Execs at Uber and Cruise reveal what it takes to become a smart city – and how tech can solve urban mobility and inequality

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  • The pandemic has shown the changing nature of cities and magnified existing inequalities.
  • Having correct data in place will enable better decision-making, transportation, and affordability.
  • This conversation was part of Insider’s virtual event “The Future of Mobility: Data Driving Innovation,” presented by Arity on September 14.
  • Click here to watch a recording of the full event.

Smart cities are expected to create $2.46 trillion in business opportunities across the globe by 2025. But there’s a difference between what makes a city smart and a city that’s simply evolving for the future.

“During the pandemic, we really discovered that our assets are public assets and cities have been underutilized,” Shin-pei Tsay, global head of cities and transportation policy at Uber, said at Insider’s recent virtual event, “The Future of Mobility: Data Driving Innovation,” presented by Arity on Tuesday, September 14. “You’re starting to see how technology played a role in enabling the changes in the physical space.”

This conversation, titled “Smart cities: What the future of urban mobility looks like,” featured Tsay alongside Trevor Pawl, Michigan’s chief mobility officer, and Oliver Cameron, VP of product at Cruise, General Motors’ autonomous electric car subsidiary.

Pawl said that smart cities need to start with individual use cases rather than simply thinking in terms of efficiencies.

“Once you have the right data, you can begin to make better decisions about how you use your streets and use your buildings,” he said.

“Ultimately, that’s going to lead to more options: transportation options, movement options for both people and goods in a city,” he added.”That’s going to lead to affordability at the end of the day.”

Tsay said that the pandemic has seen the inequities that have always existed in cities become much more visible.

“Recent analysis that we did at Uber showed that during the pandemic, there was very consistent use of ride-hail from lower-income neighborhoods in comparison to higher-income neighborhoods,” she said.

Many of those trips took people to essential jobs, hospitals, distribution centers, and even to parks not served by public transport. For Uber, this told the company that technology can fill gaps left by disruption and public policy failures.

Technology is moving at a much faster speed than public sector policymakers, Pawl said. In turn, they need to begin moving faster in terms of regulations and procedures to implement the ability to be smart.

Cameron added that when it comes to climate change, urban mobility solutions and smart-city infrastructure, such as a fully electric fleet of shared vehicles, can help communities deal with changing temperatures and increasing natural disasters.

Around 88 of the top 100 US cities have less than half of the charging infrastructure necessary to handle electrification at scale today.

“If you are simply solving a problem for the city and not for its residents, then you’re not really solving a problem at all,” he said.

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New York delivery riders have formed night patrol groups to protect each other from armed thieves stealing their bikes

A Grubhub delivery driver rides near the Empire State Building lit up in purple in honor of World Cancer Day on February 04, 2021 in New York City.
A Grubhub delivery driver rides near the Empire State Building on February 04, 2021 in New York City.

  • NYC delivery riders have formed volunteer patrol groups to protect each other amid a surge of armed thefts.
  • Attempted robberies of delivery workers increased 65% in 2020 – around a third were violent, and some turned deadly.
  • One rider told The Verge he biked a dangerous route to deliver a slice of cake and wasn’t tipped.
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New York City delivery workers have formed volunteer patrol groups in order to protect each other from armed thieves attempting to steal their bikes, and a new report from The Verge sheds more light on the ongoing efforts.

NYPD data revealed robberies and attempted robberies of delivery workers increased 65% in 2020. Approximately one-third of the thefts were violent, while others turned deadly.

Villalva Vitinio, a 29-year-old delivery rider for Uber Eats and Doordash, refused to give up his electric bike to an assailant this March. He was then shot and killed, according to police reports.

As the thefts continued, Cesar Solano, a 19-year-old delivery worker from Mexico, co-founded “El Diario de los Deliveryboys en la Gran Manzana” with his older cousin Sergio Solano, The Verge reported.

Translating to “The Deliveryboys in the Big Apple Daily,” the idea started out as a Facebook page documenting bike thefts and issuing warnings to fellow delivery workers.

According to The Verge, the Deliveryboys transformed into a civilian night patrol group, standing guard to protect riders who pass through notoriously dangerous areas like The Willis Avenue Bridge.

One night at around 1 am, the Deliveryboys stood watch as a rider appeared, his right arm bleeding from a knife wound. Per The Verge, a thief cut him while trying to steal his bike – but he got away just in time.

Solano told The Verge that having your bike stolen is economically crippling for New York’s riders. He said he purchased his own bike with savings on his birthday – having it stolen would cause him to lose that original investment and future wages, something that has happened to his cousin twice this month.

The risks don’t always outweigh the rewards. Solano told reporter Josh Dzieza that one night he rode from the Upper East Side, over two bridges, through Long Island City, and to Roosevelt Island just to deliver a singular slice of cake. The worst part – he arrived to no tip at all.

One New York City food-delivery worker told Insider’s Natalie Musumeci and Grace Kay that he rode for an hour through Hurricane Ida and made a total of five dollars.

