This Week in Rideshare: Postmates, Masks, and Safety.

Uber gives an offer, masks are mandatory and rides gets safer. LegalRideshare breaks it down.

MONDAY 6/29/20

After Uber was snubbed by Grubhub, it went for the next best thing: Postmates. The Information covered the story, adding:

The Wall Street Journal pegged the offer at $2.6 billion, up from a $2.2 billion valuation it received last fall as part of a financing. It’s raised around $900 million in total, according to Pitchbook.

The offer comes just two weeks after Uber’s efforts to buy Grubhub fell apart when that company agreed to be acquired by a European food delivery firm, Just Eat Takeaway.

TUESDAY 6/30/20

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With COVID-19 on everyone’s mind, Uber is trying to clean up these concerns with a new in-app notification. CNET explains:

When hailing an Uber, passengers in certain cities will now get a new prompt that tells them disinfectant wipes will be available during their ride. Through a partnership with Clorox, Uber said Tuesday it’s distributing hundreds of thousands of canisters of the cleaning supply company’s wipes to drivers. Uber is also telling riders which surfaces in the car it recommends they clean before and after every trip.


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It’s official: “No mask? No ride.” News comes as Uber locks in those rules indefinitely. USA Today explains:

The company previously said that both drivers and riders are required to wear masks during trips through June. On Wednesday, the company said it’s extending that rule.


In an effort to make rides safer for passengers, Uber is working with the #WhatsMyName campaign. CNET’s Dara Kerr interviewed LegalRideshare’s Bryant Greening about the initiative.

Passenger safety is the most important issue. If passengers aren’t safe, then ridesharing isn’t viable,” said Bryant Greening, an attorney with LegalRideshare, which represents riders and drivers. “Most people aren’t going to be victims of crimes, but you need to take proactive steps to make sure you’re not a statistic.”

FRIDAY 6/3/20

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As the demand for gig workers rises, so do their needs of benefits. Havard Business Review breaks it down, adding:

The pandemic has demonstrated that workers’ access to UI — not to mention other vital benefits — shouldn’t depend on their employer’s classification choices, and that it is entirely possible for the benefits of employment to be detached from any particular job.

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