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Struggling Kenyan Uber drivers in fear of rising taxi competition

Struggling Kenyan Uber drivers in fear of rising taxi competition

Technology
Uber Kenya, already one of the company’s most affordable services in the world, charges a minimum fare of $2.90. The company announced in April  that it will be introducing an even cheaper service at half that price, $1.45, by allowing its drivers to use much older, lower-quality cars. The San francisco based company has quickly expanded across parts of Africa, where it is seen by those signing up as drivers — or “partners” in the Uber lingo — as a rare job opportunity on a continent with stubbornly high levels of unemployment. But the service has stirred debate over how low fares should go, and the company has faced a series of strikes from South Africa to Lagos. This month, drivers in Lagos, Nigeria’s biggest city, went on strike after fares were slashed by 40 percent. Faced with
Uber cuts price by 40% in Lagos

Uber cuts price by 40% in Lagos

Technology
Uber Nigeria has dropped rates on UberX in Lagos by up to 40%, to offer an affordable and convenient option for Nigerians to move around. Speaking about the increase, Alon Lits, General Manager at Uber Sub-Saharan Africa said: “We always consider driver economics in each city that they operate in and after years of experience, what we‘ve seen in cities across the world is that lower fares mean greater demand, lower pickup times and more trips per hour — increasing earning potential and creating better economics for drivers.” This means that not only will riders pay less for their trips but driver-partners will earn more through increased demand. According to the company, “Riders can expect the same quality experience at a more affordable price and driver-partners should also earn th
Uber Kenya to Introduce Low Cost Product service

Uber Kenya to Introduce Low Cost Product service

Technology
Uber currently has only one category of product in the Kenyan market, UberX , a private car service that is the basic product in most markets. After several price wars in Kenya ,  it’s now cheaper to ride with Little with the Basic option and the impact must have been felt. The price wars sometime back had Uber and Little battling to see who could give the lowest rates to riders. And it was going well till Uber drivers went on strike demanding a review of the fares.  Shortly after, the company yielded & increased their prices. This left Little swinging as the winner in the market. Uber has now announced that they are introducing a new product and with it comes new car types allowed onto the system. They are encouraging the small and old cars they had rejected earlier (Hatchbacks an
Google Maps now lets you get an Uber without leaving the app

Google Maps now lets you get an Uber without leaving the app

Technology
Google Maps is a great tool for getting directions to just about anywhere, but with a new update rolling out to Android and iOS users, you’ll also be able to use it to tell someone else where you need to go. Thanks to a tighter integration with Uber, users are now able to book, pay, and track your rides without having to leave Google Maps. Google announced the update on Thursday in a blog post, explaining that Maps users need only to sign in to their existing  account (or create one) in order to book an Uber ride, track the driver on the map, and connect with the driver, all from within the Maps app. When a user types in a destination, they are to tap the taxi-hailing icon to get a list of times and prices from both Uber and Lyft. The difference is that now when they select on
Uber now tracks user’s location after drop off

Uber now tracks user’s location after drop off

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Uber is the most used ride sharing app around the globe. The app’s latest update allows it to track user location . This clearly means that Uber will now know a user’s location even if they are dropped off a distance from the final destination and know where they end up after they leave the car. The change in location data gathering is quite apparent — after the update is completed, Uber prompts users to accept the new policy by enabling their phones to make the change. According to Uber, the change in data collection is to improve pickups, drop-offs, customer service and to enhance safety. Before the new update, the company only collected data while a user was interacting with the app and while the app was in the foreground and visible. After a user accepts to update the app, the