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Big Tech salaries revealed: How much engineers, developers, and product managers make at companies including Amazon, Facebook, Google, Apple, Microsoft, Intel, Uber, IBM, and Salesforce

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Business Insider analyzed salary data for workers at top tech companies.

  • Business Insider analyzed salary data for thousands of workers to reveal how much large tech companies pay.
  • We crunched the numbers for companies including Airbnb, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Salesforce, Snap, and Uber.
  • The data, which US companies report in visa applications for foreign workers, sheds light on how engineers, designers, and others are compensated in the competitive industry.

Big US technology companies have powered their way through the pandemic, posting impressive growth, minting money, and hiring rapidly.

In early July, the tech-industry association CompTIA reported that the sector experienced job growth in 10 out of the previous 12 months – a standout performance given the lockdowns last year. Tech firms added more than 80,000 workers in the US through the first half of 2021, it added.

Google’s parent company, Alphabet, hired more than 4,000 employees in the second quarter alone. Overall, more than 300,000 open tech jobs were posted in June, with software and app developers, IT-support specialists and project managers, systems engineers and architects, and systems analysts in highest demand. Jobs in emerging tech, such as AI, accounted for more than a quarter of open positions.

Companies are required to disclose information including salary (or, in some cases, salary ranges) when they hire foreign workers under the H1-B visa program, giving insight into what these tech giants are willing to shell out for talent.

So, to get a sense of what salaries in the industry are like these days, Business Insider analyzed the US Office of Foreign Labor Certification’s disclosure data for permanent and temporary foreign workers to find out what companies pay employees in key roles, including engineers, designers, and salespeople.

When you’re done checking out this industry data, take a look at Insider’s searchable database of over 250,000 salaries from more than 250 companies so you can know how much you should be paid.

Google’s software engineers can make more than $300,000.

Alphabet & Google CEO Sundar Pichai
Google CEO Sundar Pichai.

Google is often touted as one of the best places to work, with compensation to match.

A software engineer was offered $353,000, a vice president of engineering can get $475,000, and a senior vice president recently took in an annual salary of $650,000.

Here’s a look at many other positions and how much they pay across Google.

The company’s Cloud business has been aggressively building out its workforce as it tries to catch its larger cloud rivals Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.

Here’s a peek at the salaries Google Cloud pays US-based engineers, managers, and more.

Amazon cloud-solutions architects are paid $90,800 to $185,000, depending on location and skills.

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Adam Selipsky, the Amazon Web Services boss.

Amazon’s cloud unit, now run by Adam Selipsky, has continued hiring for technical and business talent to support its dominant cloud-computing business.

Insider reviewed more than 200 H-1B visas that Amazon’s cloud unit applied for from January to June to reveal how much it paid software developers, data scientists, marketers, salespeople, business analysts, and more. The highest-paid employees, according to that data, can make as much as $185,000 in base salary.

Check out the details here.

Senior marketing jobs at Apple can pay up to $325,000.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Apple’s advertising is legendary, and its broader marketing efforts are integral to the company’s success. The iPhone maker regularly gets attention for its cinematic campaigns.

The company sponsors visas for a range of well-paid marketing jobs. One marketing manager makes $240,000, while a marketing senior director earns $325,000.

Here are the salaries of other advertising- and marketing-focused roles at Apple and other tech giants including Airbnb and Facebook.

A Facebook engineering director can make roughly $360,000

Sheryl Sandberg
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg

Facebook employees consistently make well into the six figures. An in-house ad-agency director hired in the past year earns a salary of just over $330,000. An engineering director makes roughly $360,000.

Pay depends on the job, of course, but increasingly on where the worker is based, too. A data analyst in California, for example, makes $130,000 to $150,000 a year. One data analyst in Texas makes $128,000, and another $111,000. A software engineer in New York makes $160,000. One in Rhode Island and another in Texas make $118,000 a year.

Here are all the latest data on Facebook salaries.

Microsoft’s highest-paying jobs include software engineers, sales managers, and researchers.

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Employees at Microsoft.

We analyzed Microsoft’s more than 1,400 active foreign-worker visas in 2020 to find the titles with the highest salaries and provided a salary range for each role.

We focused this list on roles that pay $175,000 or more at the high end of the range and categorized them based on information we found in job postings. The highest salary we found, for a channel sales manager, was $250,000.

In internal Microsoft surveys obtained by Business Insider, 55% of staff said in 2020 that their combined salary, bonus, and equity was competitive with similar jobs at other companies, down from 65% in 2017.

Here’s the full list of jobs and salaries, covering positions such as cloud-solutions architect, legal counsel, silicon engineer, and software engineering lead.

Uber competes with the biggest Silicon Valley companies, and its salaries show that.

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi
Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi.

Though Uber has gone through rounds of job cuts in recent years, its compensation for many full-time positions is competitive with the biggest Silicon Valley tech firms.

