only similarity I find to technology companies is that they tend to exploit the drivers doing the work, and technology companies often exploit their technologists and programmers.

I think that the taxi driving service is a mysogynistic business that uses the inability of women to break into the auto ownership and auto licensing services.   First of all, there are a lot of mechanics and car salesmen that treat women like they are really stupid before even having a conversation or knowing them.  Some families never teach the women in the family to drive a car.  Women are often overcharged for things that are not even required.  Once I even had German car parts inserted into a General Motors engine, as if I would not even notice.  The parts did not fit and caused permanent engine problems and could have causes a major calamity on the highway.  Then when taking the mechanic to court for malpractice with all kinds of evidence and another mechanics statement, I lost because he brought in his boys club with him to make sure I lost.

I think Uber is a viable option for people having to get around that do not have a drivers license or auto available.  Just download the app, and signup.  You will have to give them your address and credit card information.  I would drive you around, but frankly, I find that most of my passengers do not value the use of a car properly, or the expenses related to owning a car, and have taken advantage.

I have to say that as an Uber driver, Uber was also kinda mysogynistic.   My passengers often stated I was the only woman driver they had ever gotten with Uber.  However as an Uber passenger, you will save money over regular taxi service, and save time over the city bus service.  Better for me you use Uber, since I usually do not receive adequate compensation for driving people around.

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