Who founded it?
A: Garrett Camp, a computer programmer and the co-founder of StumbleUpon, and Travis Kalanick, who had sold his Red Swoosh startup for $19 million in
On New Year's Eve, after Camp and his friends spent $800 hiring a private driver, Camp wanted to find a way to do what?
A: Reduce the cost of direct transportation.
He realized that sharing the cost with people could make it what?
A: Affordable, and his idea morphed into Uber.
Kalanick joined Camp and gives him what?
A: "full credit for the idea" of Uber.
The first prototype was built by Camp and his friends, Oscar Salazar and Conrad Whelan, with Kalanick being brought on as a what?
A: "mega advisor" to the company.
Following a beta launch in May 2010, where did Uber's services and mobile app officially launch?
A: In San Francisco in 2011.
Originally, the application only allowed users to hail a what?
A: A black luxury car and the price was 1.5 times that of a taxi.
In February 2010, who became the first Uber employee, getting the job by responding to a tweet from Kalanick announcing the job opening, and receiving 5–10% of the company?
A: Ryan Graves.
Graves started out as general manager and shortly after the launch was named as what?
After ten months who succeeded Graves as CEO in December 2010?
Graves stepped down to become what?
A: The company's COO.
In 2011, the company changed its name from UberCab to what?
A: Uber, after complaints from San Francisco taxi operators.
The company's early hires included a nuclear physicist, a computational neuroscientist, and a machinery expert who worked on what?
A: Predicting demand for private hire
car drivers and where demand is highest.
In April 2012, in Chicago, Uber launched a service where users were able to do what?
A: Request a regular taxi or an Uber driver via its mobile app.
In July 2012, the company introduced UberX, a service option which allows people to do what?
A: To drive for Uber using non-luxury vehicles, subject to a background check, registration requirement, and car standards.
At first, rates were similar to those of what?
They were 35% cheaper than what?
By early 2013, the service was operating in how many cities?
Starting in April 2013, Uber allowed drivers to use their personal vehicles as part of what?
Rates were quickly lowered, which caused some dissatisfaction among who?
A: UberBLACK and taxi drivers, whose earnings decreased as a result of the increased competition at lower rates.
In August 2014, after a beta testing phase in the San Francisco Bay Area, Uber launched what?
A: UberPOOL, a carpooling service.
In November 2014, where did the service launch?
A: In Paris.
In December 2014, where did UberPool launch?
A: In New York City.
In October 2015, where did UberPool launch?
A: In Washington, D.C.
In December 2015, where did UberPool launch?
A: In London.
In June 2016, where did UberPool launch?
A: In Singapore.
In September 2016, where did UberPool launch?
A: In Delaware.
In April 2018, where did UberPool launch?
A: In Sydney.
In June 2018, where did UberPool launch?
A: In Melbourne.
In early 2015, the company hired many researchers from the robotics department of Carnegie Mellon University and established what?
A: Uber's Advanced Technologies Center to develop self-driving cars.
On September 14, 2016, Uber launched its first self-driving car services to select customers where?
A: In Pittsburgh.
On December 14, 2016, where did Uber begin using self-driving Volvo XC90 SUVs?
A: In its hometown of San Francisco.
On December 21, 2016, the California Department of Motor Vehicles did what?
A: It revoked the registration of the 16 vehicles Uber was using for the test and forced the program to cease operations in California.
Uber then moved the program to where?
A: Arizona, where the cars are picking up passengers.
In March 2017, an Uber self-driving car was flipped on its side by what?
A: A vehicle which failed to yield.
By October Uber moved from two test drivers to one despite what?
A: Some employees' safety concerns.
In November 2017, Uber announced a non-binding plan to do what?
A: To buy up to 24,000 Volvo XC90 SUV vehicles designed to accept autonomous technology between 2019 and 2021.
In 2016, Uber and Volvo announced that they planned to collaborate on what?
A: The design and financing of autonomous cars.
Riders are quoted the fare that they will pay before what?
A: Requesting the ride.
Uber uses a dynamic pricing model; prices vary based on projected
time and distance as well as what?
A: 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 what?
A: 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, the rider is given the option to do what?
A: Provide a gratuity to the driver, which is also billed to the rider's payment method.
Some features such as scheduling rides in advance, tipping, and rating scores are unavailable without what?
A: The app.
Waiting fees apply after how long?
A: Two minutes.
Uber drivers are notified if the ride will be excessively long before what?
A: Accepting the ride, and rides to/from a distant remote area may be hard to find.
Drivers who do take passengers to these areas may have difficulty in what?
A: Finding a fare for the trip back.
What service does UberASSIST provide?
A: Additional assistance to
senior citizens and passengers with a physical disability, but cannot transport a non-folding wheelchair.
What service does UberAUTO, available in India and Pakistan, provide?
A: Transportation by auto rickshaw.
Uber Bike is a dockless bicycle-sharing system that allows users to rent what?
A: Electric bicycles via Uber subsidiary Jump Bikes in 9 metropolitan areas in the United States.
Uber users are also able to rent Lime scooters in 46 cities via what?
A: The Uber mobile app.
UberBLACK provides what?
A: A black luxury vehicle
What is UberBOAT?
A: A water-taxi service that provides speedboats in the summer to/from points on the coast of Croatia.