Tips for Uber drivers

Uber has seamless cash transactions where the company charges your credit card and sends a receipt to your email address. There is no need to tip the drivers but the latest court rule allows riders to tip the drivers. The choice of tipping lies with the rider it will soon transform into a social norm where people feel it as the norm. This experience is felt in restaurants where people tip not because it is necessary but it is the social necessity. We don’t feel sympathetic to tip them but feel it more as a social pressure.

There are signs which read” Tip appreciated” on cars and its better not to comply with this norm. To get around the tip issue uber could have linked it to the star rating for instance tipping 5 star drivers high and less for 4 star raters. This indeed could have improved the service and satisfied the feel of drivers that they are not given tip.

According to research these are the major reasons for giving tips:
1. To help the worker or driver
2. To reward their service
3. To get future preferential service
4. To maintain social esteem

However it is all up to the riders to decide it is better to maintain the current scenario of easy transactions and not feel obliged to tip. In Lyft tipping is included in the app and is completely the choivce of the customer.

European commissioner appointed as Uber’s policy board member

Uber has appointed Nellie Kroes as policy board member. She is former vice-president of European Commission; she was part of EU’s executive body and head of digital agenda initiative.

The policy board will advise Uber on its global expansion and the first meeting was held in May 2016.

While being a part of EU she has actively supported the company and criticized the ban of Uber in European nations.
In 2014 she was against Brussels court’s decision to stop uber drivers from working in the city. She also wrote an article in regard with this on her official European commission blog.

The other high-profile people, from various nations, to join the board are Robert Danino, Former prime minister of Peru, Ray LaHood ,former US Secretary of transportation, and Allan Fells, former chairman of the Australian competition and consumer commission.

Uber spokesperson stated the reason for choosing its members for the policy board was their leadership and experience. The company stated it wanted to be careful with its public policy which has affected the company many a times.

The board has a mix of nationalities which helps in framing broad and innovative rules for the company. The company’s international expansion was rough with severe opposition from governments and taxi operators across the globe. Still now there are many legal hurdles staring at Uber. The company believes the guidance of these leaders will be a resolution to its never ending global court wars.

Beauty hacks to try on Uber ride

Uber has definitely made travelling a lot easier than before. It has given us the luxury to get a car at any time and any place. While u travel in this luxury, but yet affordable mode of transport, use your time wisely and get your make-up done. Here are some beauty tips to checkout while taking your Uber ride:

Use fingertips:

Brushes give you flawless looks but it’s better to use finger tips when you are not in a steady position to use them. Do not get yourself hurt with make-up tools. Use dark eye tint with fingertips, it will give you smoky and modern outlook.

Choose the time application:

Apply eye make-up during those long signals so that you can avoid sleigh of hands. If not try it doing during smooth rides and single pot hole can turn out to be a makeup blunder or worse you may poke your eyes.

Try simple style:

Do not go for stains and liquid eye liners; it is not possible to perfect them in a moving vehicle. Apply lipstick with fingertips and get a blended and diffused lip color. Do not apply dark colors; it requires proper lighting to perfect them. Try simple and light colors so that it does not look bad even if you apply it heavily.

Be prepared for mistakes:

Potholes, sharp turns and sudden braking there are enough reasons for your makeup to go wrong, be prepared for them. Carry make-up wipes for make-up blunders wiping your hands and outfit stains.

Uber improvising its prediction capabilities

Uber is improving its prediction capabilities to judge when it needs to bring out more cars on roads. It may be weekend or heavy rains there are reasons for rise in demand and the company wants figure it out before hand. The prediction helps in plugging the demand-supply gap. The company wants to reduce the wait time for its customers at peak hours. This requires data acquisition and analysis which is currently being done at the advanced technology center of Uber. At a recent data conference, Jeff Schneider the head of Uber’s engineering department stated that they are trying all means to get accurate predictions. To some extent uber already does this but even precise prediction can take out surge pricing.

This dynamic pricing scheme is followed to bring out more drivers on road during peak hours. Predicting and applying it before hand will reduce the wait time for customers. There is also a possibility that accuracy in data analysis can even take away surge pricing and even the tech-giant knows that no customer is happy to pay more for the same ride. But in the present scenario surge pricing is not expected to go away. There is an additional feature to this where the customer needs to enter the surge factor to make sure the customer is aware of the increase in rate. More interestingly Uber has sought patent rights over the verification feature. So the riders have to shell out extra penny for some more time.

Uber is set to launch Uber green along with BMW and Nissan. In this project electric cars will be made available to the users from 9th may to 3rd June in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Woolworths Rewards members will be able to access the service before the projext is officially available to other riders.

Uber customers are given a chance to take a ride on the BMW i3 or Nissan Leaf battery car. The option is priced same as that of the UberX cost. The cars are said to zero emission vehicles and the rider is thus choosing no-emission drive.

Uber’s general manager for Sub-Saharan Africa Alon Lits stated that the company is in search for alternative options and this is one of the them to create a clean environment.

The option is in a trial phase and is available only between 7am and 7pm. The service is also restricted certain areas of Johannesburg during rush hours.

To avail the services choose the uber green option in your phone application. The rest of the options such as pick-up location remain the same.

It is one of the marketing tactics of the company to attract potential buyers. It provides the riders with real time experience of the car and gain popularity since electric cars are not fast moving vehicles and less sought after in the market.

BMW’s South Africa Managing Director Tim Abbot stated that the organization is trying to increase the electric cars in SA. She also said that they are happy that like-minded people are coming together to increase the presence of electric cars.

