Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Noam Scheiber New York Times April 03, 2017 The secretive ride-hailing giant Uber rarely discusses internal matters in public. But in March, facing crises on multiple fronts, top officials convened a call for reporters to insist that Uber was changing its culture and would no longer tolerate “brilliant jerks.”Notably, the company also announced that it would fix its troubled relationship with drivers, who have complained for years about falling pay and arbitrary treatment.“We’ve underinvested in the driver experience,” a senior official said. “We are now re-examining everything we do in order to rebuild that love.” Advertisement And yet even as Uber talks up its determination to treat drivers more humanely, it is engaged in an extraordinary behind-the-scenes experiment in behavioral science to manipulate them in the … [Read more...] about How Uber uses psychological tricks to push its drivers’ buttons
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Published 10:51 am PDT, Wednesday, September 26, 2018 FILE - This March 20, 2018, file photo shows the Uber app on an iPad in Baltimore. Uber has agreed to pay $148 million and take steps to tighten data security, after the ride-hailing company failed for a year to notify drivers that hackers had stolen their personal information. less FILE - This March 20, 2018, file photo shows the Uber app on an iPad in Baltimore. Uber has agreed to pay $148 million and take steps to tighten data security, after the ride-hailing company failed for a year ... more Photo: Patrick Semansky, AP Photo: Patrick Semansky, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 FILE - This March 20, 2018, file photo shows the Uber app on an iPad in Baltimore. Uber has agreed to pay $148 million and take steps to tighten data security, after the … [Read more...] about Indiana Uber drivers to receive $100 each from settlement
By Patrick May | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: August 21, 2018 at 2:10 pm | UPDATED: August 22, 2018 at 5:05 am Reading the latest SmartAsset survey of the states with the country’s worst drivers, Californians don’t know whether to be thrilled that we’re in third and not first place or angry because anyone who drives in the Golden State knows full well that we’re definitely the very best at very bad driving. The financial tech company has ranked us after Mississippi and Tennessee, which is outrageous no matter what metrics you’re using to define “worst.” The only thing those two states have over us is a bunch of vowels and consonants aside one another, which California, of course, is sorely missing. In any case, SmartAsset says it measured bad drivers by looking at four factors: “We look at the percent of drivers with insurance, number of DUIs per driver, average number of deaths per miles driven and how … [Read more...] about California doesn’t have the worst drivers in the nation? Baloney!
A TAXI driver accused of repeatedly stealing televisions and electrical equipment from a supermarket believed he was innocently carrying out "click and collects", the High Court heard today. Stephen McAuley claims he was unaware his passenger was allegedly behind a series of raids on Tesco, a judge was told. The 42-year-old, of Lancaster Street in Belfast, was refused bail on 11 charges of theft. He is accused of nine separate shoplifting incidents at Tesco, and also twice taking high-value goods from a B&Q branch. Items worth more than £7,000 in total were said to have been stolen between January 30 and March 4 this year. McAuley and a co-defendant allegedly used the same modus operandi each time a branch of the supermarket at Newtownbreda in south-east Belfast was targeted. Crown lawyer Conor Maguire described one incident where security tags were removed from two TV sets valued at £658. He claimed they were wheeled away in a trolley and put in the back of the taxi … [Read more...] about Taxi driver accused of Tesco theft ‘thought he was carrying out click and collects’
France has one of the most advanced motorways systems in the world, with over 11, 882 kilometres of autoroute tarmac connecting every corner of l’Héxagone. But as the network grows so does the price of road travel. Tolls were bumped up in early 2018, pricy fuel-cosuming traffic jams are still a daily occurrence for many drivers in France and last but not least the French government is allowing the speed camera network to expand and become privatised, a penalty system that brought in €1billion to the country’s public coffers in 2017. With so many added costs to watch out for while driving, catching a plane or train may seem like a more carefree option for some, that’s if they completely forget about the air and rail strikes that can plague French travellers. So rather than letting your car gather dust in the garage, we suggest you go read through this detailed feature to get clued up on the most expensive road tolls to avoid, the time-consuming traffic … [Read more...] about Tolls, traffic and speeding drivers: The motorways in France you might want to avoid