Uber, for example, handed out nearly 6,700 pink slips worldwide in the month of May alone
If the drivers aren't Uber employees, who are these thousands of people that Uber employs?
Transport for London (TfL) has refused to renew the licence of the Indian ridesharing startup Ola, after the discovery of what it described as "potential public safety consequences". The authority identified several issues in Ola’s operations, including what TfL claimed was the use of unlicensed drivers and cars in over 1,000 …
Plus a bunch of developers. And all the people involved in their self-
crashingdriving car program. The one they put out on the road for testing with no emergency braking system. Not that it mattered, the software was so shit that it didn't stop for stuff it couldn't identify - so it ploughed straight into that cyclist without even triggering the alarm buzzer that they'd replaced the computer's control of the brakes with.
"...the app has features like “start codes” that allow passengers to ensure they’re in the right vehicle. You could reasonably question how useful those codes are, if TfL's reckoning is correct that some vehicles in their fleet didn’t even have a proper licence."
Bro 1: "Hey guys! I've come up with this great idea, I call it a start code! You could assign everyone a unique code, so that people can know that they have the right vehicle."
Bro 2: "I have an even better idea! So that you don't have to go up to the car to find out, why not display the start code on the exterior of the car, so you can see it from a distance?"
Because number plates are 100% reliable and cloned plates aren't a huge problem with criminals....
I'm assuming the start code would work as a one time token the driver tells you before you get in? It could be anything, but something like a famous spy movie quote could add an air of mystery to every journey :)
I don't recall hearing about a lot of problems with people showing up in cars that have a clone of the plate for the rideshare you called for. Uber normally shows up in less than 5 minutes (in every major city I've visited, if you live in a rural area I'm sure it takes longer). Intercepting that would be pretty difficult.
Pub/club kicks out, several vehicles turn up, drunk folk fall in, it's only later they realise they're in the wrong vehicle. See it happen a lot, driver asks if you're $accountholder, "yeah mate" and jump in.
I suspect the token is supposed to work the other way around, the passenger gives the driver the code, so the latter knows he has the right dribbling mess on board.
"I suspect the token is supposed to work the other way around, the passenger gives the driver the code, so the latter knows he has the right dribbling mess on board."
Nope, I checked and it's a four-digit code the passenger sets and the driver gives over. So absolutely no greater protection than the number plate.
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