This Week in Rideshare: Grubhub, apps, and scooters

Uber orders Grubhub, apps get safer, and e-scooters to the rescue? LegalRideshare breaks it down.

2 min readMay 15, 2020


MONDAY 5/11/20

3-minutes. That’s how long it took to lay off 3500 Uber employees. All via Zoom. NY Post added:

A company source told The Post on Monday that the online encounter was one of “tens of” video calls made by “various leaders in the organization” — and that the layoffs were made this way “since our offices are closed due to COVID-19 and because these layoffs affected people across 46 countries.”

TUESDAY 5/12/20

It looks like Uber has a taste for Grubhub. On Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal reported:

Uber, which in addition to its flagship ride business operates a big meal-delivery unit known as Uber Eats, in February approached Grubhub with an all-stock takeover offer and the companies have been in talks since then.


The Uber app gets safer. On Wednesday they, announced new in-app features to help fight COVID-19. CNET reported:

“For riders, when requesting a trip, they’ll first be taken to the checklist. This includes agreeing they have no COVID-19 symptoms and sanitizing their hands, along with the other items. Only then will Uber’s system start looking for a driver. Riders will be required to do the checklist before every trip.”

THURSDAY 5/14/20

How safe is an Airbnb right now? Good question. The Today Show reported on the issue and had Dr. Andrew Janowski at Washington University weigh in.

“The longer the home has been unoccupied, the better. I would be concerned there could be infectious virus if someone was in the home in the past day or two, but after about three days, I think the risk is exceedingly small.”

FRIDAY 5/15/20

As COVID-19 ransacks ridesharing giants like Uber and Lyft, there appears to be one unlikely hero: e-scooters. Forbes explains:

Uber invested again in Lime, one of e-scooter sharing’s biggest companies, as part of a $170 million round at the beginning of May while Bolt has plans to deploy e-scooters in 45 cities over the summer.

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