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Uber driver chopped to death by couple who ran away with his cab – Read More

Uber driver chopped to death by couple who ran away with his cab – Read More

A couple, Farhat Ali, 34 and his partner Seema Sharma, 30 were arrested on Sunday for killing an Uber driver and robbing his cab.

The driver has been identified as Ram Govind. “The couple were arrested after they were seen in CCTV footage around the cab of the deceased driver, Ram Govind”, said Deputy Commissioner of Police Vijayanta Arya.

An FIR for a missing complaint was filed on 29th January when the victim’s wife, a resident of Shakarpur area of East Delhi told the police that her husband who worked as an Uber driver was missing.

“During investigation, we found that it was a blind case and there were no witnesses. The last ride was booked from Madangir to Kapashera from where the GPS device was found stopped”, Arya said.

“With the help of mobile surveillance, Govind’s phone was recovered and a police team found a couple moving around the cab on the Mehrauli-Gurugram Road”, she added.

“During interrogation, the duo accepted their crime. They said during the ride, the idea of robbing the car popped up. They called the driver to their house, offered him tea with sedatives. Then they strangled him to death and cut his body into small pieces and threw it in a drain in Greater Noida”, Arya further added.

The case has been filed under ‘accused dire need of money’. Police also recovered Govind’s possession from the duo.

Uber Could Soon Find Out If You’re Drunk Before Car Arrives To Pick You Up

Uber is looking at the idea of using artificial intelligence (A.I.) to determine if riders have had one beer too many, and then tailor its service accordingly.

A patent application filed by the ridesharing company this week details how A.I. could be used to detect small changes in a rider’s behavior as they use the app to request an Uber.

Titled “predicting user state using machine learning,” the patent doesn’t explicitly mention drunkenness or drug use. But its contents, which speak of “uncharacteristic user states” and “identifying a normal or abnormal state of the respective user,” suggest such matters may be at the center of the idea. Other conditions that could also conceivably lead to uncharacteristic behavior by a rider could also include extreme tiredness.

‘The system uses a computer model to identify user and trip characteristics indicative of the unusual user state.’ Uber’s AI has several ways of guessing if someone’s bongoed.

Firstly, it could use reports filed by previous drivers, which Uber refers to as ‘providers’. ‘Such monitoring and trip feedback may indicate whether a user’s state was unusual during the trip or when picked up by the provider,’ it continued.

‘The system uses the data about past trips to train a computer model to predict a user state of a user submitting a trip request.

India has a public masturbation problem? See this!!

This may sound strange but if you are a woman ask yourself these questions: Do you worry that men in public places will masturbate looking at you, even if you subtly and/or obviously try to avoid it? And whether the desire to avoid being masturbated to is a constant thrum of thought? Did you say yes? God, me too.

But isn’t it strange that while we complain about the strokers, the pokers and the feeler-uppers (sometimes even the flashers), one act of public masturbation is enough for most of us to avoid talking or even thinking about it?

Here we are, in our cramped and nosy households trying to find a quiet spot to do (what my punster middle school friends used to call) khud-khushi and while these men very desperately air their desires.

Is it that much more pleasurable to do it in public? Like eating sandwiches at a picnic as opposed to at home? But we also know that public masturbators needlessly involve us in their picnic so it can’t be pleasure alone.

FYI, cases of public masturbation can be filed under Section 354 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), which deals with “assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty”, Section 509 which deals with “gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman”, and/or Section 268, which handles cases of public nuisance.

But nowhere in the IPC or Indian law for that matter, ‘public masturbation’ is listed as a crime. Rashi Vidyasagar, a Mumbai-based criminologist said, that like all sexual crimes, targeting women to masturbate at is also about power, not sex.

Vidyasagar said the picking on strangers to masturbate at makes it easier for these men, unlike say a Harvey Weinstein who found it easier to do it at actors in business meetings.

