Uber is being investigated by the FBI over software program it allegedly used to trace Lyft drivers.
It’s alleged that from 2014 to 2016, Uber used a ‘Hell’ program that allowed it to trace Lyft drivers. This system noticed Uber create pretend journey accounts on Lyft and it was in a position to make use of these accounts to observe what number of Lyft drivers have been obtainable in choose areas at particular instances. If Uber discovered a scarcity of Lyft drivers in an space, it may fill these gaps in actual time with its personal autos.
The Wall Street Journal experiences that the FBI’s New York workplace is heading up the probe and has been joined by the Manhattan US legal professional’s workplace.
It’s reported that Uber’s ‘Hell’ program was additionally used to determine drivers utilizing each Lyft and Uber and allowed the ride-hailing firm to supply incentives to drivers to lure them away from Lyft.
In an announcement supplied to The Verge, an Uber spokesperson mentioned “We’re cooperating with the investigation.”