Day: March 14, 2020

Uber will stop providing upfront pricing on rides in California

Uber on Wednesday informed its California customers that it would switch to providing estimates as opposed to fixed prices for its rides in response to a new law that makes it harder to qualify its drivers as contractors.

In an email sent out to riders and seen by Reuters the company said the final price would now be calculated at the end of a trip, “based on the actual time and distance traveled.”

“Due to a new state law, we are making some changes to help ensure that Uber remains a dependable source of flexible work for California drivers,” the company said in the email.

The change applies to all private rides, while upfront prices will continue to be provided for shared, or pooled rides.

The email included a picture displaying an example of a ride request on the Uber

2020 Ford Escape Titanium Drivers’ Notes | Specs, engine, photos

The 2020 Ford Escape is completely new this year, riding on a new platform and featuring a heavily revised design both inside and out. The new Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid models are intriguing, but Ford is also happy to bring the power with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. It’s available on both the SEL and Titanium trims, but we spent our time in the top-of-the-tree Escape Titanium.

Horsepower is up (barely) from last year to 250 horses, and torque is the same 275 pound-feet that it had before. Still, those power numbers are impressive for this segment that’s full of underwhelming acceleration. A 0-60 mph time of 7.4 seconds is quoted from Ford, but you must be running on premium fuel to get maximum performance. The 2.0-liter is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and is only available with all-wheel drive.