“There might be an aspect of depersonalization on part of the man since he might not know the woman.” This gives public masturbators a peculiar pleasure. For example, voyeuristic masturbation might make them look at the woman less like a victim until they get caught.

Take the 19 October case of an Uber driver in Hyderabad who allegedly masturbated in the cab while the passenger, Uma Sharma travelled with him to the airport. He kept looking at her through the rearview mirror and masturbated while driving, while she went about talking on the phone or reading texts throughout the journey.

Sharma noticed him masturbating and confronted him. But he nonchalantly asked her “what was wrong?” as though nothing had happened. Sharma screamed, asked him to stop the vehicle and found another one to take her to the airport.

Or the other recent story by a woman about a man masturbating while staring at her niece on a train from Dehradun to Delhi on 1 October. She said, “The niece’s friend filmed the entire incident and informed the woman about what was happening. The man appeared unfazed in spite of knowing that he was being filmed for his crime.”

The woman and her niece must have been astonished before the horror set in when they first realized why exactly he was moving his hand up and down under his blanket, while watching the niece talk to her aunt.

What are men getting out of this? Vidyasagar believes that there is some amount of voyeurism working here. That for the men, not knowing these women and still getting a peek into their lives and imagining them sexually makes it is easier. Easier to not think of these women as victims, or themselves as criminals, until (surprise!) they get caught.

Uber banned in London- TFL will not renew licence

In a surprise announcement on Friday morning, Transport For London (TFL) said that “Uber’s approach and conduct demonstrate a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety and security implications”. Uber has come under further pressure in London after a union threatened legal action where the capital’s transport authority renews the taxi app’s license without guaranteeing more rights for drivers.

Uber claims it has 3.5 million users in London and 40,000 drivers. It has been operating in the capital since 2012 and has faced huge opposition from taxi drivers and other critics over their treatment.

In a legal letter sent this week, the GMB union warns Transport for London (TFL) for limiting their number in the city and the hours they can work would “breach the relevant standards of reasonableness and would accordingly be unlawful”. The GMB said, “It would apply for permission to seek a judicial review of the license agreement if TFL did not apply the new conditions.”

The union argues that Uber’s current business model in London necessitates drivers working excessive hours “to the detriment of the health and safety of  Uber drivers in London and of other road users”.

TFL further said, “Uber’s approach and conduct demonstrate a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety and security implications”.

Tom Elvidge, Uber’s general manager for London, issued a furious response saying: “3.5 million Londoners who use our app, and more than 40,000 licensed drivers who rely on Uber to make a living, will be astounded by this decision. He further said, “By wanting to ban our app from the capital Transport for London and the Mayor have caved into a small number of people who want to restrict consumer choice. If this decision stands, it will put more than 40,000 licensed drivers out of work and deprive Londoners of a convenient and affordable form of transport. To defend the livelihoods of all those drivers, and the consumer choice of millions of Londoners who use our app, we intend to immediately challenge this in the courts.”

Drivers who use Uber are licensed by Transport for London and have been through the same enhanced DBS background checks as black cab drivers. Our pioneering technology has gone further to enhance safety with every trip tracked and recorded by GPS.

Meanwhile, London mayor Sadiq Khan said: “I fully support TFL’s decision – it would be wrong if TFL continued to license Uber if there is any way that this could pose a threat to Londoners’ safety and security.”

Uber operates in more than 600 cities around the world, including more than 40 towns and cities here in the UK. This ban would show the world that, far from being open, London is closed to innovative companies who bring choice to consumers.

 

By: Aviral Nigam

Guy tweeted to Ola asking “Which is cheaper, Ola or Uber?”got the surprise of the year

Twitter is one treasure house. While it is dark and full of memes, on the other hand, it is one brilliant way to communicate and build your network. I admit I am not so much of a twitter user, but there have been so many times when I had a doubt and I ended up tweeting about it.

