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Uber now lets you book a ride for $50 an hour

As rides have plummeted during the coronavirus pandemic, Uber is looking for new ways to turn a profit.


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Uber is now letting passengers use its service on an hourly basis. The ride-hailing company announced Friday a new feature called “hourly booking” that lets people schedule a trip for $50 per hour for up to seven hours at a time.

Typically, people hail an Uber when they need to get from one place to another. But Uber says with hourly booking, customers can do several errands or take an excursion. There are some caveats, like no rides to and

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Uber says 158,000 drivers will lose work if they’re reclassified as employees

Uber said it would limit the number of its drivers in California if it has to classify them as employees.


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Uber has been crunching data and came up with an internal analysis on what would happen if it reclassified its California drivers as employees. According to the company, passengers could expect to see prices go up 20% to 120% and tens of thousands of drivers might be out of work.

Of Uber’s 209,000 drivers in the state, the company said 76% could lose their jobs on the ride-hailing platform. Rural areas would be hit hardest by these cutbacks,

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Uber has paid out $19 million in aid to drivers, but it’s not enough

Uber is giving money to some of its drivers as ridership decreases, but most are getting nothing.


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Times are tough for ride-hailing companies, which means things are likely twice as tough for their drivers who depend on the income from driving. Uber, a company notorious for fighting tooth and nail to keep its drivers from becoming classified as employees, announced on Thursday that it spent $19 million on coronavirus relief for drivers around the world — half of which went to workers

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Uber cuts 3,000 more jobs, closes offices around the world


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For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO website.

Less than two weeks after laying off thousands of employees, ride-hailing company Uber on Monday is cutting about 3,000 more jobs and closing or consolidating around 40 offices. The moves, which were reported earlier by The Wall Street Journal, are part of the company’s attempt to deal with the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic

“Given the dramatic impact of the pandemic, and the unpredictable nature of any eventual recovery, we are concentrating our efforts on our core mobility

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