An attack on a Russian taxi firm last week resulted in a large number of cabs in Moscow being directed to the same spot. This company oversees more than 700,000 drivers throughout Russia. When the cabs arrived, there were no passengers waiting outside; instead, the roadways were completely clogged by irate drivers, and the police were trying to calm things down.
See for yourself how taxi queues form in the streets as they wait for their phantom customers.
The affected company, Yandex. Taxi, which functions similarly to Uber, issued a statement to Russian media sources explaining that on September 1, they were the target of an “attempt by attackers to disrupt the service,” but that their security protocols were able to quickly stop the traffic of cars – though we are unsure if the videos shared online would agree.
Numerous orders to the same location in Moscow affected several dozen drivers. As drivers realized what had happened, there was a 40-minute period of traffic gridlock. The company has already announced that drivers will be compensated for the revenue they will have lost as a result of the incident.
Yandex claims that the problem has been fixed and that their upgraded algorithm will stop such occurrences in the future.