This Week In Rideshare: Pedestrians, Carjackings, and Lawsuits.
A dangerous time to walk, a carjacking ring gets busted and Uber sues over a wage hike. LegalRideshare breaks it down.
Uber CEO talks green. Today added:
Speaking at the Aspen Ideas Festival, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi talks about the company’s goal to be at zero emissions in the U.S. by 2030 and also weighs in on autonomous vehicles. NBC’s Savannah Sellers reports for TODAY.
It’s the most dangerous time to be a pedestrian in over 40 years. CNN explains:
A study of State Highway Safety Offices data released by the Governor’s Highway Safety Association in June assessed American drivers killed at least 7,500 pedestrians in 2022. That’s the most of any year since 1981. Missing data from Oklahoma means the final number is likely even higher.
Experts attribute the increase of deaths on faster driving speeds, a lack of pedestrian-friendly road infrastructure and consumer tastes shifting towards increasingly heavier and high-riding trucks and SUVs.
A major carjacking ring in Minneapolis has been stopped. Bring Me The News explains:
A Minneapolis man has pleaded guilty to his role in a “violent carjacking ring” that targeted Uber and Lyft drivers in the Twin Cities.
The plea by Shevirio Kavirion Childs-Young, 20, was announced last week by U.S. Attorney for Minnesota Andrew Luger, who says Childs-Young “engaged in a series of violent carjackings and armed robberies” in September and October 2021.
The robbery scheme would lure Uber and Lyft drivers to certain parts of the metro for a pickup or a dropoff, and when they arrived there would be an armed group waiting, demanding the victims’ cellphones and wallets.
Uber drivers are getting targeted by highly sophisticated scams. Live5News reported:
Uber drivers across the Lowcountry are getting scammed by what they call a “highly sophisticated scammer,” taking hard-earned money away in a new way.
Multiple Uber employees say that the scammers are calling drivers on their personal cellphones with a phone number popping up as a verified Uber corporate number, confusing drivers from the start.
Binion says he quickly transferred money from his Pro Card to his checking account upon feeling suspicious about the call, but the scammer still took $70 from him before catching onto the plan.
Uber, DoorDash, Grubhub sue NYC. AOL adds:
Uber, DoorDash and Grubhub sued New York City Thursday over a new rule that would require the food delivery companies to pay their workers nearly $18 an hour.
DoorDash and Grubhub argued in a joint suit that the “ill-conceived” rule would have “drastic” and “immediate” consequences, while Uber warned in a separate lawsuit that the city’s “grand marketplace experiment risks crushing restaurants and the increasingly important food delivery market.”
Uber argued that the rule was based on “flawed data resulting from biased surveys and unrealistic assumptions that amount to little more than wishful thinking,” a sentiment that was echoed in the lawsuit from DoorDash and Grubhub.