Similarly, A Bengaluru-based man Jeroz Nishanth tweeted that his friends with hearing loss are planning a trip from Bangalore to Mysore and asked on Twitter which cab service is cheaper, Ola or Uber by tagging them. Here’s what the tweet read, “#Help My friends with hearing loss are planning a trip from Bangalore to Mysore. Which one is cheaper @Olacabs or @Uber_India ?”

Ola is one of the most active company on social media and when they saw this message, they replied –

But he didn’t think they were serious.

This isn’t the first time Ola reaches out to their customers but we seriously admire and respect the PR skills of this company!

Watch: A 52-Year-Old Grandmother Is Riding A Scooter For Uber


Video Courtsey: Hindustan Times

A 52-year-old grandmother in Punjab is riding scooters to ferry passengers for Uber. Paramjeet Kaur joined Uber’s new bike taxi fleet to supplement her family income.

“I am quite sure that people will be nice to me and appreciate my hard work,” she told Hindustan Times in an interview.

Kaur, who reportedly lost her husband early in life, has brought up three children, and also has a car registered with the ride-hailing service. The feisty grandmother started using her scooter, which she has ridden for a decade, to pick up and drop passengers despite her family urging her to take it easy. She told the newspaper that her passengers have already commended her for taking the decision to become a bike taxi rider.

Dressed in a salwar kameez, the resident of Mohali gets paid for her rides on an hourly basis, and has a target of six rides a day. She is among the 100 new bike riders who joined Uber’s new fleet in Punjab as part of a partnership with the state government to generate more jobs.

(This report originally published in Huffington Post)

Won’t Allow Driverless Cars In India As It Takes Away Jobs Says Union Minister, Because Why Not!

India may not see driverless cars over fears that these could take away jobs, a reservation that runs counter to global experiments on such vehicles by tech and automobile giants such as Google and Mercedes.

Union road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari said on Tuesday, “We won’t allow driverless cars in India. I am very clear on this. We won’t allow any technology that takes away jobs. In a country where you have unemployment, you can’t have a technology that ends up taking people’s jobs.”

There is demand for 22 lakh commercial drivers in India at present, he said, for which the government has planned to open 100 driver training institutes across the country. “Five lakh people will get jobs over the next five years,” Gadkari claimed.

If driverless cars are the reasons for fewer job opportunities than there are millions of products which take away the jobs from people, like what’s the need of private cars it takes away the jobs from drivers or any machines in the world.

By same logic, we would’ve had millions of lift men jobs to press buttons and not allowed automatic lifts in buildings.

Incidentally, the proposed Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2017, pending in Rajya Sabha, has provisions that allow testing of such new technology. “In order to promote innovation and research and development in the fields of vehicular engineering, mechanically propelled vehicles and transportation in general, the central government may exempt certain types of mechanically propelled vehicles from the application of the provisions of this Act,” reads a clause.

Automobile experts say that although some countries have brought driverless cars on the roads to test their viability, the world in general is debating the extent to which the technology can be allowed given its impact on employment opportunities.
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Ola starts ‘net-independent’ services! Now book your cab with an SMS

The cab services which were initiated as a startup in our country have made it big! The cab services such as Ola and Uber have come up as a miracle as in India travelling is its own kind of adventure. Ola and Uber are comfy and easy to ride. The only condition is, you have internet and their app. Absence of internet already makes us feel handicapped and booking a cab without internet is unimaginable. But, Ola has now smashed this barrier!

Booking a cab via an app has become the norm for most of us, but what do you do if there’s no data connectivity where you’re waiting? Ola has an answer to that question, and on Monday sent out an email to its users to introduce Offline Booking. As per Ola’s emailed statement, if the app detects that you are offline it will prompt you to send your location via SMS to Ola, which will then send you driver details over SMS – you can then contact the driver via a phone call, just as you normally would.

In August, global rival Uber had launched a feature called Dial an Uber, which allowed you to book a cab without having to download the Uber app, but that still did not work offline – merely asked you to visit a website and enter your details. In other words, it was a good fit for the problem of low-end phones without storage to spare, but not really useful if there was no connectivity.

