Uber drivers accused of scamming riders into paying surge prices
Uber is a convenient and normally quite cheap way of getting from A to B, but they haven't been without their controversies.
The most recent being that certain drivers are gaming the system in order to trigger surge pricing and get more money for each passenger.
In a study conducted by Warwick University and New York University, it was found that groups of drivers in New York and London had been turning off their app at the same time, which makes the algorithm think there is a high demand and less drivers.
Then, when they all turn it back on, they can charge passengers more.
The study used data from London and New York Uber drivers, and from a chatroom of uber drivers, analysing over 1,000 different posts.
Uber have hit back, though, saying,
'This behaviour is neither widespread or permissible on the Uber app, and we have a number of technical safeguards in place to prevent it from happening.'
Hmmm. They're never far from drama are that company. And they only ever have one response: