Wozniak: Uber doesn't pay its drivers enough money

Apple-co-founder prefers to use rival service Lyft

Uber is not looking out for the wellbeing of its drivers, according to Steve Wozniak.

The Apple co-founder told press at the Future Transport Summit in Sydney today that he harbours concerns about the tech company's treatment of its workforce, as reported by Mashable.

"Like a lot of people, I have some distrust of Uber and how their drivers don't really realise at first that they aren't making much money maybe losing money on the wear and tear of their cars," said Wozniak.

Wozniak claimed that Uber's freelancer drivers who effectively run its taxi-hailing business may have it particularly rough.

"Uber will push their workforce down to the absolute lowest minimum wage that they can get away with," he said.

"That's how I think of Uber - not very nice thoughts," he explained. "I want to use Lyft instead of Uber when I can now."

Lyft is a competing ridesharing service currently available in major US cities including New York, Austin and Washington DC, but it is not yet available in Australia or the UK.

Greater competition in the taxi-hailing and ridesharing space is something Wozniak said he would like to see. "I would rather there be a lot of competitive forces. I'd like there to be four or five choices that are like Uber anywhere you go," he said. "It's a little disappointing to me and sad that we don't have that."

David Rohrsheim, general manager of Uber in Australia, contested Wozniak's claims, saying: "More than 20,000 [driver-partners in Australia] monthly are putting money in the bank account using Uber, and they've got complete flexibility to log on as much or as little as they want to. That's the number one thing drivers come to the platform for.

"It has to be a good deal for partners or otherwise they won't use the platform."

Uber has become the best-known service of its kind in developed countries. However, services such as Lyft in the US, and taxi hailing app Hailo in the UK, are offering alternatives. Meanwhile, German company Car2Go is the largest car sharing company in Europe.

Meanwhile, Uber has faced troubles in its expansion plans, some of them related to Wozniak's criticisms.

It closed its ridesharing franchise, UberPop, in Brussels last year following heavy criticism. Meanwhile two of its former employees have faced charges of allegedly operating its ridesharing business in France illegally.

Image: Flickr-CC/Campus Party Bogot/Carlos Mario Rios

Featured Resources

The ultimate law enforcement agency guide to going mobile

Best practices for implementing a mobile device program

Free download

The business value of Red Hat OpenShift

Platform cost savings, ROI, and the challenges and opportunities of Red Hat OpenShift

Free download

Managing security and risk across the IT supply chain: A practical approach

Best practices for IT supply chain security

Free download

Digital remote monitoring and dispatch services’ impact on edge computing and data centres

Seven trends redefining remote monitoring and field service dispatch service requirements

Free download

Recommended

Uber ordered to reinstate drivers fired by its algorithm
artificial intelligence (AI)

Uber ordered to reinstate drivers fired by its algorithm

15 Apr 2021
Uber to offer electric vehicles to London customers
Technology

Uber to offer electric vehicles to London customers

29 Mar 2021

Most Popular

Best Linux distros 2021
operating systems

Best Linux distros 2021

11 Oct 2021
Apple MacBook Pro 15in vs Dell XPS 15: Clash of the titans
Laptops

Apple MacBook Pro 15in vs Dell XPS 15: Clash of the titans

11 Oct 2021
Windows 11 has problems with Oracle VirtualBox
Microsoft Windows

Windows 11 has problems with Oracle VirtualBox

5 Oct 2021