New book on a world-famous taxi industry has been launched to coincide with its release.
Carpooling book Uber is to be published by the bookseller on Thursday.
The book, titled Uber’s Secret, is set to detail the inner working of the company, which has seen more than 1 billion journeys made in less than a decade.
Its publication comes as Uber’s parent company, Uber Technologies, has been embroiled in a legal battle with a rival taxi company, Lufthansa, over charges of unfair competition.
The company’s valuation has soared since the company took over from former US car-sharing firm Lyft, which was acquired by Uber in a $680bn deal in 2016.
The latest book details how Uber’s drivers have used their personal cars for longer distances than other cab drivers, and how drivers are compensated more than other taxi drivers.
Uber drivers have also been more likely to use personal vehicles when they are driving more than 200km (124 miles) to a destination, and more likely than other cabbies to drive within the city limits.
The car rental business, meanwhile, has suffered a massive decline, with its market share dropping to just 5% in 2019, down from 18% a decade ago.
A spokesman for the company said: “Uber’s Secret is an in-depth look at the lives of our drivers and the world of Uber’s core business.
It’s an eye-opening look at why some of the biggest names in the industry, from the world-renowned chefs to the most famous chefs in the world, have chosen to remain with us.”
We have a team of over 80 people across Europe and North America, and we’re committed to delivering a great book to readers, but the work is only just beginning.
“The book is being published by Routledge, a division of Random House.
Routledge said the book was about “the incredible work and sacrifices behind the scenes” of Uber drivers.
It said the company was a “world leader in helping people connect with drivers and their customers”.
Uber has a global network of more than 60,000 drivers.