Uber is the app that is taking the US by storm and has already reached several European cities. It is not only an alternative to other ways of ordering a taxi, it is also a new way of looking at this service that is based on new technologies and seeks to provide all the facilities to the user.
Those of us who use the taxi service with some frequency know that there are already numerous apps to order a taxi that allow you to request a vehicle in the place where we are. They are available in the main cities of Europe and America and, of course, in some cities in Spain. Among the most popular are services such as wannataxi and By-Taxias well as other more innovative ones such as Join Up Taxi.
Given the relative popularity of apps to order a taxiwhen i heard about uber It called my attention. What is so special about this service that it has become a Silicon Valley favorite? And, above all, why have investors like Jeff Bezos (Amazon) and Goldman Sachs, among others, invested up to 32 million dollars in this company?
The answer is that uber has reinvented the taxi, taking elements of this service and mixing them with others typical of private car fleets. Unlike the services that allow you to order a conventional taxi, uber it shows you the position of nearby vehicles, an estimate of the time needed to be picked up and, in addition, you can choose between several types of vehicle: the standard is a distinguished sedan, but you can opt for an SUV or a utility model. All of them are vehicles in perfect magazine condition, in black and with a carefully dressed driver. Each type of vehicle has a corresponding rate, so you can choose the one you need, whether you want affordable transportation to go to a meeting, or a vehicle that allows you to transport a rock band loaded with their instruments.
The differences do not end there. Once you arrive at your destination, you won’t have to worry about carrying cash or whether the driver accepts credit cards. uber it is also a taximeter and, once you press the corresponding button, the appropriate amount will be charged to the card associated with your account. The only step that remains for you to take is to rate the driver so that other users (and the guys from uber) know if you have reached your destination safely or have had to put up with a rude and reckless driver.
Uber is already in many cities in the US and in some European ones, where the service has been well received. In Spain there is a great demand for a service of this type: services such as patxitaxi they succeed in some of our cities and, personally, I have a small network of trusted taxi driver friends with whom I contact via WhatsApp. They are perfect candidates to drive a uber, since they strive to serve their users. This eliminates the risk of ending up in a dirty, smelly car with a rude driver who forces you to listen to some radio station while
mistreats provides service to its customers. They are not the majority, but they exist.
And you? would you stop using cab forever forever uber? If you are a taxi driver, would you like to drive an Uber-car?