Uber mitigates the need for personal property that is the foundation of your livelihood...ask a liberal.
Sounds like a bed bug heaven.An old friend and uber insider tells me they have plans for providing not only cars to interested drivers, but literally hole in the wall living accommodations to drivers, as well. We're talking Japanese-style sleeping berths stacked three high by about three feet wide, many rows of them, communal showers, dining, gym, lounging areas, even a kitchen for those who like to cook for themselves. Full medical. Adjoining parking garages full of Uber spaces.
Parking garages designed to handle maximum number of non-working ubers, generally between 3 and 5 in the morning.
Workers drive in exchange for room and board, plus an hours-based allowance and tips. Bonuses for passing accident-free milestones. If they drive the minimum number of hours (I think it's six), they get no allowance. Eight hours a day gets them half allowance, and ten hours a day (maximum in most states) gets them full allowance. If they drive less than six a day, they run the risk of being kicked to the curb, but they do get a set number of combo sick/personal days each year.
It's a socialists dream.
The only problem is that even liberals in the U.S. are too independent. Most want their own place, even if it's small, where they can have more of their own stuff than they'd have in Uber's dream, even though the facilities in Uber's dream are far more luxirous.
Turns out liberals just don't want to share their living space with others!
Doesn't surprise me.
So, the plans are tabled until they can figure out how to overcome the issues.
My suggestion to him was to include more twists and turns in the design, go vertical with "monkey pods" -- private spaces one must climb stairs to reach, cut the wide open spaces in half and use them for smaller cubby-holes all over the place into which people can doss.
The point is to get away from cubicle mentality. Everyone needs a bit of their own space, and their idea for large, airy open parks was some architect's dream that was cost-killing it.
I reminded him that my home office is where I spend 2/3 of my time and it's just 10'x10' (100 sq ft) with a desk, a work table, large filing cabinet, two bookshelves, dresser, closet (18 sq ft) and an adjoining bathroom (50 sq ft). Add the 70 sq ft kitchen and a pullman bed and we're talking about 238 square feet of living space. Now, I have a good deal more, roughly 1,500 sq ft total, but most of it's largely unused. I told my friend, "Plan for 100 square feet per person for room, bed, desk, dresser, closet, and sink. That's still double what most college freshman have as they share rooms."
Then he interjected and said the guy behind this dream was hooked on the architect's vision of wide-open interior spaces to be shared by all...
Good luck with that. People aren't bees.