This Week in Rideshare: Scooters, Tracing, and Data
Scooters hit Chicago, Uber traces riders, and data gets breached. LegalRideshare breaks it down.
Same scooters. New rules. That’s the word coming from Chicago as they brace for their return. CBS Chicago reported:
One of the biggest changes this time is that scooter rides can happen citywide — except along the lakefront, the 606 Trail, and the Central Business district downtown.”
Another no-no and huge complaint last year — sidewalk riding. Lime said it created sidewalk detection technology, though that is not a Chicago requirement.
On Tuesday, Uber announced it has been quietly working with health officials around the world on helping combat COVID-19. Business Insider reported:
The ride-sharing company has built a special portal for health officials to request access to rider and driver data.
In the first half of 2020, the company received 560 coronavirus-related requests from 29 countries. Out of the 560 requests, 158 came from the US.
Are you paying more than you should for that Uber ride? It’s very possible. USA Today explains:
The team out of George Washington University in Washington, D.C., assessed more than 100 million trips between November 2018 and December 2019.
What they discovered was that ride-hailing companies charged a higher price per mile for a trip if either the pick-up point or destination had a higher percentage of non-white residents, low-income residents or high-education residents.
If you’ve used Instacart recently, there’s a chance your data was sold online. Buzzfeed news explains:
Sellers in two dark web stores were offering information from what appeared to be 278,531 accounts.
The source of the information, which also included email addresses and shopping data, was unknown, but appeared to have been uploaded from at least June until today.
In an effort to help struggling restaurants, Uber Eats has launched a new app. Si Live explains:
…the company is rolling out a new Uber Eats Manager App that allows restaurateurs to conveniently track their sales, trends and goals from their mobile phone.
Uber Eats has also created new customer engagement tools, available both online and through the new Manager App, which allows restaurants to quickly and efficiently engage with customers and even provide future discounts in the event of a botched order.
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