Uber and Lying are reportedly working together to coordinate price surges at Reagan National Airport to higher risk.
WJLA reported last week that this group effort to play the apps occurs “several times” on a nightly basis at the Arlington, Virginia airport over what drivers are the outlet are unfair wages. Under this system, according to WJLA, drivers shut down their apps at the same time, relying on flight arrival times to know when to power down.
The drivers then reportedly wait a couple of minutes as the demand hikes before powering back on the same time at the command of a driver watching the price hike using a different app. from $ 5 to $ 19 to a fare.
Uber states in any way that any attempt to game its system is considered fraud and can lead to a user's account being deactivated, be they rider or driver. Reached for comment, a spokesperson customs Gizmodo by email that the practice "is neither widespread nor permissible on the Uber platform, and we have technical safeguards in place to help prevent it from happening."
The spokesperson pointed to a 2015 article from the Washington Post about one apparent surge-manipulating system — accepting and then immediately canceling rides — that was the tactic most likely not sustainable long term. Indeed, Uber has acceptance rate and cancelation policies in place to prevent such activity. But Uber did not answer questions about the system apparently used by drivers at Reagan National Airport.
In a statement by email, a spokesperson for Lyft said the company "takes any allegations of fraudulent behavior very seriously as it violates our community guidelines and can lead to deactivation from the Lyft platform. ”The spokesperson said the company is currently in conversations with the airport about the practice.
Drivers customs WJLA that they have resorted to using the system because of falling pay, one of the Foremost reasons Uber drivers around the world go on strike in May. According to multiple studies, Uber drivers can make less than minimum wage after accounting for expenses like gas and wear and their cars.
Ahead of the global protest earlier this month, Uber drives Omar Alkhameri duty Gizmodo that the company needs to “Help drivers make their living and survive. Treat us as human beings. ”