Transportation

Uber’s $1 ‘Safe Rides Fee’ prompts class action lawsuit

Uber’s $1 ‘Safe Rides Fee’ prompts class action lawsuit

It's not easy being Uber these days. First they're fighting for the legality of their ride-sharing service in a number of cities, then the safety of their drivers and background checks come into question, followed by their CEO facing charges in other countries. And now another blow to their image, this time in the form of a class action lawsuit from two Uber passengers in San Francisco over the company's $1 "Safe Rides Fee." They argue that it's an unfair additional charge and shouldn't have to pay it.

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Uber pledges additional passenger safety measures in India

Uber pledges additional passenger safety measures in India

Earlier this month, ride-hailing service Uber was shut down by authorities in New Delhi, India after a female passenger was sexually assaulted by her driver. Now the company is making new promises to enact better passenger safety measures with the hope of being able to return to service in the city. Uber's fate in Delhi is to be discussed by the city's Transportation Department on December 29th, but the ride service needs to not only convince skeptics in the government, but angry customers as well.

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UberT adds $2 charge for hailing taxis

UberT adds $2 charge for hailing taxis

Uber has upset some of its New York customers by introducing a $2 fee to its UberT, a service in New York City that allows travelers to hail a taxi or boro-taxi using its platform. The service itself is a mixture between Uber and traditional taxi usage, making it easier to get a taxi, for example, but less convenient without the payment option regular UberX users enjoy. The new $2 charge is said to be a "booking fee", and it goes directly to Uber.

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Lyft now lets up to five people split the fare

Lyft now lets up to five people split the fare

Lyft is making some changes, and among them is a new perk for customers: split fare. The feature is now available for those who use the ridesharing service, being presented in the app where users can choose a "Split payment" option and invite up to five other people to join in. Those invited people can then accept the invitation to be added to the ride (and thusly the final fare). This makes it easier for groups heading somewhere to divvy up the transportation cost.

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johanson3 electric cargo trike can tote around a passenger

johanson3 electric cargo trike can tote around a passenger

Electric scooters, whatever variety they might come in, are usually designed to meet a combined need for compact design and relatively long ranges, being ideal for zipping around a campus, big city, or other places where cars are overkill. For that reason, many scooters (and their more stable trike offshoots) aren't able to accommodate cargo or a second passenger, which can be unfortunate. The johanson3 is different, retaining a very minimalist design while being able to tote along a second person or some cargo.

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2015 Audi RS5 Coupe Sport limited edition has 75 unit run

2015 Audi RS5 Coupe Sport limited edition has 75 unit run

Audi has a new limited 2015 RS5 Coupe Sport edition, a model only available in a 75 unit limited production run. The Sport limited edition model sports a substantial price boost over the standard model, but for the price increase is a design by an exclusive customization team at Audi, the particulars of which we have showcased in a gallery after the jump. Among other things, buyers can choose a more customized paint job that complements the interior leather and more.

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Uber agrees to pull out of Portland for 3 months

Uber agrees to pull out of Portland for 3 months

Earlier this month, Uber steamrolled into Portland without any heads up that it was coming, surprising both residents and city officials alike. The intrusion was illegal, and was not tolerated for long. Within a couple days, Portland had filed a lawsuit against the ridesharing service and had begun baiting drivers, issuing them warnings under the threat of possible substantial future fines. The tactic wasn't a surprising move on Uber's part, and now that it has managed to catch Portland residents' attention, it has agreed to withdraw its service temporarily, leaving everyone else to scramble.

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Hyperloop may be ten years out, team says

Hyperloop may be ten years out, team says

When elon Musk cooly dropped the Hyperloop on us all, the idea was as forehead-slapping simple as it was futuristic. For Californians, the reality of an uber-quick Los Angeles to San Francisco transit system has long been discussed, but eludes the public at large. Though not without its doubters, the Hyperloop was a pretty bright concept, and one we’d all like to have. That’s kind of the new thinking around the Hyperloop, as the team attempting to build it is aiming to have it ready in ten years, and criss-crossing the nation.

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Study finds ridesharing services safer than taxis

Study finds ridesharing services safer than taxis

Ridesharing services -- Uber in particular -- have taken a lot of flak from taxi companies and critics in general over safety concerns. A new study looked into this matter by comparing the driving quality of drivers representing ridesharing companies with taxi drivers and non-commercial drivers. What they found likely won't be surprising to those who have used both types of commercial transportation: the ridesharing drivers were safer than taxi drivers.

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