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http://www.fox10phoenix.com/news/arizona-news/181449484-story

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (KSAZ) - On any given weekend, thousands of valley residents use Uber to get around town.

Most rides are uneventful, but that was not the case for one Christina Girard, who drives for Uber. When an unruly passenger got into her car, she turned on her camera to record the tense interaction.

This started out as a pretty routine trip for the Uber driver, picking up a passenger from Old Town Scottsdale right after closing time early Sunday morning. She quickly realized that the woman who got in the backseat was not only very drunk, but also put the driver in danger.

Driver: "No, no you can't climb up front.. you need to sit down!"

Passenger: "Why can I not climb up front?!"

Driver: "Go sit down in your seat!"

Girard's cell phone video shows the obviously intoxicated and agitated woman trying to climb up over the console to the front of the mini van while she was driving 65 miles per hour on the Loop 101 freeway.

"My biggest concern was that she was either going to come up in the front and fall on me in such a way that it blocked my ability to drive safely," said Girard.

The woman continued to try to move up front, calling Girard names and at one point, grabbed the back of her neck.

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"She grabbed my neck, yes," said Girard. "That was very scary because I didn't know what else she was capable of and she wasn't in her right mind, so who knew at that point?"

Girard decided to stop the trip and found a safe place to drop the woman off at a fast food restaurant, where the unruly passenger wouldn't budge.

The video ends as Girard called 9-1-1. That's when the woman finally decided to get out.

"It certainly could have been worse and I did get her to a safe location. I wasn't hurt too badly, just shaken up," said Girard.

The passenger left before police arrived at the scene and Girard has no plans to file charges. Releasing the video could get her suspended from Uber, but Girard says she wanted to show people the dangerous situations drivers can face.
 

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SSuber, Thanks for posting that.
Interesting that driver's name was supplied which means Uber now knows her anyway.
Hope pax gets "deactivated".
I was under the impression Uber did not approve of cameras until I found this.
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I have thought about installing a camera, but I decided pax would find it too invasive. So far, no incidents.

Wonder why the driver feared retribution from Uber for publishing the video? It contravenes their mega contract where we agreed not to portray Uber in a negative light?
 

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I have thought about installing a camera, but I decided pax would find it too invasive.
Use a discrete camera like the BlackVue 650 two camera setup, with the main camera mounted behind the rear view mirror, pointing forward, and the second camera mounted above the rear view mirror, pointed into the car.
 

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uberist what camera are you using? Sounds like what I would like to end up with!
Grand where did you find that? I went through all the uber policies around a month ago to try and find something and didn't find that!
 

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uberist what camera are you using? Sounds like what I would like to end up with!
Grand where did you find that? I went through all the uber policies around a month ago to try and find something and didn't find that!
I use these sign up for promocode and get $10 $20 off

They are not top of the line but they are good for the price.

My power ports come on when I start the car, the cameras are designed to start recording when power is applied so as soon as I start my car they record.

At night you have to remember to hit the IR lights for inside they dont come on automatically
http://www.frys.com/product/8607640?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG
 

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The new Blackvue 650 two camera setup includes automatic IR leds in the second camera, and the cameras are much more discrete.
If you also install the Power Magic Pro, it will power up the camera when you start the car and keep the camera going for a preset time after you turn off the engine. Good for spotting car park bumps.
 

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I bet that idiotic pax did not get deactivated. Instead she probably got an apology from uber, a refund, and $500 worth of free rides.
 

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BLACKVUE DR650GW-2CH
Yes, that's the camera I use, except that the earlier model that I have does not have the LEDs in the second camera. But I don't do Uber at night so not really necessary for me.
 

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The new Blackvue 650 two camera setup includes automatic IR leds in the second camera, and the cameras are much more discrete.
If you also install the Power Magic Pro, it will power up the camera when you start the car and keep the camera going for a preset time after you turn off the engine. Good for spotting car park bumps.
How much to get a pro to do a clean install of one of these?
 

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I have thought about installing a camera, but I decided pax would find it too invasive. So far, no incidents.

Wonder why the driver feared retribution from Uber for publishing the video? It contravenes their mega contract where we agreed not to portray Uber in a negative light?
I would guess it has to do with the passenger's privacy. Even if they are being a ******bag.
 

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A camera will not change the fact. It might intimidate and be used as further proof, but the only thing it does is recording the fact.

What really changes the fact is not driving late at night and not accepting drunk passengers.
 

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FYI, I've had a bunch of pretty intrusive equipment/cameras in my car over the last couple of months, and I only have around 1 per 75 trips where the pax will comment, and most of the time it's purely a conversation point/interest. I've never yet had someone get upset with being filmed.
By intrusive, I mean there are around 5 cameras, one windscreen forward, one rear window to the back. The rest are on the windscreen, one aimed at the driver, one at the front pax, one at the rear, and one down to view the dash controls/etc....

The equipment I have was installed as part of a driver study, once it is removed, I will definitely be getting something installed to replace it (not as intrusive, but I want at least a front camera, internal front camera and a if possible a rear camera.
 

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I asked the Dept of Transport in SA about this and they said for inward facing cameras only way to instal is to have them done b an accredited installer. There must be a whole range of privacy issues regarding this. Like i don't think a pax legaly has to show us any id if we ask for it as we are not police officers so we cant demand it, therefore we have no way of knowing who is actually in the car.
 

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I have thought about installing a camera, but I decided pax would find it too invasive. So far, no incidents.

Wonder why the driver feared retribution from Uber for publishing the video? It contravenes their mega contract where we agreed not to portray Uber in a negative light?
Installing a camera is like an insurance policy, one that you wish you had when shit goes wrong and only thing that will prove your innocence is the camera.
 
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