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http://www.businessinsider.com/peop...re-likely-to-accept-uber-surge-pricing-2016-5

Uber can tell when your phone is running out of juice - and it has figured out that a low battery is a strong indicator as to whether you're likely to accept surge pricing.

In an interview with NPR's Hidden Brain podcast, Uber's head of economic research, Keith Chen, explained how Uber's data team can find weird patterns in its user behavior.

"...One of the strongest predictors of whether or not you are going to be sensitive to surge - in other words, whether or not you are going to kind of say, oh, 2.2, 2.3, I'll give it a 10 to 15 minutes to see if surge goes away - is how much battery you have left on your cell phone," Chen said.

Uber has found that those with a low battery tend to accept the surge price regardless because they need a ride home that minute, instead of waiting an extra 15 for the surge to possibly go down, Chen explains.

And before you think Uber is spying on you, the app can tell when a phone's battery is running low so that it knows when to go into power saving mode, according to NPR.

Chen, however, swears that the company never artificially inflates that surge pricing, even if it knows you're more likely to accept a premium. It's simply an interesting human behavior that the company has seen in its data.

"And we absolutely don't use that to kind of like push you a higher surge price, but it's an interesting kind of psychological fact of human behavior," Chen said.
 

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"And we absolutely don't use that to kind of like push you a higher surge price, but it's an interesting kind of psychological fact of human behavior," Chen said.
Wow he couldn't even say it without stumbling on his words!

Ha ha ha
 

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http://www.businessinsider.com/peop...re-likely-to-accept-uber-surge-pricing-2016-5

Uber can tell when your phone is running out of juice - and it has figured out that a low battery is a strong indicator as to whether you're likely to accept surge pricing.

In an interview with NPR's Hidden Brain podcast, Uber's head of economic research, Keith Chen, explained how Uber's data team can find weird patterns in its user behavior.

"...One of the strongest predictors of whether or not you are going to be sensitive to surge - in other words, whether or not you are going to kind of say, oh, 2.2, 2.3, I'll give it a 10 to 15 minutes to see if surge goes away - is how much battery you have left on your cell phone," Chen said.

Uber has found that those with a low battery tend to accept the surge price regardless because they need a ride home that minute, instead of waiting an extra 15 for the surge to possibly go down, Chen explains.

And before you think Uber is spying on you, the app can tell when a phone's battery is running low so that it knows when to go into power saving mode, according to NPR.

Chen, however, swears that the company never artificially inflates that surge pricing, even if it knows you're more likely to accept a premium. It's simply an interesting human behavior that the company has seen in its data.

"And we absolutely don't use that to kind of like push you a higher surge price, but it's an interesting kind of psychological fact of human behavior," Chen said.
Why would a driver want to wait to see isna surge will go down? Wouldnt it be just the opposite or am I reading this wrong?
 

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This explains why Uber sometimes does app upgrades without us even noticing a difference. What else are they sneaking in?
 

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This is one of the most sinister companies ever to come forth. The fact that they can seriously insinuate that they sneakily look at low battery level indicator but expect people to believe they don't use that information to their advantage is absurd.
 

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http://www.businessinsider.com/peop...re-likely-to-accept-uber-surge-pricing-2016-5

Chen, however, swears that the company never artificially inflates that surge pricing, even if it knows you're more likely to accept a premium. It's simply an interesting human behavior that the company has seen in its data.

"And we absolutely don't use that to kind of like push you a higher surge price, but it's an interesting kind of psychological fact of human behavior," Chen said.
Said the company that claimed drivers make $100K and that profits go up for drivers with each rate cut.
 

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There you have it. No more phone chargers for pax. Although there's a fine line between them getting desperate and paying the surge and not having a phone and taking a taxi.
 

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Why would a driver want to wait to see isna surge will go down? Wouldnt it be just the opposite or am I reading this wrong?
Yes, you're reading it wrong. It's about the passengers phone. And why would an Uber driver want surge? Isn't Uber "partners" bragging point how cheap the are compared to taxi's.....unless you need a ride, then it's OK for an Uber driver to screw over passengers with outrageous rates. ;-)
 

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This is one of the most sinister companies ever to come forth. The fact that they can seriously insinuate that they sneakily look at low battery level indicator but expect people to believe they don't use that information to their advantage is absurd.
Exactly, and they're too stupid to keep their mouth shut!
 
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