Senior engineers can earn salaries of well over $200,000, while data scientists can pull in almost $150,000 and senior product managers can make about $190,000 or more, excluding any equity or bonus.

Check out the full list of Uber positions and salaries here.

Intel engineering managers can make more than $300,000.

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Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger.

Intel is battling slowing revenue growth, shrinking margins, and rising competition from Taiwan Semiconductor, AMD, Nvidia, and others.

There’s also a semiconductor shortage to contend with, while marquee customers like Apple are designing their own chips.

For all of this, Intel relies on scientists, researchers, managers, marketers, and different types of software and hardware engineers.

Here’s a peek at the salaries Intel pays some of these employees, based on roles from almost 1,000 approved visa applications that the company filed with authorities.

IBM employees can make as much as $335,000 in base salary.

IBM CEO Arvind Krishna
IBM CEO Arvind Krishna.

Under CEO Arvind Krishna, IBM is trying to reinvent itself for the cloud-computing era, dominated so far by Amazon, Microsoft, Alibaba, and Google.

IBM’s 2019 purchase of the open-source-software firm Red Hat for $34 billion was a defining moment when the company bet big on hybrid cloud and artificial intelligence. Part of IBM’s reinvention includes growing its 350,000-strong employee base to add engineering talent in cloud, hybrid cloud, and AI, as well as in fields like strategy, consulting, and business analysis.

Business Insider analyzed the 241 H-1B visas IBM applied for since January to find out what it pays engineers, business analysts and consultants, digital strategists, and more. The highest-paid IBM employees can make as much as $335,000 in base salary, according to that data.

Check out all the jobs and salaries here.

A senior manager of software engineering at Salesforce is paid more than $215,000.

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Employees outside the Salesforce Tower.

Salesforce is embracing a hybrid mindset, giving employees the option to work remotely part time, and it expects to increase its number of permanently remote workers, too.

That flexibility is opening up talent pools for the company. Last September, the company said it was planning to add over 12,000 jobs over the next year. And Chief People Officer Brent Hyder told the San Francisco Chronicle in April that Salesforce’s hiring spree this year would exceed 15,000 employees.

Insider analyzed the 206 H-1B visas Salesforce applied for from January to March to find out how much it paid workers in areas like engineering, data analytics, and product management. Software engineers can make more than $200,000 in salary, the data showed.

Here’s the full list of positions and pay.

Snap offers base salaries ranging from $59,000 to $500,000.

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Snap CEO Evan Spiegel.

Snap, the company behind Snapchat, has had a growth spurt. And it’s been staffing up to support ambitions in areas like augmented reality, short-form video, and original shows. The company now has about 4,000 employees in 15 countries.

Snap said in May that it was committed to paying all employees a livable wage that “contributes to healthy work-life integration and to the local economy in which we work.” It offers a minimum of $15,000 in equity grants to new hires and said its baseline annual pay rate for employees at its headquarters in Santa Monica is $70,000.

In late 2020 and 2021, Snap offered annual base salaries ranging from $59,000 to $500,000 for various roles, according to data from H-1B visa applications analyzed by Business Insider.

Check out all the Snap jobs and pay here.

Waymo pays $122,000 to $300,000, depending on the type of job and location.

Waymo co-CEOs Tekedra Mawakana, and UiPath CEO Daniel Dines.
Waymo co-CEO Tekedra Mawakana and UiPath CEO Daniel Dines.

Few industries are blowing up like artificial intelligence and big data. PitchBook estimated that spending on AI software and hardware would reach $138 billion this year and grow at a rate of 23% in the next three years.

All that investment fuels an equally explosive jobs market. The job-search site ZipRecruiter showed more than 60,000 AI-engineer jobs listed. Those roles pay very well, with annual compensation as high as $304,500.

Business Insider analyzed US visa-application data from the first quarter of 2021 for permanent and temporary foreign workers to find out what 10 top AI companies pay engineers, researchers, and other professionals in the field of big data and machine learning.

Waymo relies heavily on AI to train the software that controls its autonomous vehicles. The Alphabet unit pays $122,000 to $300,000, depending on the type of job and location, according to the data.

Here’s the full salary data for Waymo, Snowflake, UiPath, Databricks, DataRobot, Samsara, ByteDance, Cruise, Dataminr, and OpenAI.

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Inside Uber’s effort to become the Amazon of transportation

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi
Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi joined the company in 2017.

  • Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has reshaped the company in his four years at the helm.
  • He focused first on fixing Uber’s troubled culture.
  • He has since turned his attention to making Uber profitable and building up its delivery service.
  • See more stories on Insider’s business page.

Four years after arriving at Uber in the midst of a crisis, CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has left his mark on the company. After spending his first year cleaning up Uber’s troubled culture, he has reshaped its business, doubling down on deliveries and shedding expensive projects like self-driving-vehicles and flying taxis that weren’t progressing fast enough. But as Khosrowshahi pursues his long-term vision for the company, he has had to manage short-term challenges like turnover and a chaotic return-to-office process.

