Uber Opens Back Door to Crime

What is Uber and why doesn’t anyone notice the criminals hovering near its back door?

Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, and originally called “UberCab,” founders Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp came up with this taxi cab alternative where rides are non-traditionally “flagged down” via a simple mobile app. Cabbies are replaced with every-day drivers who simply own a car and a GPS navigator.  Made available primarily to Smartphone users, the service was launched in 2009/2010 and expanded internationally in 2012. Business keeps booming.

And Uber’s newest technological breakthrough is hitting Pittsburgh where tests will be conducted. But, wait… let’s digress.

Uber became a taxicab’s competitor… Still, why all the buzz?

In a nutshell, here is how it works. If you are late for a meeting or need a ride home after a late night of clubbing and fun you don’t have to call a cab and get the standard fees offered across the board. Uber came up with another option.  You can simply click on an app, type in your current location and desired destination and voila… several car rides become available to you. More specifically, you can choose between “ride” alternatives such as; an “UberSUV,” “UberX” (everyday affordable rides), “UberSelect” (premium cars), “UberLUX” (luxury cars), “POOL” (shared ride), “UberESPANOL” (UberX in Spanish), “UberASSIST “(extra assistance), etc… You name it, you’ll get it. However, with every multi-billion dollar technological advancement, there are risks. Uber reached an estimated worth of roughly $62.5 billion last year and profits continue to rise.

But, is it safe?

Google “Uber Crimes” and you’ll get your answer. Yet, Uber is supported and funded by the wealthiest of the wealthy all around the world. And no one flinches at the risks as well as reported crimes resulting in Uber rides. In fact, the media rarely mentions them. It’s all about promotion!

Promotions aside, however, let’s keep it real. Uber is a dream app/service for criminal organizations as well as independent predator-types. So, what does Uber do to keep customers safe? Well…

As stated on www.uber.com, “Uber prohibits human trafficking of any kind, including the commercial sexual exploitation of children, while using our app. Anyone who engages in such activity may lose access to Uber.”

That is comforting to know.

Last night I was watching a Tony Robbins seminar on Netflix and even the best self-help motivator gave a shout out to Uber, mentioning there service. Really? Yes, it’s a smart, successful business, obviously! But, no…once again, it is NOT safe! Yet, this fact is pushed under the rug for the most part. Why? Why do you think? Money talks. Bad guys flock.

Back to Pittsburgh…

Since Uber drivers are the culprits in most reported crimes, here’s something that may eliminate concerns about safety – (not that this was Uber’s intent). Why not get rid of the driver’s altogether? No fuss, no muss.

Tested in Pittsburgh this month (August, 2016), Uber’s Volvo XC90 drives on “auto-pilot.” The sports utility vehicle uses sensors, radar, cameras, GPS receivers, etc… to tackle the busy road ahead. The driver-less SUV will be tested, according to Uber, at 25 miles an hour, and human beings will be inside to monitor and navigate.  For now…

A predicted release date of the SUV in its true glory (no drivers) is 2021.

I am left with the same recurring thought: What is Uber REALLY and why doesn’t anyone notice the criminals hovering near its back door?

 

 

 

Megan Rellahan

Having worked in Hollywood for a decade, Megan was the victim of a hack that changed her life. Chasing a second degree in Cyber Security, she is the creator of thecyberguild.com where art and the realities of the cyber world collide.

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