Ubercab: a step above the yellow taxi

Ubercab: a step above the yellow taxi

Summary: I got light of a new service called Ubercab from my friend Matt Hunter a few weeks ago, and I finally tried it out today.The service is way simpler than flagging down a regular taxicab, and only a small percentage more expensive.

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I got light of a new service called Ubercab from my friend Matt Hunter a few weeks ago, and I finally tried it out today.

The service is way simpler than flagging down a regular taxicab, and only a small percentage more expensive.

From the iPhone app, you simply click the "Pick Me Up" button. The phone geo-locates you and tells you how long until your driver will be there. For us, it was a quick 2 minutes.

The driver pulled up in an all-black Mercedes and asked where I wanted to go. He has an iPhone app that talks to the Ubercab servers to determine how much your ride will cost. When we arrived, there was no exchange of funds, he simply said "have a nice day".

Less than 5 minutes later, I got an email for the receipt, which was just slightly more expensive than it would have been to ride in a regular taxi.

Ubercab is currently only in San Francisco, but expect other cities to pop up on the map in the next 30 days. If you are in the bay area, they are doing 50% off rides on Saturday.

Would you use this service? I think it's awesome because it's so convenient. You get what you pay for... you don't have to worry about talking to that creepy taxi driver, or worry about if the driver takes cards or not.

I will definitely use Ubercab in the future.

Topics: iPhone, Apps, Servers, Smartphones

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  • RE: Ubercab: a step above the yellow taxi

    If there's an UberCab for my BlackBerry, and it's available in Toronto, Montreal, or Ottawa, I will use this service.
    mheartwood
    • You need to ditch your BlackBerry, it makes you look stupid.

      Get Android or iPhone.
      DonnieBoy
      • More to the point

        Your response makes you "look stupid"

        I find it fascinating the levels to which humans will drop in order to appease their feelings of disastisfaction with themselves.
        :|
        Tim Cook
      • You need to respect others

        @DonnieBoy

        Not respecting others who prefer a BlackBerry (or, as in my case, a Nokia), that's what makes you look stupid.
        Daniel Breslauer
      • RE: Ubercab: a step above the yellow taxi

        Blackberries work as well or better than iphone it all boils down to choice and what works for you. DON"T dis someone because they don't chose what you do.
        @DonnieBoy
        RobertMoore12@...
  • Nice looking cab

    Better than my old Toyota Corolla with cloth seating...
    Roque Mocan
  • RE: Ubercab: a step above the yellow taxi

    "... you don?t have to worry about talking to that creepy taxi driver ..."
    Why? Is the driver a robot, ala Total Recall; or are you just a snob?
    dgari
    • Yeah, I was wondering the same...

      @dgari <br>A creepy taxi driver? What sort of a comment is that?! So, somehow, Ubercab drivers are not creepy, and all the other ones can be or are? That's just plain weird thinking, Andrew!
      naibeeru
  • RE: Ubercab: a step above the yellow taxi

    I think its a amazing discovery of Ubercab service,Hope it would have better features and will give its better results to the users.It has different features comparitevely to the iPhone application, where we simply click the ???Pick Me Up??? button.Really i like this article because it give me lot and unique information.
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