U.S. judge says Uber drivers are not company's employees

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"Better understanding curb utilization can help cities around the world prepare for a future where more and more of us are accessing transportation through a combination of shared modes, rather than relying on our own vehicles", said Khosrowshahi.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, D, used a similar approach when he levied a 15-cent additional fee on ride-hailing trips to fund a Chicago Transit Authority modernization plan.

Uber revealed that in 2016 it has paid a "researcher" $100,000 to destroy the information and fed the payment through its bug bounty program. The drivers work when they want to and are free to nap, run personal errands, or smoke cigarettes in between rides, Baylson said.

"They are a neutral party", said Khosrowshahi.

"We know that there's more we can do for the cities in which we operate", Joyce added.

"We are starting a strategy where we are going to double down on Uber becoming more than just a ridesharing company".

Uber is also upgrading its driver screening process.

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In his comments on the panel, Khosrowshahi described how proposals such as Bowser's could affect startups, which rely on large sums of venture capital to subsidize their fares, by hampering their growth.

The Seattle city council is now considering raising the base fare for Uber and Lyft rides, as a way to boost driver pay. That's why we want to provide alternatives to personal auto ownership by bringing together multiple modes of transportation right in our app.

It's been a busy week for Uber, who have also announced the extension of Uber Bike (booking of pedal-assist electric bike directly from the Uber app) pilot from San Francisco into Washington DC and the launch of Uber Rent (a auto rental programme, also done through the Uber app). "And you'll be able to pay for the services in your Uber app", he added.

Peddling pedals: Earlier this week the firm also revealed that it had acquired the dockless-bike firm Jump.

Uber took another step toward becoming the king of mobility-on-demand on Wednesday by integrating electric bicycle rental, public transit, and auto sharing into its mobile app. That service will be offered beginning later this month - but only in San Francisco for now, Uber said. A range of vehicle types will be available for users, and cars can be rented for as short as an hour or for days.

Meanwhile, the revised settlement also threatens Uber with civil penalties if it fails to notify the FTC of future security breaches involving consumer information.

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