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Will drivers come back to Uber and Lyft?

Jun 1, 2021
Many ride-hailing drivers shifted to delivering food during the pandemic and aren't eager to return to transporting passengers.
Ride-hailing companies are offering new incentives to attract drivers.
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Lyft, Uber back away from autonomous cars

May 4, 2021
Lyft announced last week it was selling its self-driving car unit to Toyota, and Uber sold its self-driving business in December.
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Both passengers and drivers are feeling better about ride-sharing

Apr 13, 2021
Uber just had its best month ever. "We're seeing ride demand track closely with vaccination rates," Lyft's president told us.
More and more people getting vaccinated and having places to go, and they need some way to get there.
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Uber and Lyft dole out cash to get drivers back on the road

Apr 8, 2021
Ride-hail companies are trying to bounce back from their current driver shortage. Many drivers think it's safer to deliver food than drive people.
Many gig workers, Uber and Lyft drivers included, still fear for their health as they drive passengers around.
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Who gets "deactivated"?

Mar 29, 2021
App-based gig workers for Amazon, Uber, Lyft and more. Here's how it works.
An Uber Eats delivery worker riding an electric scooter in New York City in March.
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Uber to give U.K. drivers minimum wage, retirement plan and more

Uber's regional general manager said payment for these added benefits won't come from higher fees for passengers.
In this photo illustration, a closeup of an Uber app is seen on an iPhone on Feb. 19, 2021 in Cardiff, Wales.
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U.K. top court gives Uber drivers benefits in landmark ruling

Feb 19, 2021
Uber drivers in Britain should be classed as “workers” and not self-employed, the U.K. Supreme Court ruled Friday.
An Uber sticker on a car during a protest by ride-share drivers in 2020. How ride-share and other gig workers are classified remains controversial.
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What's in a name? Company titles for gig workers reveal business models.

Jan 20, 2021
"Dasher," "tasker," "driver-partner." How companies pick worker nicknames that reflect the argument that workers are contractors, not employees.
An Uber sticker on a car during a protest by ride-share drivers in 2020. How ride-share and other gig workers are classified remains controversial.
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California ballot measure keeps "gig" in gig economy

Nov 4, 2020
Prop 22 bypasses a state law that would have reshaped the gig economy.
A ride share driver participates in a protest against Proposition 22 in August in Los Angeles, California.
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Gig companies throw lots of cash -- and tech -- at California ballot measure

Oct 26, 2020
The ballot initiative in California would allow companies like Uber and Lyft to keep classifying workers as contractors.
A ride-share driver holds up a sign urging Californians to vote "no" on Prop 22 in Oakland, California, on Oct. 9, 2020.
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