What is Uber? Uber is an on demand private driver. Basically you download an app for your iPhone or Android device, sign up with a credit card and you are good to go. When you need a taxi, car or SUV service you open the app and hit “Request” and the vehicle shows up. Easy breezy. This isn’t a new service — it’s been around in Chicago for months. Tonight was the first time I ever used it though. It is great.
I opted for the taxi service tonight, which bills at regular taxi rates (no additional surcharges) but you are required to tip 20%. The best part, you don’t have to deal with cash (which I never carry any more) or have to fight with the driver who doesn’t want to take a credit card.
The rundown of the ride tonight: I order the taxi via the mobile app, it arrives in 4 minutes, I am home in 10 minutes and ended up paying $0.66 more than I usually do (mostly because he was going west when he picked me up and we had to go east). There is a premium charged if you want a town car or an SUV, but if you have multiple people that might make more sense.
Currently Uber is available in the following Cities:
- The Hamptons
- Los Angeles
- New York City
- San Diego
- San Francisco
- Vancouver, BC
- Washington DC