Plane Crashes That Changed Aviation and How Uber Drivers Game Surge Pricing

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  1. And why shouldn’t they

    “Research finds that “Uber drivers gang up to cause surge pricing””

    There is information asymmetry in the marketplace. A company has a lot more information about the market than an individual driver. Each individual driver is at a disadvantage.

  2. •Is the Essential Air Service program a boondoggle, or a bipartisan boondoggle?

    It’s very easy to spend other peoples money. Thus, a boondoggle.

  3. Uber’s pricing has turned into something akin Amazon-style “dynamic pricing”. I take some routes on a weekly basis, and the price varies without explanation or any kind of “surge” notice. It’s still very affordable, though.

  4. Uber said: “This behaviour is neither widespread or permissible on the Uber app, and we have a number of technical safeguards in place to prevent it from happening.”

    Mmmmhhhmmmmmm sure you do. Just like Donny gonna prevent NK from going nuc-u-lar. Oh wait, that happened too. Snap.

  5. I haven’t taken Uber in many months. I’m back to using cabs. Uber lost it’s appeal and advantage.

  6. Uber is a rip off. Its prices are higher than cabs. Uber drivers tend to be unemployed (otherwise). Last time I used Uber the driver lived in his car, and used showers provided at DCA taxi garage.

    You don’t know what you are getting with an Uber driver. To each his own.

  7. that uber “drivers gaming surge” “study” appears to be based on some message board posts that say “hey guys let’d do this”. that’s evidence of intent on some drivers, not that it actually works. i suppose we can go look at some message boards and prove every conspiracy theory known to man..

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