For those of you that don’t know, Uber is a mobile app that connects drivers with empty seats with passengers heading the same way, and that too for a small fare. Uber has expanded their on demand ride sharing services to almost 38 countries, and is even available in New Delhi, Hyderabad, Pune, and Mumbai. The Uber app is available on the Apple App Store, and Google Play, but is to still roll out for Windows Phone.
After downloading the app, it detects your position using GPS and finds the nearest driver to you. Some of the parts I liked the most in the app is that users can track the position of the vehicle at any moment in time, pay via their phone, and even divide the fare among your friends or other hitchhikers.
To use the Uber App, you simply need to visit the Uber website and sign up with them. You will need to fill in some basic details like name, phone number, email, and billing information. Next, download the app on your device, and sign in using the credentials you just made on the Uber website. The next step is to choose what vehicle type you want. You have an option to pick from a black sedan, a normal taxi, an everyday car, an SUV, or a high end luxury vehicle. Then you need to set your pick up location, or in other words the location where the vehicle will pick you up from. The last and final step is to go get yourself a nice hot cup of coffee for you to enjoy in your ride, or if you’re lucky Uber might just add that as an add-on service.
Uber has certainly taken the world by storm, and I mean that quite literally. Taxi drivers in France and the UK have even begun protests in the streets, as the app is hurting their livelihoods. Let’s hope things don’t get as extreme here!