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?
Michael Manville, Professor of Urban Planning, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.
Chris Pangilinan, Head of Global Policy for Public Transportation, Uber.
Anne Richman, Executive Director, Transportation Authority of Marin.
Joshua Schank, Chief Innovation Officer, LA Metro.
Harry Campbell, Founder and CEO, The Rideshare Guy (Moderator)