Below, you can read our coverage of how Khosrowshahi has changed Uber and the challenges he faces in the months and years ahead.

Cleaning up a toxic culture

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When Khosrowshahi became Uber’s CEO in 2017, the company was reeling from a string of scandals that revealed an overly aggressive culture. Khosrowshahi made it a priority to set a new tone for the company, rewriting Uber’s corporate values and making difficult decisions aimed at increasing Uber’s accountability to its employees and customers. Current and former Uber employees say the company has become less combative and more attentive to their lives outside of work under Khosrowshahi.

Doubling down on delivery

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An Uber Eats driver in Portugal in 2020.

Food delivery was once an afterthought compared to Uber’s ride-hailing business, but the COVID-19 pandemic has given it a starring role. Since the second quarter of 2020, Uber customers have spent more money on delivery than ride-hailing as Khosrowshahi has made acquisitions to expand the company’s delivery offerings. Now, Uber customers can order groceries and alcohol and send packages in one of the company’s vehicles.

A push for profitability

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi

One of Khosrowshahi’s central goals is to prove that Uber can sustain itself without the help of banks or investors. While Uber has posted a few quarterly profits, they have come from one-time windfalls related to the sale of a business unit or investments in other companies. This year, the company says it will hit a measure of profitability more closely tied to its day-to-day operations.

A shifting return-to-work plan

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The Delta variant has made it more difficult for companies to prepare their return to the office, and Uber has been no exception. The company has changed its return-to-office plans amid surging COVID-19 cases and criticism from employees who have expressed frustration with requirements that they eventually spend parts of their week in an office. High levels of turnover have added to the challenges faced by Uber’s HR department.

Spending big to fix a driver shortage

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One of the biggest challenges Uber has faced this year is attracting drivers as the demand for rides picks up. The result has been higher prices and big spending on incentives to lure drivers back to the platform. Finding the right balance between riders and drivers will be critical to fending off Lyft as travel picks up.

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Uber and Lyft will pay the legal fees of drivers sued under Texas’ new abortion law

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Uber and Lyft said Friday they would cover any legal fees incurred by their drivers if they were sued for taking passengers to receive an abortion in Texas.

  • Uber and Lyft said they’ll pay the legal fees of drivers sued under Texas’s new abortion law.
  • Under the law, anyone who transports a woman to receive an abortion after six weeks of gestation can be sued.
  • “Drivers are never responsible for monitoring where their riders go or why,” Lyft said in a statement.
  • See more stories on Insider’s business page.

Uber and Lyft will cover any legal fees incurred by their drivers if they were sued for taking passengers to receive an abortion after six weeks of gestation under Texas’ harsh new abortion law.

“Drivers are never responsible for monitoring where their riders go or why,” Lyft said in a statement Friday. “Imagine being a driver and not knowing if you are breaking the law by giving someone a ride. Similarly, riders never have to justify, or even share, where they are going and why.

“Imagine being a pregnant woman trying to get to a healthcare appointment and not knowing if your driver will cancel on you for fear of breaking a law. Both are completely unacceptable,” the ride-share company added.

Lyft said it established its Driver Legal Defense Fund to cover 100% of the legal fees that its drivers could potentially incur under the law. The legislation, known as a heart “heartbeat” abortion ban, bars abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected – about six weeks into a pregnancy – before some women are even aware they’re pregnant, as Insider previously reported.

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi made a similar pledge to cover legal fees for drivers in a tweet on Friday afternoon.

“Right on @logangreen – drivers shouldn’t be put at risk for getting people where they want to go,” Khosrowshahi said, sharing a tweet from Lyft co-founder and CEO Logan Green, announcing its policy. “Team @Uber is in too and will cover legal fees in the same way. Thanks for the push.”

The legislation, which is similar to abortion bans introduced in other GOP-led states, was signed by Texas’ Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in May, but it was met with legal challenges. The US Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to block the law, allowing it to take effect September 1.

Unlike similar laws in other states, the Texas legislation allows private Texas citizens to enforce the ban by reporting and suing individuals who they believe obtained an abortion or helped another person obtain an abortion – including those who drive others to get the procedure and those with no personal connection to the person who underwent the procedure.

Texas citizens can be awarded up to $10,000 for every successful lawsuit and have their legal fees covered, Insider previously reported.

While the ban has exceptions to allow abortions in the case of medical emergencies, it contains no exceptions for instances of rape or incest.

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Uber says it will delay a return to the office for its workers until January

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Uber has pushed back its return-to-office date.

  • Uber has pushed back its return-to-office date until the new year.
  • Employees can go back to the office on January 10, 2022, an Uber spokesperson told Insider.
  • Nikki Krishnamurthy, Uber’s chief people officer, wrote in April that staff could return this month.
  • See more stories on Insider’s business page.

