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Uber and Lyft drivers at a DC airport trigger surge pricing by turning off apps at the same time | Daily Mail Online

Drivers for Uber and Lyft admit to manipulating the ride sharing apps so that customers will have to pay for a price surge.

A group of up to 150 drivers routinely use the trick while waiting in the parking lot for passengers at Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Virginia.

The drivers artificially inflate the fare by simultaneously turning off their apps for a couple of minutes.

This tricks the app into thinking that there are no drivers available, which leads to a ‘price surge.’

Surge pricing is a method used by businesses whereby an algorithm determines the cost of a product based on market demand at that particular moment.

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Uber and Lyft drivers at a DC airport trigger surge pricing by turning off apps at the same time | Daily Mail Online.

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