The transportation coordination app Uber has been embroiled in scandal lately. It was said that one of their drivers hit a family of immigrants crossing the street in San Francisco, killing a young child. While the driver was used by the Uber service, there were no paying passengers in the car at the time of the accident, which Uber says places them out of the scope of responsibility. There have been other gripes about pricing, regulation, and other crap, but the bottom line is this: the Uber app is a great idea that turned into a great business regardless of the controversies it is facing.
There are pitfalls to any venture in business, but especially if that business involves driving. Driving is dangerous to and for everyone, that's why we pay a fortune for car insurance, and why driving is so heavily regulated. Uber did not sidestep any regulations intentionally as it seems that cities don't know how to classify the business of Uber let alone regulate it.
As new technologies and services arise, the powers that be need to adapt to incorporate these things into similar industries that already exist, making sure that it can function without being bogged down by government. People who think that Uber should be shut down or mercilessly attacked must not know their history. Many, many businesses faced huge controversy at the start, and because of those controversies it was changed and formed into a safe, successful, and profitable entity.
Sure, Uber needs to make changes and tweak its model to "fit" into society. It's a great service, so I think we need to help guide it instead of calling for its closure. Look at it for what it's worth: a much-needed service dedicated to convenience. I am sorry for the loss of that immigrant family, but I don't think Uber is really at fault. Any other criticism is criticism that any business faces. That being said, I wish Uber all the luck in the world.
Oh, and I hear the CEO is getting testy in interviews. I would too if my brand was being attacked. Stay strong, Travis Kalanick! You'll make it through!
Yesterday evening, I was on my way to therapy, traveling along at a little under the speed limit because I was driving uphill and BAM! A young lady tried to beat me out by cutting me off to make a left hand turn. She came out of a residential street and across two lanes of traffic that are traveling uphill with a visibility handicap. How absent minded can you be? To this, my dad said, "That's why they call them accidents." He's right. We both (the other driver and me) went to Aria hospital which is right around the corner. She was complaining of back pain, and I had some killer burns and bruises on my arms and chest from the airbag deploying. Essentially, though, we're both fine. Especially if you take into account the damage that was done to both cars. It's the stuff of nightmares. I am so grateful that not just I, but both of us are alive. I couldn't live with myself if I killed or seriously injured another person, whether or not it was my fault. In this case, I had the right of way, and it was her fault for pulling right out in front of me, but had anything happened to her, I wouldn't be able to live with myself. But I don't have to worry about any of that, because my mom, my angel, was watching out for us that fateful moment when things could've gone very wrong. Much more so than they did. I am eternally grateful. So, so, so, so, so, so grateful. Thank you God, thank you mom, and whoever else there is to thank, thank you!
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My name is Nicholas Emeigh, but everyone calls me Nick, and I prefer it. I'm usually called Nicholas when I'm in trouble. I'm from the Philadelphia area, work in business, and fancy myself as a freelance graphic designer, writer, and artist. I have a passion for art in all its forms including music, but I restrict my singing to the shower and the car for the good of society. If you'd like to know more, just send me an e-mail. I really appreciate you stopping by.