Another tech giant is now stepping up to help delivery workers access safe e-bikes amid a scourge of deadly fires linked to faulty lithium-ion batteries — a week after Uber unveiled two trade-in programs to swap out bad power packs.
The San Francisco-based tech giant, which so far has remained relatively silent on an issue that has blazed through the city, is helping fund the two separate pilot programs both aimed at improving access to safe e-bikes and batteries.
The world's largest ride-hailing company sent a notice to their New York City-area customers, asking them to "say no to increased fares" and suggested that congestion pricing might mean "you could pay more than $30 — in just taxes and fees."
For all the bad news about transit system, one state’s app-based ride-hailing companies are having an even harder year, with surging prices, moribund ridership, and an expensive legal blunder that sank an $18-million lobbying campaign.
The Uber leak revealed the ruthless quest the company undertook to achieve its car-dependent vision for the future of city transportation — but that vision itself deserves just as much censure as the app-taxi giant's bare-knuckle tactics, advocates say.