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New 'SurgeProtector' app designed to help riders avoid Uber price spikes

The Uber taxi app is creating controversy across the globe. Image by bfishadow / CC BY 2.0
New app to aid Uber users. Image by bfishadow / CC BY 2.0

A new, free app called SurgeProtector was released yesterday to help consumers who use Uber and similar services avoid surge pricing. The app, which taps into the Uber API, helps users order a car directly to the nearest non-surging area around them. SurgeProtector developers say Uber has not objected to the app and its development is unlikely to hurt Uber’s revenue. Read more: buzzfeed.com