Uber Technologies Inc. (doing business as Uber) is a peer-to-peer ridesharing, taxi cab, food delivery, and transportation network company headquartered in San Francisco, California, with operations in 785 metropolitan areas worldwide. Its platforms can be accessed via its websites and mobile apps. Uber has been prominent in the sharing economy, so much so that the changes in industries as a result of it have been referred to as Uberisation. Uber has also been the subject of protests and legal actions and the subject of a criminal investigation for its use of Greyball. The name "Uber" is a reference to the common (and somewhat colloquial) word "uber", meaning "topmost" or "super", and having its origins in the German word ?ber, cognate with "over", meaning "above"
Riders are quoted the fare that they will pay before requesting the ride. Uber uses a dynamic pricing model; prices vary based on projected time and distance as well as the time of day and the supply and demand for rides at the time the ride is requested. At the end of the ride, payment is made based on the rider's pre-selected preferences, which could be a credit card on file, Google Pay, Apple Pay, cash, or, in India, Airtel mobile wallet, or Unified Payments Interface. After the ride is over, in the United States, the rider is given the option to provide a gratuity to the driver, which is also billed to the rider's payment method. Rides from an urban area to a distant remote area could effectively be one-way only (unless the turnaround time is short, and the driver gives consent). Waiting fees apply after two minutes.
In some markets where leasing arrangements for vehicles are available, the only requirement for driving for Uber, other than appropriate age, health, car age and type, and ability to drive, is passing a background check. Both a smartphone or tablet, and a vehicle may be leased. In many cities, vehicles used by Uber drivers must pass annual safety inspections and must have an Uber emblem posted in the passenger window.
Drivers must have a smartphone. Uber drivers use their own cars although drivers can rent a car to drive with Uber.
Legislation in some cities, such as San Francisco, requires individuals who drive for Uber to also have a business license in the city in which they drive.
Uber drivers are considered independent contractors and not employees, though this has been disputed in some legal jurisdictions.
A mechanism called "Real-Time ID Check" requires some drivers to occasionally take selfies before accepting ride requests, to verify identity and prevent drivers' accounts from being compromised.
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