Becoming an Uber driver involves going through an application process and verifying ownership of a car with proper insurance. A prospective Uber driver must have a valid driver's license and must pass a background check through the Department of Motor Vehicles.Continue Reading
Uber is a transportation service that allows people to request a ride through a smart phone app. The app sends the request to the nearest available Uber driver, who takes the rider to the destination. Uber drivers use their own cars and work when they want. They are not required to adhere to a schedule. Drivers are paid each week by direct deposit.
Upon completion of a ride, the fare is automatically billed to the customers' credit card, with no option to tip except with cash. At times of high demand, such as New Year's Eve or in unfavorable weather, Uber prices increase to engage more drivers.
Uber started in San Francisco in 2010. The company has met with opposition in countries around the world, including the United States, from municipal transportation agencies and taxi drivers organizations. In response to a cease-and-desist letter from the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency in 2011, the company changed its name from UberCab to Uber. Various actions against Uber continue as of 2014.Learn more about Career Aspirations