The algorithms of Uber, Cabify and Bolt agree on prices and discriminate neighborhoods

Uber, Cabify and Bolt may be violating competition law, consumer protection. Law and undermining the rider law due to their algorithms. This is what a new report that is presented this Wednesday in Barcelona suggests and. That has been prepared by Eticas , the Spanish algorithm auditing firm, together with the non-profit association Observatorio de Trabajo, Algoritmo y Sociedad Observatorio (Observa- TAS) and Taxi Project 2.0 , a European think prices and discriminate tank founded by Spanish taxi drivers. The report’s findings reveal that. The algorithms with which the 3 technology firms price their trips “seem to collude on some of the most important routes. In Andalusia and Madrid , suggesting indirect pricing through their algorithms. The data obtained by those responsible for the report imply that in this way the Uber, Cabify and Bolt systems “could be influencing. The price of trips in a way that harms competition and consumers.

The report does not stop there It also highlights

If so, the 3 companies would be violating the competition law. In its first article, this law defines as “collusive conduct” the “fixing, directly or indirectly, of prices or other commercial or service conditions.” how the data generates “doubts” about Uber and Cabify’s compliance with existing labor rights—this part of the study was carried out with Oman Mobile Number Database interviews with VTC workers and fleet managers of prices and discriminate these 2 companies. “Our interviews show that algorithmic punishments and opaque performance sanctions persist.” The reason why more and more Cabify, Uber and other VTC drivers never come to pick you up: “The journey is not worth it” It also draws algorithmic. Discrimination for socioeconomic reasons, after the report detected “indications that the prices. Of transportation apps tend to be lower in the most affluent neighborhoods.

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They demand that mechanisms be strengthened rider law provision

For these reasons, the signatories of the study – Eticas, Observa-TAS and Taxi Project 2.0 – urge the CNMC. To investigate price fixing by VTC transport platforms “based on the evidence” they provide “and new investigations”. They also demand from the Russian phone number list Ministry of Labor that VTC drivers who work directly for the platform—without intermediaries—be included in the employment provision. Of the rider law and “be recognized as employees” instead of as self-employed.  on algorithmic transparency”, “including the prices and discriminate disclosure of information about algorithmic processes and transparent communication about worker profiling, performance evaluation and payment structures” . Finally, they also encourage authorities to “study the differences observed. In the study of access conditions” to these transportation. Services “depending on geographical location and socioeconomic characteristics.

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