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High gasoline prices take toll on gig economy drivers

Mar 23, 2022
A survey found more than half of drivers have either reduced their hours or quit in response to rising fuel costs.
Rising gas prices are cutting into the earnings of gig economy drivers.
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Gig workers pay a human price for being managed by algorithms

Dec 23, 2021
From erroneous terminations to racially biased facial recognition tech, what happens when the robot gets it wrong?
From erroneous terminations to racially biased facial recognition software, a new report from the nonprofit advocacy group Worker Info Exchange details the hidden issues with popular gig economy apps.
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San Francisco taxi drivers still struggle with medallion debt

Oct 27, 2021
Uber and Lyft jolted the taxi business. A credit union that loaned money to drivers lost its case against the city's transit agency.
Taxi driver Ali Alikhani at San Francisco International Airport in February 2020. He said he has used his Social Security to help him make payments on his taxi medallion.
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Uber and Lyft face old rivals: taxis

Oct 4, 2021
Ride-hailing fares have continued to increase in certain cities, giving traditional taxis more of a chance than they've had in years.
The taxi industry now has its own apps and pricing has become competitive with Lyft and Uber.
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How ride-hailing accelerates climate change

Sep 24, 2021
A new study finds companies like Uber and Lyft may be a hazard to the planet because of "deadheading."
An Uber waits for a client. A new study found that the driving done between customers, known as "deadheading," increases the ride-hail industry's carbon emissions.
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Uber, Lyft drivers and the vaccine

Aug 4, 2021
As the delta variant makes riders reconsider hopping in a car with a stranger, ride-sharing firms won’t impose mandates on driverss.
An Uber driver checks his phone. With drivers in short supply, ride-hailing firms have chosen not to require them to be vaccinated.
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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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