Uber announced on Thursday that employees will have to wait until the new year to return to work in-person, as the company pushes the return-to-office date back until January 2022.

Nikki Krishnamurthy, Uber’s chief people officer, wrote in an updated blog post in April that employees would be able to return to the office in September 2021 under a hybrid model.

But the ride-hailing company has postponed the date for when staff can come back to the office, an Uber spokesperson confirmed to Insider in an email on Thursday.

Employees will be able to return to the workplace on January 10, 2022, when Uber’s offices will be open at full capacity in the US, the spokesperson said.

They added that the return-to-work dates for its offices abroad would depend on the health guidance and circumstances in those countries.

Uber volunteers and staff whose roles require in-person work will be able to enter offices in the meantime, the spokesperson continued.

Uber employees going into US offices are required to be fully vaccinated and wear masks, the spokesperson said. They added that the company planned to extend those rules to other offices around the world, depending on local regulations and vaccine availability.

Insider’s Tom Dotan reported in June that once staff return they will be expected to spend half of their time working in the office, while being able to work from home for the remaining half. The Uber spokesperson confirmed this in their email to Insider on Thursday.

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I took a ride on an Uber Boat down the River Thames in London. It was much more fun than an Uber taxi and I got to see lots of landmarks.

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The Uber Boat approaching Battersea platform.

  • Uber Boat by Thames Clippers drops passengers off at 23 piers along the River Thames in London.
  • Passengers can grab drinks and snacks onboard, and spot famous London landmarks.
  • The boat arrived 20 minutes late, and the trip was meant to last 40 minutes but took an hour.
  • See more stories on Insider’s business page.
Uber Boat is a river bus service on the River Thames in London, England.

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Uber Boat approaching Battersea platform.

I’m always taking Uber taxis and wondered what it would be like to take an Uber Boat for a change.

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Traveling down the River Thames.

I thought the price was reasonable for my journey from Battersea in southwest London to Canary Wharf in east London.

Screenshot of boat prices on Uber app
Screenshot of boat prices on Uber app.

Passengers can also pay at a ticket office or tap a machine with their credit card. The different payment options caused some confusion among boarding passengers. This added to the journey time.

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Traveling down the Thames on an Uber Boat.

The timetable showed that the Uber Boat would arrive at 3:15.p.m. After it was 15 minutes late, passengers waiting on the platform began asking each other when it was due to arrive.

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Passengers waiting for Uber Boat on the platform at Battersea.

After 20 minutes of standing on the bobbing platform, the boat rocked up.

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Uber Boat approaching Battersea platform.

Uber Boat’s interior is modern and spacious. The leather seats were comfortable and there was lots of light in the cabin. It felt like I was sitting on a first-class train.

A look inside the Uber Boat
Comfortable seating.

The seating area at the back wasn’t as nice as the inside, but the views and blast of fresh air made it worth it.

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The outside seating area.

There was also a cafe onboard, where passengers could buy drinks and snacks. The barista brought hot drinks to people’s seats.

Cafe in the Uber Boat
Refreshments being served.

There was a range of drinks available to buy, including prosecco, wine, beer, and soft drinks.

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The range of drinks in the cafe.

I bought a beer for the ride!

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One of many onboard drink options.

There were lots of other Uber Boats passing by on the River Thames. Uber and Thames Clipper said on their website they have a fleet of 20 boats.

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Passing a fellow Uber Boat.

Each boat stops at 23 piers along the River Thames, starting at Putney pier in southwest London and ending at Woolwich pier in the southeast.

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A view of the London Eye and other landmarks.

The best part of the trip was spotting some of city’s famous landmarks, including the London Eye, which you can’t properly see in a taxi.

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A view of the London Eye from the back of the boat.

I sat on the back bench of the boat – a tourist hotspot – and enjoyed looking back on the river.

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Traveling down the Thames on an Uber Boat.

Every now and then, I got sprayed with water from the engines. It’s not the type of transport to travel on when it’s wet and windy.

View of the river from seats at the back of the boat
Water spraying around the boat.

It was quite difficult to walk off the boat because of the water bobbing the platform. This, coupled with passengers’ confusion about tickets, meant there were long waiting times at each stop.

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Passengers coming onboard.

For the remainder of the trip, I sat inside the boat.

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The inside seating area.

Although I was inside, I still had a great view of the sights because of the boat’s tall windows.

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The boat passing London landmarks.

The windows, which are tinted on the outside, didn’t stop me from taking clear photos behind the glass either.

Uber Boat passing by on the river
City views.

Uber Boat’s website says it takes 26 minutes to get from my starting point, Battersea, to London Bridge City. Canary Wharf is two stops along from London Bridge City so it should have taken an extra 10 minutes to get to my destination.

View out the back of the boat
End of the journey.

The journey took an hour in total. This was because of the waiting times between each stop.

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Canary Wharf.

A taxi back to where I started in Battersea took 15 minutes less but was almost double the price of the Uber Boat.

