Uber is upending the cab and car services industries around the world, although not every one is welcoming them with open arms. Paris taxi drivers recently went on strike to protest Uber’s competitive practices and rates. They had good reason to protest, since Uber drivers are typically at least as reliable as taxicabs, at lower rates.
Uber can do this because they use networks of privately owned automobile owners, as well as more traditional taxi and limo services. Uber allows you to specify the size and kind of vehicle, ranging from anything with wheels to black cars (black four door sedans), taxis, SUVs, and luxury vehicles. Per trip prices are specified before pickup, and paid online or on the app by credit card prior to the trip so there are no surprises.
Your phone’s GPS ability is used to specify your pickup location, and your driver’s location is tracked by the app using his or her phone’s location tracking so you know exactly when to expect your ride to appear.
Uber is literally sweeping the world because it’s proven to be a cheap, reliable alternative to traditional taxi and care hire services. With Uber, you may not have the comfort of knowing that your driver is licensed as a chauffeur, so if you’re the sort of person that trusts bureaucrats to “keep you safe”, you may want to skip this option. Uber has thus far escaped much of the government meddling that currently saddles traditional cab companies, but they do have their own fairly strict criteria for drivers and vehicles. And they thus far have an excellent safety record.
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