Friday, February 15, 2019

A Guide To Using Uber And Its Working

Traveling from one place to another once used to be a hectic task, but nowadays with the launch of new car services like Uber, traveling has become very convenient. Independent contractors provide these services and help people travel from place to place in their own vehicles. These are almost similar to the normal taxi services; however, by using Uber people can request rides whenever they wish to travel at any point in time by using their smartphones. Uber efficiently makes use of the GPS technology to track the ride and provide you with an estimated arrival time.
How to get started with Uber application

If you are new to using the Uber application then the following guidelines might help you with the usage of the application.
* Like any other website or application, Uber also requires people to create an account and register themselves on the applications database. The registration form requires a very basic information from people.
* Using a referral code might earn you twenty-dollar credit that people can use in their first ride. Next, people have to go through a set of terms and conditions, after accepting which one can enter the application and start using its services.
* In order to book a cab, all one has to do is log in to their accounts and request for a ride. Ensure that the GPS of the mobile device is active so that the driver can locate your location.
* Next, you can choose the type of vehicle you wish to ride in. The vehicle options may vary from city to city or from the availability at that point in time.
* After this, one needs to provide the pickup location either by manually inputting the location or by activating the GPS of the device. After confirming the pickup location, one can confirm the order and wait for the driver to reach the pickup location.
* After confirming the order, the driver reaches the pickup location and starts the trip. Finally, the driver takes you to the destination after which the customer has to pay the driver and the trip ends.
Types of Uber Vehicles
Once you input the location of the destination, one receives a variety of options for vehicles. All options are custom for your needs and the price varies from each vehicle. A few common options that the firm provides are:
* Uber GO – This option is the standard service provided by the company. The prices of Uber GO vehicles are nominal and can support up to four passengers.
* Uber Premiere – These are luxury vehicles that cost a bit more than other vehicles but also can support more people.
* Uber Pool – If you are trying to save money then you can book Uber pool and share your ride with some other person.
* Uber Moto – These are a cheap method to travel where a bike can fetch you from the pickup location and is suitable when traveling alone.
All the procedures from booking a ride to paying for the ride at the end of the trip can easily be taken care of by the Uber mobile application. Hence, traveling through Uber vehicles is convenient and comfortable.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Uber Surge: What it is and how it works

The value of every commodity is determined by its supply and demand. The supply and demand of commodities also vary over time because of several factors. Businesses strive to make adjustments to maximize the fluctuations in the demand and supply of their products. Uber Surge is a pricing method used by Uber to vary the value of its services due to demand and supply.
Uber is a ridesharing app with which riders can order rides and pay fares according to the length of the ride. With Uber Surge, other factors such as the availability of riders are considered in determining fares.

How Uber Surge works
During specific times of the day and periods of the year, the demand for Uber rides is higher. The higher demand can also be unexpected, maybe because of a storm or some other factor. The Surge feature calculates the relative proportion of the demand to supply and establishes a multiplier which is then applied to the fares. The Uber Surge algorithm thus tries to balance out demand with supply, increasing the value of rides because of the increased demand.
For example, if there are 15 requests for rides for a specific area and only two drivers in the area, the Surge algorithm establishes a multiplier and then uniforms the riders of the new price due to the increased demand. If a rider doesn’t mind the increased fare, they can go ahead and demand the ride.
As established by research, it is important to note that these price surges are dynamic and can change within a short period. One study showed that the price of rides to a destination doubled and came back to the normal fare within six minutes.
According to Uber, the Uber Surge feature was established to attract drivers to an area with a lot of requests and even out the demand with supply. Drivers get notifications of Surge areas and the increased fares which attracts them to the area. When more drivers are attracted to the area, the fares get reduced and all requests are met.

Driver / Partner Surge
What Uber Surge means for riders and drivers
For drivers, the Uber Surge feature means that their days can be more productive, especially if strategically planned around surges. Drivers also have to be more proactive because of the highly flexible nature of the surges.
For riders, the Uber Surge feature means that the cost of Uber rides cannot be generally predicted. The cost-effective and convenient nature of Uber rides made them a favourite choice. Riders may need to always budget some extra funds for rides during surges.
During surges, one may also consider waiting the surge out, although the unpredictable nature of the surges makes that an unideal option.
The introduction of Uber Surge has generated mixed reactions by both drivers and riders. Riders are now aware that the prices of their rides can change any moment, and drivers experience a bit of concern about the fact that riders may become uninterested in their services because of the higher prices during surge periods.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Tense Relationship Between Taxi Drivers And Uber Drivers In Europe

In much of Europe, the number of taxi licenses far exceeds that of rental vehicle licenses with applications.
The platform that connects users with the most widespread rental vehicles in the world is Uber, a company founded in 2009 in San Francisco (California, USA) that has 16,000 employees and more than 75 million users worldwide, according to data from the company.
In much of Europe the number of taxi licenses far exceeds the number of licenses for rental vehicles with applications, although in some countries, such as Belgium and Italy, platform rental vehicles double that of taxis or in cities in the United Kingdom, such as London, the number of drivers licensed rental services with platform as Uber reaches almost five times the number of taxi drivers.

In Spain there are 64,961 taxi licenses at the state level, of which 24% are concentrated in Madrid, specifically 15,497, followed by Barcelona, with 10,702. The number of licenses used by companies such as Uber and Cabify exceeds 9,000 at the state level.
The regulations establish an authorization of vehicles with driver for every 30 taxies, a proportion that is not met in most communities, which has led to strikes and protests in major cities by the taxi sector.
Some 60,000 taxi drivers work in France, while the number of private drivers is close to 26,000, a figure that has doubled in the last four years due to the success of the applications.
The French taxi drivers’ guild has staged numerous demonstrations against this type of platform, as they are required to have more obligations than private drivers.
While town councils set a limited number of taxis, there are no limits for chauffeur-driven vehicle services, which in order to work need only pass an examination and a series of checks in order to receive a permit in the police prefecture.
Their administrative fees do not exceed 200 euros, as opposed to the more than 100,000 that are paid in the market for buying and selling taxi licenses.
The taxi licenses in Portugal are about 13,000, according to the National Association of Light Road Transporters (Antral), while the service provided by platforms such as Uber and Cabify, could be around 3,000.
The legalization of these platforms in Portugal was harshly contested by the taxi sector with several strikes and protests for what they consider “unfair competition” of these services.
Last March, the Portuguese Parliament approved the law that regularized this type of transport platforms, but it was vetoed by the president of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, so the Chamber is working on a new version to achieve a more balanced treatment between these operators and taxis.
In Germany, the number of taxis is around 56,000, of which 8,161 operate in Berlin, while transport with applications is not known a specific figure.
Since 2014 several platforms such as Uber and Taxify operate in the country, although not in all cities. Uber only operates in Munich and Berlin, after having retired from Hamburg, Düsseldorf and Frankfurt.
All drivers of these applications need to obtain a passenger transport license, which certifies their training, and their companies need a taxi concession, which is regulated by the federal states.
In Italy, an estimated 40,000 taxi drivers work, half of them in major cities, while the number of driver-driven vehicles doubles to 80,000, according to data from the Association of Categories of Driven Vehicles.
Italian taxi drivers have staged numerous strikes and protests against the lack of legislation controlling car rental services with applications like Uber.