I'll tell you the truth why.
Man is by nature, a herd animal. Prolonged separation from the group is frustrating to him.
Uber, by it's nature, is very individualistic, in fact dam right competitive. There hardly very little fairness to the alogrithm, the rating system puts driver vs driver.
Although we know one driver can't do it all, we can't work as a team because Uber doesn't limit the amount of players to meet demand. It sends drivers all over the place and has nothing waiting for our return, so we don't know where to go next. Or if waiting outside this place or that place will turn up a trip. We are constantly trolling for trips. So we like to have as much source area coverage as possible to keep busy and make money, thus other nearby drivers are competitors. Since we are competitors, this causes a conflict with our natural tendency to want to click up into groups.
Group effort or teamwork, is often much more productive. Also the more advanced notice nature of taxis allows drivers to rest and be available for known trips.
In a taxi company, the drivers are all on a team. It's us vs that other taxi company. The dispatcher is ensuring every driver is making money that day, that the cars are back in the shop for the next shift etc
Uber doesn't give a flying rats ass about its drivers making money or if they are tripless out in the boonies. It just grabs the closest vehicle matching what it needs and **** you if you don't or can't go a road trip for 6 hours, take it or leave it, but choose in 15 seconds or it's gone forever. Deadheading is quite common as there isn't any coordination ahead of time to reduce it.
I never seen so many drivers sleeping in their vehicles, exhausted because Uber sent them on a long trip with nothing but trolling and small trips on the way back.
I take people 2-3 hours to the airports and can't wait there or have a waiting directional trip back near my home? WTF Uber? It tells me to leave the frigging airport for directional trips? Or sends me completely in the opposite direction or a bunch of shorties?
Uber is stupid beyond measure, but they are playing the Microsoft Windows game, make it work just enough so they suffer and hope it someday improves, then shuffle out a few improvements over time.
Stockholm Syndrome Effect.
The last thing Uber wants is us drivers clicking up.
All frigging hostile psychology.
Ok so, the reason why Uber drivers stare at one another is because by our own nature is to group up. Another Uber driver is a fellow bird of a feather. And a fellow competitor.
We also want to know what kind of pax they have and why, because it's our business to know and in our own self interest, try TO STEAL THE GODDAM PAX.
So we are frigging seagulls fighting over a fresh piece of bread tossed out by Lord Uber.