Screenshot of Uber taxi ride back to Battersea
Screenshot of Uber taxi ride back to Battersea.

Overall, I would much prefer to travel with Uber Boat than Uber taxis because of the comfort and sightseeing. But I can’t rely on the boat’s unreliable timetable and long waiting times.

Traveling in an Uber taxi
Traveling home in an Uber taxi.

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New York’s hottest ride-hailing service is the taxi

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New York City cabs hailed through Curb saw a 152% increase between April and July 2021.

  • Taxi cabs hailed through Curb saw a whopping 152% increase between April and July in NYC.
  • Average ride prices for taxis dropped in NYC, while fares for Uber and Lyft have increased.
  • Curb vice president Jason Gross said better tech is helping taxis catch up to gig economy companies.
  • See more stories on Insider’s business page.

New York City taxis are coming to dethrone Uber and Lyft from e-hailing dominance.

Cabs hailed through Curb, a mobile app hailing cabs and paying fares, saw a whopping 152% increase between April and July 2021 in NYC, and monthly average downloads off the app are up 70% this year compared to 2018, according to Curb data reviewed by Insider.

The number of people booking taxis through the app is growing at a faster rate than those booking Ubers and Lyfts, according to data from Superfly Insights. Curb roughly doubled its user numbers between the first and second quarters of 2021, while Uber and Lyft only increased by about one-third.

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Taxi rides are rising faster than Uber and Lyft rides, according to data from Superfly, which analyzes anonymous spending data.

Curb’s recent popularity could stem from surging prices for Uber and Lyft. The average ride price for an Uber or Lyft increased to $27 from $22 between January to June of this year, according to data from Superfly.

Curb, meanwhile, has seen average ride prices between January and June drop to $13.63 in 2021 from $16.46 in 2020 and $16.89 in 2019. Unlike the apps, NYC taxis are beholden to a meter, which charges $2.50 plus 50 cents per half mile – and doesn’t have any fancy algorithms to increase the price according to demand.

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Uber and Lyft reported rising fares amid a struggle to find drivers. More than half of Lyft and Uber drivers stopped driving during the COVID-19 pandemic, per an analysis by Insider’s Tom Dotan, and the number of drivers across the country in March 2021 was 35% lower than in January 2021.

Jason Gross, vice president and head of mobile at Curb, said hailing a taxi through a phone is oftentimes faster than finding one on the street. The company has implemented changes to improve its ride-hailing service and ramped up marketing for the platform over the last year, he said.

Because of cabs’ lower prices, Gross said the platform also benefited from its inclusion in Transit, a New York City transportation app that compares prices between ride-hailing, taxis, and other forms of transportation.

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The Curb app lets customers and drivers see the price and earnings for the trip when booking a ride.

“I feel like [gig economy companies] haven’t succeeded in driving the entire industry out of business,” Gross told Insider regarding the taxi industry. “A lot of people said these gig economy companies transformed the industry through the use of technology, but what they really did is they created an unrealistic market.”

Gross added hailing a taxi offers customers benefits they can’t get from Lyft or Uber, other than slightly lower fares.

Curb also allows drivers to see the amount of money they will earn from a trip upfront. Lyft does not begin calculating driver earnings until one minute after arriving at a destination, and Uber calculates earnings on a weekly cycle.

Gross said taxi drivers have thanked Curb for allowing them to win back business from Lyft, Uber, and other competitors.

“In general, I feel the perception is we’re a more trustworthy company to deal with because we’re not rapidly changing and gamifying what they earn or don’t earn from minute-to-minute or day-to-day,” Gross said.

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An Uber driver in Miami was brutally attacked by her passenger after picking them up outside a hospital as ride-hailing carjacks surge

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“Criminals are purchasing ride-share services such as Uber or Lyft and using it as an opportunity to victimize the drivers by stealing their vehicles,” Atlanta’s police department said.

  • Uber driver Liudmila Valladares was attacked last week by a passenger who then stole her car.
  • 11 Uber and Lyft drivers have died this year during 124 carjacking incidents, The Markup reported.
  • The Atlanta police department said criminals are using ride-hailing apps to target vulnerable drivers.
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Liudmila Valladares, an Uber driver from Miami, was attacked last week while picking up a passenger outside of Mount Sinai Medical Center, Local 10 News first reported.

She was left with a large purple bruise beneath her right eye, where police say the 19-year-old accused of the attack hit Valladares before pushing her out of the car and stealing the vehicle.

Edward Milo was arrested on charges of robbery and carjacking, according to a police report.

“We are appalled by this senseless act of violence,” an Uber spokesperson told Insider. “We’ve reached out to Liudmila to check on her well-being and stand ready to assist law enforcement with their investigation.”

Carjacking and other violent assaults on drivers have increased during the pandemic across the country, leaving rideshare drivers vulnerable to the trend.

Drivers for popular apps Lyft and Uber have been carjacked at least 124 times this year, The Markup reported, and 11 of those drivers were killed.