Uber Drivers Get Traffic And Map Datas From Tomtom

Tomtom is a Dutch company well known for its mapping service will be joining Uber, a ride sharing company, for helping its drivers with accurate mapping and traffic data.

This technology helps Uber to get the exact details about arrival time, gain better navigation experience and have an efficient journey. Drivers using tomtom in their Uber app will be getting a great experience throughout their ride.

This helps the Uber drivers to go with exact routes for a particular location and know about the e traffic in a location, so that they can start to the point according to the traffic condition. This helps them reach a particular location in exact time.

Uber is already provided with carpooling facility in some cities, which enable the passengers to pick up passengers, pointing to the same location.

Uber decided to take this deal as some people are getting more focused on its other ride sharing rivals.

Uber provides its customers with a facility to get a taxi with a single swipe in their smartphones, instead of booking for a taxi or waiting in the roadside.

Tomtom is already working with Apple on its house-mapping app since 2012, as Apple announced Google maps as the default app for its users.

Tomtom has not disclosed a price for the deal while signing up, but it announced that, it was very much excited to join a company like Uber. This new technology will be implemented in more than 300 cities across the world, including most of the Uber markets.

Uber Australia is a failure in the country

Uber, the ride hailing service is a massive hit in many countries across the globe despite few failed attempts in deals and features that were earlier implemented. Uber Australia does not pay the tax bills because it does not generate the expected market revenue. In other words, the company is basically broke and is literally trying to pick up the pace in the race. However, the Uber service has put up a complaint against the country’s Goods and Service tax GST stating it cannot pay the tax because it is just a startup company. The local services in Australia are discontent with the company’s intentional ignorance on the tax laws.

Uber’s spokesperson has justified its actions by stating Australia should not really be bothered by the issue as long as it is serving its part to the country’s economy. Airbnb earlier faced the same issue but promised the officials it has already paid 37 percent to the tax collectors.

Uber could be the best in the country, but it needs to stay grounded as well. The ride sharing company is making very less profit than expected, and hence finding it difficult to pay the tax bills. It quickly needs to restore its fame and get back on the tack to make record breaking market revenue. Several sources say Uber is intentionally dodging the tax laws and calls it a black market, unregulated ride hailing service that needs to be banned forever from the country.

Uber’s Marketing Strategy

Uber has already established its service in 60 cities with its number of drivers in lakhs but it doesn’t reach its level of profit.

Investment Director Mark Hawtin conveyed that uber needs to achieve around 30 percent in the market of global taxis, in order to prove its current level of valuation. He also added that uber needs to gain profit by increasing its revenue for every ten minutes.

Uber’s investor claims that the company is new the only possible way for Uber to enrich in its business is marketing.

By expanding it’s marketing, the ride hailing company can power up its revenue. The chief executive officer of Uber stated that the company is improving its business in china in order to reach around hundred cities by next year. Investors suspected kalanick’s growth strategy because of the determination of some Uber’s competitors across the world.

Marketing is a hard task as it involves investing in each city to get the profit. It urges them to spend some amount for the drivers and passengers, which includes incentives and some discounts. Open a website like Uber with and start your own marketing

Each step Uber takes in order to reach out many investors and maintain its relationship with investor impresses many people. Uber is considered as a survivor in many taxi protests, which give it a chance to get concession from New York officials.

The company tries to find out some revenue channels in the United States to approach the emerging market. Uber is all set to launch its UberEats service and partnership with retails in new cities.

Uber investor slams Amsterdam as it shuts down the service

Uber has always been successful despite many controversies, and it is a potential threat to many local services. The company is not widely accessible in the Dutch city and the ride sharing service UberPop is banned throughout Netherlands. Billionaire Jim Coulter slams the Amsterdam officials for not making the Uber service widely available in the city. However, Amsterdam is finding it difficult to trust Uber’s private drivers simply because of security concerns and the government does not want to disrupt city’s peace. The city officials say the service would anyway continue to operate with its professional drivers.

Uber’s ride sharing service UberPop is the key feature for the record breaking market revenue, but Amsterdam’s severe action has done a serious damage to it. The billionaire Jim Coulter feels the city lags behind in the modern digital era and would regret later for its decision. The loss of UberPop in Amsterdam would definitely affect the company in a drastic way but also ease the pain of local taxi drivers.

Uber operating in many countries has taken down the local taxi services and always been way ahead in the race. The American based company has shined bright with whatever it does despite the worst controversies such as sexual harassments, kidnapping and so on. Most of those controversies are caused by the private drivers, and Amsterdam does not wish to put the city at risks. After all, Prevention is way better than cure!

Uber launches carpool option in Miami

Uber provides a new ecofriendly; safe and reliable option for Miami customers, which gives them a chance to have a pleasant and enthusiastic ride. Riders who like to go with this service can save their money, as Uber claims that it has reduced its cost 25 to 50%.

This scheme, which started in Miami on Nov 19 further extended to Miami Beach and Coral Gables.

Customers who are using Uber app can now able to see the option Uberpool and choose the service by a single tap. By choosing this option, Uber’s software will match them with some other riders who are travelling in the same direction, other than this the software has many other choices. Many customers who require a car tend to choose the same direction at the same time, so that kind of customers finds this software useful.

It gives time limit of two weeks for the local drivers and riders to get adapted to the service before heavy traffic could damage the week of Art Basel in Miami Beach.

Uber also stated that, this service has many advantages as it avoids road blockage, saves customer’s time and money.

Uber brings out some conditions for riders who like to have this service which includes ensuring the riders not to make the car wait for them, switch off the mobile if possible while travelling and restriction of political debates. The user should also check whether if it is the right time to pool.