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Old 06-20-2014, 03:57 PM
 
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach FL
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What do you know about it? What do you think about it? Is it around where you live?

I kind of resisted the notion at first - but this could be an absolutely great thing for seniors who don't want to drive - but don't care to use public transit systems either. Robyn
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Old 06-20-2014, 04:03 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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I'd never heard of it, had to look it up. Sounds great. I would only wonder about the background checks on drivers. I wouldn't want to be in a car with a sociopath or thief behind the wheel. Are you thinking of using it?
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Old 06-20-2014, 04:03 PM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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https://www.uber.com/cities/jacksonville say's it cover that area.

Can be good, Really no difference then calling a Taxi (except it a App, and might cost less, Maybe better service. )

I think the Senior Wave of the Urban future is Google Driver-less slow cabs. Callable from a App.
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Old 06-20-2014, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Sacramento
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Just a taxi alternative, and with the limited screening of drivers you know that eventually we will see some horror stories related to these experiences. Many metro areas have a service where seniors and handicapped folks can call for a van service that provides specific transportation, at a modest price, to seniors. So there are currently similar services to Uber too.

I agree with the other poster though, I suspect some derivative of the Google driver less car will eventually (within a decade) become an alternative for short local trips.
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Old 06-20-2014, 04:23 PM
 
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I say it needs to be regulated just like taxi's. Its really no different.My insurance would not cover use of my car for it has it doesn't cover commercial use which it is.
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Old 06-20-2014, 04:25 PM
 
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I've not used it but it's available in Dallas near me. Very mixed reviews here, people seem to love or hate it, no in-betweens.
Usually more expensive than a taxi, way more expensive for short rides, in Dallas at least. Might not be the case everywhere.

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Can be good, Really no difference then calling a Taxi (except it a App, and might cost less, Maybe better service. )
Far as I know, you can summon a taxi via an App in most or all cities.
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Old 06-20-2014, 05:10 PM
 
Location: VT; previously MD & NJ
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Got tired of looking for basic info about how it works on their web site. Couldn't find anything about whose car is used, or insurance, or licensing of the service, or driver screening. I did find this:

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Uber is not a transportation provider. No need to tip. Flat rates apply to direct trips between specified locations. Additional stops may result in a higher fare. Applicable tolls and surcharges may be added to your fare. At times of intense demand, our rates change over time to keep vehicles available
Not a transportation provider? What do they think it means to give someone a ride in exchange for money? Are they saying this to avoid having to register as a taxi or limo service? And they claim you can call for a ride in the middle of the night and someone will be there in a few minutes?

Don't like this "service."
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Old 06-20-2014, 05:23 PM
 
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I use it extensively. Heck of a lot better than cabs (it's actually reliable) and often times cheaper.

Simple to use. Download the app on your phone, enter your info, then when you want a ride, call it up on the app. The driver picks you up, drops you off and you get a receipt to your email.

Similar service is Lyft.
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Old 06-20-2014, 05:43 PM
 
Location: Baltimore, MD
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I've considered applying for a driver gig.
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Old 06-20-2014, 05:45 PM
 
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach FL
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I say it needs to be regulated just like taxi's. Its really no different.My insurance would not cover use of my car for it has it doesn't cover commercial use which it is.
WRT insurance - well it may be a joke WRT Uber - but it's a joke WRT taxis too. Here in Florida - the cab companies set up different owners for each cab - and only buy the minimum insurance for each cab.

IOW - I don't worry about the insurance aspect (I have plenty of my own insurance no matter whose car I'm traveling in). I do perhaps worry about getting into a car driven by strangers. OTOH - when I go to a lot of cities these days - cabs are being driven by friends/family/neighbors/whatever of the person whose name is on the medallion. Robyn
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