CoMotion LIVE convened on Wednesday, July 15th for Golden State or Problem State? What’s Next for Uber in California, featuring UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs’ Professor of Urban Planning Michael Manville, Uber’s Head of Global Policy for Public Transportation, Chris Pangilinan, Transportation Authority of Marin’s Executive Director Anne Richman, LA Metro’s Chief Innovation Officer Joshua Schank and The Rideshare Guy Founder & CEO Harry Campbell, as moderator.
Born in San Francisco: California has always been Uber’s first and most important market. But the relationship between the state and the company hasn’t always been smooth sailing. Both parties are now duking it out over whether drivers, the lifeblood of Uber’s business, are contractors or employees. This is a battle with nationwide ramifications that will only get fiercer as Uber closes on Postmates and its army of delivery workers while simultaneously racing to roll out new features like transit dispatching (now live in Marin, CA), testing its fleet of self-driving cars, and working to keep one step ahead of the economic strains caused by the pandemic. With so many possible moves to make, what comes next for Uber, and what will that mean for its operations both in and out of the Golden State?