If a company offers incentives without thinking through, then people will do all to maximize their returns. Here is how Uber is seeing a lot of growth in China. Thanks to fake drivers… and fake passengers!Uber's uber-growth in China, fueled by Fake Drivers and Fake Passengers! #UberChina Click To Tweet
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said in late May that Uber had created 60,000 jobs in China over the past month, and the company is logging more than 100,000 rides a day in China, internal sources told the New York Times. But like most statistics that come out of China, there’s probably a slight margin of error surrounding those figures. That’s because Chinese Uber drivers have been logging in fake rides and signing up for multiple Uber accounts in order to nab the company’s cushy bonuses, according to various reports. Sometimes they even involve accomplices who pretend to be passengers, but go no where. According to business news website iFeng, part of the independent Phoenix Television group, Uber has been offering generous incentives to drivers who ferry passengers on The People’s Uber—the name for the company’s peer-to-peer service in China (known as UberX in most markets and UberPop in Europe). By one account, Uber was handing drivers 300 yuan (about US$50) for every 30 trips and 400 yuan for every 40.