SAN FRANCISCO
05/09/2013 04:10 pm ET Updated Jul 09, 2013

Life Behind The Wheel In The New Rideshare Economy

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The young blonde woman sitting shotgun in my car was focused intently on her phone. I had just picked her up from her tech job in San Francisco's SOMA neighborhood -- after dropping off another tech worker at a happy hour nearby -- and was headed toward the Mission, where her coworker was having a house party. I was supposed to be making small talk, exuding friendliness, and playing temporary bestie. But I was starting to feel intrusive.

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