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Prachi Bhardwaj, provided by Published 8:58 am, Tuesday, May 29, 2018 Now Playing: Uber Introduces 911 Emergency Feature According to TechCrunch, users will be able to quickly call 911 using the safety icon at the bottom of the app. TechCrunch reports that Uber is working with a few cities to integrate RapidSOS which would automatically share your location with emergency dispatchers. Uber started to develop the feature after they found out that finding the location of a 911 caller is often the biggest problem. At the end of the day, when a user is in an emergency, we want them to use whatever will be the fastest mechanism for them in that moment in time. Media: Wibbitz Uber rolled out an in-app safety feature that allows passengers to share their ride's exact location and vehicle information with the police in case of an emergency. Until now, the alternatives were to share ride information with a friend or call 911 if something went wrong; the new feature … [Read more...] about Uber is rolling out a new safety feature to help you share details of your ride with 911 in case of an emergency
For Jeff Barker, the question came shortly after he retired. His Parkinson’s disease, diagnosed in 2014, was progressing, and he no longer felt safe driving. His wife, Betty, was still working and unable to take long periods off during the day. So how was he going to get to his medical appointments? The answer came via a smartphone app: He’d take Uber, as millions of other people do daily. His decision highlights the growing role that ride-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft have in providing medical transportation to patients who cannot drive. But the companies are also seen as providing solutions that currently work well only for a subset of patients — continuing the disparity in access to health care. Barker, 62, says Uber has been a godsend for him. “These guys, they’re always very polite, always very good to me,” he said. “It helps,” Betty added, “to take the pressure off of ‘How are we going to deal with these … [Read more...] about Uber is taking a larger role in transporting people to Colorado hospitals. Does that promote inequality?
Gett is hitting Uber where it hurts -- where it hurts Uber riders, that is. The ride-hailing rival has built its brand on being the un-Uber, never charging users more at peak times. Its new campaign, "Surge Sucks," is its latest dig at the industry leader. Starting Tuesday, Gett will give customers in New York credits equal to what they have previously paid in surge fares to Uber. To receive the credit, riders must first sign up at SurgeSucks.com, where they can submit up to $100 in receipts from both Uber and Lyft that show surge pricing. Gett will then issue a credit equivalent to the cumulative costs, rounded up to the nearest $5 increment, meaning $81 in surge fees would be worth $85 in Gett rides. "We're excited to launch our Surge Sucks program to further position Gett as the surge-free alternative to Uber," Gett CEO Shahar Waiser said in a statement. Uber services hundreds of cities in 64 countries. Gett's app, launched in 2010, the year after Uber, is available in 57 cities … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Gett’s “Surge Sucks” program targets Uber where it hurts
Uber is known as a secretive company that isn’t keen on divulging its data. It’s had public spats with lawmakers from New York to Seattle to ensure data on its rides isn’t released to the public. But now the ride-hailing company appears to be changing course. Uber announced Sunday that it’s planning to share the ride and traffic data it’s collected from billions of rides. The company is releasing the data to “help urban planners make informed decisions about our cities,” it wrote in a blog post. Uber is the world’s highest valued venture-backed company. Analysts say it could be worth as much as $68 billion. Its premise is simple: As a ride-hailing service, it pairs drivers with passengers via a phone app. Since its founding in 2009, Uber has grown to become one of the biggest ride-hailing services on the planet, with more than 40 million monthly active riders and operations in more than 450 cities in more than 70 countries. While … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Uber to let loose loads of ride data