Arianna Huffington Joins Uber’s Board of Directors

Today, I’m excited to announce that Arianna Huffington will join Uber’s board. For those of us who know Arianna, it’s clear she knows a thing or two about being an entrepreneur. As the founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, she’s built one of the most successful, innovative media companies in the world… from scratch. […]

We’re piloting two new features to make the Uber experience more productive (and less stressful!) for drivers and their passengers in Dallas, New Jersey, New York, and Phoenix.

This summer, you can request a ride and may receive a pair of tickets to one of the 22 Queen Bey shows around the U.S., courtesy of American Express, the Tour’s presenting partner. Learn more now.

Today we’re releasing Fuel Finder, a new feature within the driver app that makes it easy to check prices and navigate to the nearest gas station. Learn more.

Growing and growing up

Today we announced a settlement in two important class-action lawsuits: O’Connor (California) and Yucesoy (Massachusetts). The key issue at stake in both cases is whether drivers using the Uber app should be classified as independent contractors or employees. Drivers value their independence—the freedom to push a button rather than punch a clock, to use Uber and Lyft simultaneously, to drive most of the week or for just a few hours. That’s why we are so pleased that this settlement recognizes that drivers should remain as independent contractors, not employees. That said, as Uber has grown—over 450,000 drivers use the app each month here in the U.S.—we haven’t always done a good job working with drivers. For example, we don’t have a policy explaining when and how we bar drivers from using the app, or a process to appeal these decisions. At our size that’s not good enough. It’s time to change.

This Earth Day discover the history of slug lines and how innovative products like uberPOOL are making an impact in cities around the world by getting more people into fewer cars.

Uber Teams Up with Communication Service for the Deaf to Expand Work Opportunities for Deaf Drivers

While the unemployment rate in the U.S. is now below 5%, most people who are deaf or hard of hearing still struggle to find work. Unemployment and underemployment among the deaf and hard of hearing is around 70%. Here at Uber, we have added unique product features to make it easier for these men and women to drive on our platform. Today we’re taking the next step by partnering with the Communication Service for the Deaf (CSD), the largest Deaf-led nonprofit in the United States.

$500 is Heading to 100 Lucky Drivers

We teamed up with our friends at MasterCard to reward partner Fuel Card holders with a $500 prize for putting their card into overdrive during the month of August. Check out the 100 winners!

#WhyIDrive: Instagram Takeover

This week, three driver-partners from Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco are taking over our Instagram account to show us why they drive. Jump in the front seat with them as they take us on an unforgettable ride.

The Effects of Uber’s Surge Pricing

Today, we are releasing a case study of how riders and drivers respond to surge. We looked at patterns during two examples in New York: one during a surge interruption on New Year’s Eve, and the other on the night of a sold-out-concert at Madison Square Garden, when surge worked as intended. We found that, without surge pricing, Uber is not really Uber — you can’t push a button and get a ride in minutes.

Uber Expands Partnership with SafetiPin to Enhance Safety Around the World

We are excited to announce an expanded global partnership with SafetiPin, a map-based mobile safety app that gives users tools to make safer and smarter decisions regarding where and when they travel throughout a given city. Uber enters this partnership in the spirit of helping enhance the safety of cities globally, including up to 50 cities in Africa, South America and Asia.

Celebrating the Parents Who Move Our Communities, In Every Way

Over the past few weeks as back-to-school season ramps up, Uber teams across the country hosted community events celebrating parents who drive with Uber, along with their families. Whether they drive most days, a few hours a week, or only now and then, the unique flexibility parents have with Uber can be a game changer.

Uber + HackingEDU: Gaining Momentum in Education

Back in March, we announced a partnership with the University of Maryland to support student-generated innovations. Today, we’re excited to expand that effort by teaming up with HackingEDU.

Europe, You’ve Moved Us

We’ve seen a humanitarian crisis unfold across Europe in recent weeks and months. Around the world, we’ve all been moved by the stories of thousands of refugees. At Uber, we want to do our bit to help – and help in a way that only Uber can.

The Next Generation of Women Engineers

The next generation of engineers and coders are brimming with ideas for new apps, competitive startups, and social good concepts. This week, Uber’s New York City office hosted a group of aspiring young women entrepreneurs and heard their well-prepared pitches for apps relating to food, safety, news, transportation, and education.

On The Road with Above & Beyond

We recently hit the road with Paavo and Jono of British DJ group Above & Beyond as they were on their way to headline Electric Zoo in New York City. Read on for the inside scoop and to hear some insights from these seasoned musicians on how to be successful.

Uber and Carnegie Mellon University: A Deeper Partnership

Today, we are excited to announce that Uber will give $5.5M to support a new robotics faculty chair as well as three fellowships at CMU. This gift is part of a partnership we announced earlier this year. In addition, we’re pumped to be part of a growing innovation ecosystem in Pittsburgh that includes world leading research institutions and companies, as well as an increasing number of start-ups.