In contrast, Ola’s feature works fully offline – we tested the app with data switched off and the process worked very smoothly. You’ll have to send a couple of SMSes to carry this out, which you will be charged for, but if you’re stuck somewhere with poor connectivity, that won’t really be a deterrent for most people.

This works based on your registered mobile number, so it uses that information for your billing. There are no other additional charges, and you can pay by cash if you prefer, though if you have Ola Money, that will be deducted. Once you get back to a network, the app resumes normal operation.
On the other hand, Ola’s Offline Booking is not trying to tap new users – instead, it’s aimed at improving the experience for its existing customers. Irregular network coverage remains a big issue throughout even the major cities of India – it’s not uncommon to go from 4G to 2G to no-G in just a few minutes. There are situations where the connection is there, but the speed is so low that you can’t book a cab anyway. Now, you could just turn off mobile data and still be able to book a taxi when you need it.

Both companies’ features are useful, and we wouldn’t be surprised if they ‘inspire’ the other to develop a similar feature

Women who fell asleep on Uber, charged Rs 6,437 for a 5 minutes drive!

Well, it’s a possibility that a woman who fell asleep in an Uber car woke up to find she had been taken on 35-mile detour and charged £85 (Rs. 6437) for a journey that should only have taken a few minutes. Comedian Hannah Warman caught the cab to get home from a friend’s party in Stoke Newington to her home, a five-minute walk away.

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But, after she fell asleep in the back of the car, her driver appears to have taken her on a 35-mile, 90-minute trip around London. A map of her journey shows the driver heading west through Wembley and towards Ealing, before doubling back and eventually dropping her off at the destination. She told the local media: “I must’ve fallen asleep in the car. I woke up a couple of times and said ‘Why is this taking so long?’

“I think I assumed he’d got a bit lost or something but I had no idea it’d been an hour and a half. “I fell back asleep. I went straight to bed once I’d got home and I only realised what had happened the next day when I got an email receipt for my £85 Uber journey.”

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Uber have refunded the money but Ms Warman said further action was needed against the driver. She said: “After a lot of emails, Uber have refunded most of the fee but I feel like I don’t trust them anymore.

“I feel like they should reassure me that the driver was penalized or dismissed and explain how this could’ve happened.”

An Uber spokesman said: “We are speaking to the licensed driver and the rider to establish exactly what happened and have given the rider a full refund.

“Unlike other transport options Uber’s technology records every trip and sends riders a receipt with a map of the route taken. “This transparency and accountability means if there is an issue it can be quickly resolved”.

Our question to Hannah Warman, did you not play Pokémon go? Next time if you have to walk from one place to another, why don’t you catch one or two on the way , and you will save some Uber money too.

Uber soon to launch ‘Uber Hot-Air Balloons’!

Uber users in China will soon be able to travel by car, boat, or even hot air balloon. The moves come as part of the company’s new Uber+Travel venture, announced Monday by Uber China’s vice president of operations Kate Wang. Speaking at TechCrunch Shanghai, Wang also introduced a new digital magazine service called UberLIFE, which connects passengers to local events.

“This reminds us that Uber is a global service serving global citizens,” she said. “It is rooted in each of the cities.”

Uber found its users stay in its app for 90 seconds once they get in a car, according to TechCrunch. The new features let Uber take advantage of customers’ attention, and they fit into the company’s plan to grow beyond ride-hailing.

In few countries, Uber Other new initiatives have included UberEATS, an on-demand food delivery service that recently expanded to London. Uber also leases short-term housing to its drivers through a subsidiary, Xchange Leasing.

Hot air balloons aren’t Uber’s first foray into creative forms of transportation. The company flies Uber Chopper customers to the annual Coachella music festival in helicopters and recently brought back UberJet after a two-year hiatus. It’s also building driverless cars.

For now, Uber+Travel and UberLIFE, which will be rolled out at some point this year, are only available in China but the day is not far when Uber users in India will also be able to avail the Hot Air Balloon facility in India.