According to an analysis by The Markup, 75 of the carjacking attacks were perpetrated by the drivers’ passengers. This was the case when Lyft driver Cynthia Norman picked up two men late at night – she told The Markup she was trying to make extra money to pay for her husband’s hospital bill.

The man sitting behind Norman grabbed her neck while the other punched her across the face, the police report says. After refusing to exit the vehicle, they tried dragging her out. Norman was then able to grab her gun and fire at the two attackers, who quickly ran away.

The Atlanta police department recently announced they are investigating eight cases of car thefts involving Uber and Lyft drivers.

“Criminals are purchasing ride-share services such as Uber or Lyft and using it as an opportunity to victimize the drivers by stealing their vehicles,” Captain Peter Malecki said.

He added that the attackers often attempt to “lure the driver out of his or her vehicle” by asking for help opening the trunk.

Drivers told The Markup that Uber and Lyft have not been helpful in the aftermath of carjacking. 71-year-old David Morrow said Uber asked him to sign an NDA after his car was stolen at gunpoint while driving for the app.

“Safety is fundamental to Lyft and we are working closely with law enforcement to help keep drivers safe,” a Lyft spokesperson told Insider. “We continuously invest in new products and policies to help protect drivers, and are exploring ways to expand the use of our safety features to help prevent these incidents from happening and support drivers if they do.”

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Big Tech salaries revealed: How much engineers, developers, and product managers make at companies including Amazon, Google, Apple, Microsoft, Intel, Uber, IBM, and Salesforce

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Business Insider analyzed salary data for workers at top tech companies.

  • Business Insider analyzed salary data for thousands of workers to reveal how much large tech companies pay.
  • We crunched the numbers for companies including Airbnb, Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Salesforce, Snap, and Uber.
  • The data, which US companies report in visa applications for foreign workers, sheds light on how engineers, designers, and others are compensated in the competitive industry.

Big US technology companies have powered their way through the pandemic, posting impressive growth, minting money, and hiring rapidly.

In early July, the tech-industry association CompTIA reported that the sector experienced job growth in 10 out of the previous 12 months – a standout performance given the lockdowns last year. Tech firms added more than 80,000 workers in the US through the first half of 2021, it added.

Google’s parent company, Alphabet, hired more than 4,000 employees in the second quarter alone. Overall, more than 300,000 open tech jobs were posted in June, with software and app developers, IT-support specialists and project managers, systems engineers and architects, and systems analysts in highest demand. Jobs in emerging tech, such as AI, accounted for more than a quarter of open positions.

Companies are required to disclose information including salary (or, in some cases, salary ranges) when they hire foreign workers under the H1-B visa program, giving insight into what these tech giants are willing to shell out for talent.

So, to get a sense of what salaries in the industry are like these days, Business Insider analyzed the US Office of Foreign Labor Certification’s disclosure data for permanent and temporary foreign workers to find out what companies pay employees in key roles, including engineers, designers, and salespeople.

When you’re done checking out this industry data, take a look at Insider’s searchable database of over 250,000 salaries from more than 250 companies so you can know how much you should be paid.

Google’s software engineers can make more than $300,000.

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai.

Google is often touted as one of the best places to work, with compensation to match.

A software engineer was offered $353,000, a vice president of engineering can get $475,000, and a senior vice president recently took in an annual salary of $650,000.

Here’s a look at many other positions and how much they pay across Google.

The company’s Cloud business has been aggressively building out its workforce as it tries to catch its larger cloud rivals Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.

Here’s a peek at the salaries Google Cloud pays US-based engineers, managers, and more.

Amazon cloud-solutions architects are paid $90,800 to $185,000, depending on location and skills.

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Adam Selipsky, the Amazon Web Services boss.

Amazon’s cloud unit, now run by Adam Selipsky, has continued hiring for technical and business talent to support its dominant cloud-computing business.

Insider reviewed more than 200 H-1B visas that Amazon’s cloud unit applied for from January to June to reveal how much it paid software developers, data scientists, marketers, salespeople, business analysts, and more. The highest-paid employees, according to that data, can make as much as $185,000 in base salary.

Check out the details here.

Senior marketing jobs at Apple can pay up to $325,000.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Apple’s advertising is legendary, and its broader marketing efforts are integral to the company’s success. The iPhone maker regularly gets attention for its cinematic campaigns.

The company sponsors visas for a range of well-paid marketing jobs. One marketing manager makes $240,000, while a marketing senior director earns $325,000.

Here are the salaries of other advertising- and marketing-focused roles at Apple and other tech giants including Airbnb and Facebook.

Microsoft’s highest-paying jobs include software engineers, sales managers, and researchers.

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Employees at Microsoft.

We analyzed Microsoft’s more than 1,400 active foreign-worker visas in 2020 to find the titles with the highest salaries and provided a salary range for each role.

