Uber fares hit a minimum $100 due to the app's surge pricing algorithm. (Source: Getty)
Taxi firm Uber
is offering customers in Sydney free rides out of the city’s central business district, where at least one gunman is currently holding a group of people hostage in a cafe.
The company initially posted on Twitter
that “fares have increased to encourage more drivers to come online & pick up passengers in the area”, before announcing about an hour later that it would be offering rides for free.
In a statement
it added that it would be refunding rides paid during hours when the price surged.
Uber’s pricing is based on an algorithm that sends prices higher whenever demand rapidly increases in an area.
A zone surrounding Martin Place in Sydney’s business district has been cordoned off as police work on the hostage situation at a Lindt chocolate cafe/shop. So far, five people are known to have got out of the under-siege building.