If you want to take an Uber – anywhere in the world – for now, at least, you’re going to have to wear a mask.
Uber announced Wednesday that it will require all drivers, delivery workers and riders across the globe to cover their faces.
Beginning Monday, all passengers will be asked to sit in the back, and will be limited to 3 passengers instead of 4 on standard Uber rides.
Before starting their work each day, the app will require drivers to take a selfie with a mask, verify that they do not exhibit any coronavirus symptoms, confirm that they have sanitized their vehicles and agree to roll down windows during rides.
Failure to comply with the new requirements will lead to account deactivation for both riders and drivers.
Uber Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi on Wednesday said that the company has also allocated more than $50 million to buy masks and sanitizers for drivers.
Uber's ride-hailing service is available in more than 900 cities worldwide.
The NY Times and Business Insider report that Uber is holding acquisition talks with food delivery startup Postmates. Earlier this year Uber was reported to be holding acquisition talks with Grubhub. But those talks reportedly fell through. In mid-June Grubhub announced it was merging with Just Eat. Postmates is smaller than Grubhub, and would be more amenable to a take-over.
Just Eat Takeaway, a food-delivery service based in Europe, bought Grubhub. According to Gizmodo, while sales have spiked, operation costs have also been high. The acquisition of Grubhub makes it the largest digital food delivery service operator outside of China. Stories analyzing the deal pointed out a European deal was less likely to get blocked by antitrust regulators. Before Just Eat Takeaway acquired Grubhub, Uber wanted to also buy the food-delivery service.
Travis Kalanick is the founder of Uber. He was recently kicked out of the company. Business Insider reports that Kalanick founded CloudKitchens, a delivery-only restaurant operation. Kalanick says the company is the victim of arson. On Twitter, the company said two fires were started. They posted video evidence of the intruders. The company is worth more than $7 billion. It's funded from Kalanick's Uber wealth as well as Saudi Arabia.
Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi announced the company making a donation of $1 million. This money will go to two criminal justice reform groups “in solidarity with the Black community.” He said: “Lasting change will only come from reforming the systems that have led us to where we are today.” The donation comes after protests continue to escalate across the U.S. over the killing of Floyd George.
Uber Technologies Inc plans to focus on its core businesses in ride-hailing and food delivery. According to Reuters, the company cut 23 percent of its workforce to try and become more profitable. Chief Executive Officer Dara Khosrowshahi wrote an email to employees telling them the news. Khosrowshahi said Uber will cut 6,700 jobs and will reduce investment in “non-core projects.” Shares for Uber were up 6.9 percent to $34.69 after the announcement.
Uber will concentrate on its core businesses in ride-hailing and food delivery and cut 23% of its workforce in an attempt to become profitable despite the coronavirus pandemic, Chief Executive Officer Dara Khosrowshahi said in an email to employees on Monday. This report produced by Yahaira Jacquez.