The San Francisco based ride service Uber has experienced explosive growth since its founding in 2009 and the growing popularity of the service has prompted a backlash from taxi organizations in many its operating regions across the globe.
The company which is valued at over $60 billion has been suffering a barrage of attacks and criticisms about its modus operandi. From accusations of blatantly flouting laws governing taxis, to benefitting from allegedly stolen data, Uber’s executives and legal team are bracing themselves for a tough time ahead.
TechMoran reports that several factors have led the taxi hailing company straight to war. The prejudiced corporate culture in the organization is the first threat towards the company success. Susan Fowler, a reliability engineer at Uber quit her job in December 2016 because she claims of sexual harassment. She noted that since she joined Uber in November 2015, the number of female personnel has dropped from 25 percent to a meager less than 6 percent. This can be attributed to the sexism that seems to plague the tech giant.
Secondly, Uber has been using software called Greyball a software that uses geolocation, credit card and other data from users to identify and side step authorities who are investigating Uber for breaking the law in areas where the ride-hailing service is not approved by law or banned altogether. Perhaps the Greyball program was created with the intention of protecting drivers from violent attacks in countries like France, India and Kenya but it has allegedly been used to evade law enforcement officers which makes its legality not only a grey area but also brings to the fore other ethical issues.
Finally, The ride shring company was sued by google after alleges that Uber is using technology stolen from Waymo, Google‘s self-driving car program, to grow its autonomous car program. .However if Google can proved that Uber’s LiDAR technology was stolen intellectual property, the Uber faces a suit that could potentially cost it millions or billions of dollars