Ueber is an American technology company, which is operating in 633 cities worldwide. It develops, markets and operates the Uber car transportation and food delivery mobile apps.
Uber’s new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi isn’t going to have much of a honeymoon. Now, the company is under FBI’s loupe. Uber faces FBI investigation for potentially using software to illegally interfere with its competitors.
The probe, led by FBI office in New York and the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan is concentrated over defunct Uber program, known internally as “Hell.” This program is created to follow the drivers who work for rival service Lyft Inc.
An Uber spokesman, referring to prosecutors in the Southern District of New York, said: “We are cooperating with the SDNY investigation.” He declined to offer additional details.
People familiar with the issue explained the way that “Hell” worked: Uber created fake Lyft customer accounts, tricking Lyft’s system into believing prospective customers were seeking rides in various locations around a city. That allowed Uber to see which Lyft drivers were nearby and what prices they were offering for various routes, similar to how such information appears when an authentic Lyft app is opened on a user’s smartphone, these people said.
The “Hell” program also was utilized to obtain data about the drivers who worked for both companies and whom Uber could convince them by giving them money in order to leave Lyft.
Both network, Uber, and Lyft are based in San Francisco, California. More and more people are registering to become Uber and Lyft drivers.
A woman who works as a driver for both companies says that she’s done better with Uber, since it is in more cities, and is many riders are more familiar with it. But also mentioned that Lyft has one big advantage: “There is a great tipping feature in Lyft, where the passenger can choose to tip at the end of the ride,” she said.
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