We focused this list on roles that pay $175,000 or more at the high end of the range and categorized them based on information we found in job postings. The highest salary we found, for a channel sales manager, was $250,000.

In internal Microsoft surveys obtained by Business Insider, 55% of staff said in 2020 that their combined salary, bonus, and equity was competitive with similar jobs at other companies, down from 65% in 2017.

Here’s the full list of jobs and salaries, covering positions such as cloud-solutions architect, legal counsel, silicon engineer, and software engineering lead.

Uber competes with the biggest Silicon Valley companies, and its salaries show that.

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi
Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi.

Though Uber has gone through rounds of job cuts in recent years, its compensation for many full-time positions is competitive with the biggest Silicon Valley tech firms.

Senior engineers can earn salaries of well over $200,000, while data scientists can pull in almost $150,000 and senior product managers can make about $190,000 or more, excluding any equity or bonus.

Check out the full list of Uber positions and salaries here.

Intel engineering managers can make more than $300,000.

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Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger.

Intel is battling slowing revenue growth, shrinking margins, and rising competition from Taiwan Semiconductor, AMD, Nvidia, and others.

There’s also a semiconductor shortage to contend with, while marquee customers like Apple are designing their own chips.

For all of this, Intel relies on scientists, researchers, managers, marketers, and different types of software and hardware engineers.

Here’s a peek at the salaries Intel pays some of these employees, based on roles from almost 1,000 approved visa applications that the company filed with authorities.

IBM employees can make as much as $335,000 in base salary.

IBM CEO Arvind Krishna
IBM CEO Arvind Krishna.

Under CEO Arvind Krishna, IBM is trying to reinvent itself for the cloud-computing era, dominated so far by Amazon, Microsoft, Alibaba, and Google.

IBM’s 2019 purchase of the open-source-software firm Red Hat for $34 billion was a defining moment when the company bet big on hybrid cloud and artificial intelligence. Part of IBM’s reinvention includes growing its 350,000-strong employee base to add engineering talent in cloud, hybrid cloud, and AI, as well as in fields like strategy, consulting, and business analysis.

Business Insider analyzed the 241 H-1B visas IBM applied for since January to find out what it pays engineers, business analysts and consultants, digital strategists, and more. The highest-paid IBM employees can make as much as $335,000 in base salary, according to that data.

Check out all the jobs and salaries here.

A senior manager of software engineering at Salesforce is paid more than $215,000.

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Employees outside the Salesforce Tower.

Salesforce is embracing a hybrid mindset, giving employees the option to work remotely part time, and it expects to increase its number of permanently remote workers, too.

That flexibility is opening up talent pools for the company. Last September, the company said it was planning to add over 12,000 jobs over the next year. And Chief People Officer Brent Hyder told the San Francisco Chronicle in April that Salesforce’s hiring spree this year would exceed 15,000 employees.

Insider analyzed the 206 H-1B visas Salesforce applied for from January to March to find out how much it paid workers in areas like engineering, data analytics, and product management. Software engineers can make more than $200,000 in salary, the data showed.

Here’s the full list of positions and pay.

Snap offers base salaries ranging from $59,000 to $500,000.

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Snap CEO Evan Spiegel.

Snap, the company behind Snapchat, has had a growth spurt. And it’s been staffing up to support ambitions in areas like augmented reality, short-form video, and original shows. The company now has about 4,000 employees in 15 countries.

Snap said in May that it was committed to paying all employees a livable wage that “contributes to healthy work-life integration and to the local economy in which we work.” It offers a minimum of $15,000 in equity grants to new hires and said its baseline annual pay rate for employees at its headquarters in Santa Monica is $70,000.

In late 2020 and 2021, Snap offered annual base salaries ranging from $59,000 to $500,000 for various roles, according to data from H-1B visa applications analyzed by Business Insider.

Check out all the Snap jobs and pay here.

Waymo pays $122,000 to $300,000, depending on the type of job and location.

Waymo co-CEOs Tekedra Mawakana, and UiPath CEO Daniel Dines.
Waymo co-CEO Tekedra Mawakana and UiPath CEO Daniel Dines.

Few industries are blowing up like artificial intelligence and big data. PitchBook estimated that spending on AI software and hardware would reach $138 billion this year and grow at a rate of 23% in the next three years.

All that investment fuels an equally explosive jobs market. The job-search site ZipRecruiter showed more than 60,000 AI-engineer jobs listed. Those roles pay very well, with annual compensation as high as $304,500.

Business Insider analyzed US visa-application data from the first quarter of 2021 for permanent and temporary foreign workers to find out what 10 top AI companies pay engineers, researchers, and other professionals in the field of big data and machine learning.

Waymo relies heavily on AI to train the software that controls its autonomous vehicles. The Alphabet unit pays $122,000 to $300,000, depending on the type of job and location, according to the data.

Here’s the full salary data for Waymo, Snowflake, UiPath, Databricks, DataRobot, Samsara, ByteDance, Cruise, Dataminr, and OpenAI.

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