The continuing saga of Uber PR

In just the past week, the car ride service has been involved in a glut of stories, including charging premium prices during a hostage crisis.

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Despite what you may think about Uber’s often awful approach to public relations, there’s no denying that the ride sharing company has disrupted an entire industry.

Driving analytics company Zendrive has found that taxi drivers are 46 percent more likely to speed and than Uber and Lyft drivers. Rideshare drivers were less likely to violate traffic laws and less likely to practice “unsafe speeding” than taxi drivers.

Taxi drivers were also more likely to use their phones in the study.

While the product (i.e. legions of citizen drivers) may continue to get rave reviews, Uber is still “a company that is fighting fires. It is reacting to events rather than driving them,” according to Business Insider’s Jim Edwards. He continues: “Uber is on-boarding so many new drivers that it’s bound to get in a few psychos along the way.” The company’s pricing practices are still under fire, too. Uber drew headlines Monday for charging as much as $100 (Australian) per ride as a hostage crisis raged in Sydney. The company started offering free rides soon after complaints started bubbling up.

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