Uber launches effort to help drivers find other work during coronavirus crisis

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The Work Hub can be used to find gigs with Uber Eats, Uber Freight, or over a dozen other companies

Demand for ride-hailing in cities is down severely due to the coronavirus pandemic, and as such, drivers are struggling to find work. Uber is rolling out a new feature for drivers that is designed to help them find work during this crisis — even if that work is for a different company.

Uber drivers received an email on Monday announcing a new feature in the driver app called the Work Hub designed to help drivers earn money with the company’s other ventures. Drivers can use the Hub to receive orders through Uber Eats; haul freight with the company’s trucking business, Uber Freight; pick up a shift with Uber’s temporary worker program, Uber Works; or respond to an opening from over a dozen other companies that are looking to hire.

Like most shared transportation services, Uber has seen a precipitous drop in ridership as a result of the pandemic. The company’s gross bookings in Seattle, a city hit hard by COVID-19, is down by 60 to 70 percent, and Uber is assuming similar declines in other big cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York City. The virus has cut Uber’s overall business by as much as 50 percent, according to The Information.

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America’s massive trucker shortage and why it’s only getting worse

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The biggest issue is a problem of supply and demand.

Drivers don’t like big rigs on the highways because of their intimidating size and slow speed. Semis are absolutely vital to moving goods around the country. But, the US is on the road to a major trucking crisis. A recent analysis from Business Insider finds that we aren’t producing nearly enough new drivers to fill all the needed seats. By 2022, the shortfall could reach 239,000 people.

 

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Here’s why automakers want 4G technology in cars

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Automakers are counting on the connected car.

Today’s cars are trying to replicate the smartphone experience. Touchscreen interfaces are common. Dashboard designers take UI tips from iPhones, and automakers want to build apps for cars. Large automakers like General Motors are taking the next obvious step and integrating 4G LTE service into their cars starting this year. Drivers pay a monthly service fee for in-car 4G that’s separate from their smartphones, and use it for an array of services from movies for kids in the backseat to sophisticated GPS-on-steroids solutions. It’s a win-win for automakers, the dealers who sell the 4G add-ons, and carriers like AT&T. But is it a win for consumers?

 

 

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One-third of San Francisco’s registered cab drivers ditch taxis for Uber, Lyft, or Sidecar

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Lyft drivers sport “carstaches” on their vehicles while on duty.

San Francisco is where Uber and Lyft got their starts and resistance to these services seems futile. One third of taxi cab drivers in San Francisco have ditched their registered cabs and are now working for Uber, Lyft, or Sidecar, according to Fortune.

 

 

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Uber teams with GM and Toyota to help 100k drivers buy cars to get more Ubers on the road

The expansion means hundreds of thousands more cars must come onto the Uber system.

To overcome its growing pains, Uber has come up with a brilliant new strategy. Uber is launching a pilot program to finance new cars. The company is partnering with GM, Toyota, and financial institutions to offer 100,000 driversreduced monthly car payments, in an effort get more Uber drivers on the road.

 

 

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The future of in-car connectivity

While driving we can get connected to the world through the internet.

Everyday the world of automotive technology changes.  Companies are designing very advanced in-car technology that needs to be secure but also easily usable to their customers.  Now a days big automobile brands introduce the internet facility  and secure navigation systems in cars. This is very beneficial to the consumers.

 

 

 

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Dangerous trend in marijuana acceptance amid teen drivers

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Study reflects a dangerous trend toward the acceptance of marijuana and other substances compared to two years ago.

A growing number of teens do not see marijuana use as a distraction while driving.  Nearly one in five (19%) say they have gotten behind the wheel after smoking pot, a study reported Wednesday. Thirteen percent of teens report driving under the influence of alcohol.

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Car seat sensors ID drivers by their rear ends

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Pressure-sensing seat

Hilarity quickly ensues when Larry David calls out “I’d know that tush anywhere!” When your car says it – or at least, thinks it – the result is the engine starting and personal comfort preferences like climate control and seat positioning being remembered and activated, hands free. It’s still sort of hilarious, of course, but you can’t deny the security or the practicality inherent in the concept.

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NTSB urges states ban all cellphone use by drivers

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A sign in Havre, Mont., notifies drivers of the city’s handheld cellphone ban, which took effect in October.

The National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday called for a ban on all cellphone use by drivers saying its decision was based on a decade of investigations into distraction-related accidents, as well as growing concerns that powerful mobile devices are giving drivers even more reasons to look away from the road.  This is the most far-reaching such recommendation to date.

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Fort Collins, Colorado has nation’s safest drivers: study

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Second year in a row Fort Collins takes top honors.

The Allstate Insurance Company has released its seventh annual “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report™.” The report ranks America’s 200 largest cities in terms of car collision frequency to identify which cities have the safest drivers, according to Allstate claim data.

 

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Growing number of Americans struggle to keep their cars on the road

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“Many Americans rely on their cars for their livelihood, and losing access to them could be financially devastating.”

Margaret McCormick’s 2001 Toyota Celica has been sitting in the parking lot of her condo complex for the past four months.  She can’t afford to fix the flat tire and broken transmission.

 

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