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See Uber drivers -- and a passenger -- brawl over wing mirror

A tech company CEO captures the pulsating moment in London when Uber drivers lose their cool.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


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And the Ubermensches go at it. Seb Bench/Twitter screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

You might find this more exciting than any contest involving Floyd Mayweather.

Though that wouldn't take much.

Here are two Uber drivers trying to settle their differences in the middle of a London street.

The action was captured on Wednesday by one of the Uber passengers, Seb Bench. He's the CEO at Exeat, a digital agency that's part of Exposure Digital. This is a company that claims to offer "creative solutions to business challenges."

He seems to have been taken aback, or at least entertained, by the creativity of the solution to frustration here.

He posted his footage to Twitter, coupled with the words: "When @Uber s collide! From left to right - passenger of other uber - his driver - my driver! Over a wing mirror!"

It seems that one Uber driver may have clipped the other Uber driver's wing mirror. Road rage can happen at any time. But here we apparently don't just have two Uber drivers getting into it. A passenger also gets involved.

Bench told the Evening Standard: "I didn't think it was going to get as feisty as it did. I was in an 'Exec' Uber, a deluxe one. I did not expect this to happen."

I contacted Uber for its scoring of the brawl. A spokeswoman told me: "Uber has a zero-tolerance policy to violence from both riders and drivers on the platform and we have reached out to those involved to get more information. With all incidents of a serious nature, it's our policy to suspend all parties from the platform while we investigate."

I also contacted Bench to ask whether he gave his driver 5 stars. He told me: "1 star, I'm afraid. He started it." He said that no one from the authorities had been in touch with him about the incident, however he hoped that the video would help him raise money for the UK's National Society For The Prevention on Cruelty to Children.

I had always imagined that Uber offers a slightly classier, more refined transportation atmosphere, especially in its executive class. However, there have been passenger claims of violence by Uber drivers. There is concern that when you agree to Uber's terms and conditions you absolve the company of any wrongdoing. Moreover, some municipalities claim that Uber's background checks don't root out criminals.

It's as well to remember that that Uber drivers are humans with all the same foibles and failures as, say, cab drivers.

Sometimes, they go all Ubermensch. Sadly.