It’s hardly surprising that Uber faces lawsuits because the novel service takes the bread from many professional drivers. When technological progress is applied, it often produces social distress. Technological unemployment is the scariest prospect of today’s workers. You never know when it might hit you and which branch will be next. Even reporters have some serious reasons of distress as a couple of media outlets are testing robotic writing of recurring events. Usually, though, it touches manual workers first and low skilled workers generally. As soon as a process can be broken down into repetitive and predictable actions, an algorithm will be assembled to run the appropriate hardware.
Driving has long been a target of automatisation, mainly because of the dangers entailed by human drivers who are prone to making errors and victims. Tesla and Google are the pioneers of a revolutionary wave in personal transportation. Google’s driverless car will hit the road very, very soon. Until then we will be able to enjoy Android Car right this year and Apple CarPlay right thereafter.
Uber faces lawsuits claiming unfair competition
In the meantime, Uber, the five years old app, stirs controversy around the world. Uber is a transportation service company that connects people two different types of rides, one is represented by drivers who can be hired, the other – by regular drivers who want to share their ride. Now, the company recently valued at $18.2 billion, is being sued by taxi companies for producing unfair competition on the transportation market.
Uber system works similarly to taxi apps, but with a very important difference. A user makes a ride request through the app, the software computes the fair rate and the user makes the payment directly online. The taxi drivers around the world are frustrated because Uber does not comply with the legislation on transportation. The taximeter is the core characteristic of the taxis and is highly regulated and taxed. London based taxi companies filed a case against Uber, but the court ruled in Uber’s favor. What turned the tide, according to BussinesWeek, is Uber’s new program from 2012. Through UberX, nonprofessional drivers can make money by sharing their rides, in a move resembling Airbnb, the service allowing people to rent their homes for various periods.
In a statement partially published in Techtimes, we learn that “TfL’s view is that smart phones that transmit location information (based on GPS data) between vehicles and operators, have no operational or physical connection with the vehicles, and receive information about fares which are calculated remotely from the vehicle, are not taximeters within the meaning of the legislation,”
Uber faces lawsuits in U.S. too. More than 30 cab companies in Maryland joined forces and filed a lawsuit against Uber as well. Uber’s near future appears to be plagued by legal battles, as the company is present in almost 40 countries.