When it comes to killer apps, not many come to mind which can surpass Uber. It totally revolutionized the transport industry and was received with mixed feelings by both local officials and taxi associations around the world.
But what is Uber exactly? It’s a ride sharing service where you can get a ride from a driver any time you need it. Whether you just finished at a party and had too much to drink, or you need to be somewhere fast and can’t wait for a friend, Uber can help you get from one place to another. Uber employs normal people who use their own vehicle to transport Uber clients to where they want to go. Uber is based in most cities and has a wide reach.
Uber was founded in 2009 in San Francisco, California. Uber began to expand internationally in 2012. By May of 2015, Uber was available in 58 countries and 300 cities worldwide. The Uber app has been given 4.2 stars in the Google play store on over 317,000 reviews and has over ten million downloads. On the Apple iPhone store the Uber app has been given a rating of 3.5 on 290 reviews. The app is popular because it allows people to get a ride from anywhere they are at.
Easy to Use: All you have to do is select a level of service and request an estimated fare before you decide to schedule your ride. You can also compare different service levels. It also tells you how much time it will take for a driver to get you, and how many cars are near your location.
Quick Delivery of Receipt: Within minutes of being dropped off you will be emailed a receipt. The receipt has the drivers name and license plate on it. This can be helpful if you accidentally left an item in the drivers vehicle.
Higher Prices during peak hours: At certain times prices will be higher because there are more people waiting to be picked up. At these times getting a ride with an Uber driver can cost more than it would with a regular taxi. You can either choose to wait until fares lower again, or just decide to take the higher fare.
Faulty GPS Location Services: Sometimes it can be hard for drivers to locate you. If you do not know the address where you are at, drivers may be looking for you somewhere else because they don’t know where you are. It is smart to make sure you have a correct phone number on your account so a driver can call you if he can not find you.
Questionable Drivers: Sometimes, your assigned driver may not know an area well and take longer routes. So it is important to inform yourself beforehand as to what is the best itinerary to get from A to Z quickly or else you might run the risk of spending a few more dollars then expected.
Uber‘s app is handy if you need a ride quick, or if you need a designated driver. The fares are usually cheap, and the cost is most likely less than you would pay for a taxi service or other comparable driving option. The App does have its downside, and it may be bothersome at times to have to wait, but if you are looking for a way to get a quick and inexpensive ride from one location to another, then Uber will work for you.