Uber is a ride sharing app that connects passengers with drivers. With a presence in over 40 countries and over 100 cities around the world, Uber lets you privately hire a driver at an affordable price with just one click.
Your very own personal driver
Uber is an alternative to regular taxis; instead of hailing a cab on the street or booking one over the phone, this app lets you to order a private driver with the click of a button.
With Uber, you can choose between five categories of vehicles ranging from economy (uberX) to luxurious (LUX), although these options aren't available in every city.
Before ordering a driver, you can get a quote by entering your starting point and your destination. While it's only an estimate, it's pretty accurate to what you'll pay.
Unlike traditional taxis, payment is done solely through the app. You can pay by credit card, PayPal, or Google Wallet, and even split the bill with your fellow travelers. You can also use codes to get discounts on a journey.
After the trip, Uber lets you to rate the service and leave a comment that can be accessed by other users. Note that drivers can also leave comments about their clients.
Find your ride (and follow your driver)
To use Uber, you must first register for the service. You'll need to enter your personal information (name, email address, phone number, and bank details or PayPal account), as well as set up a password. Once connected, a map appears with your location.
Calling a driver is very simple. Using geolocation, Uber automatically detects where you are and offers a pick-up point. This can also be set manually on the map. Then, all you have to do is press the button to call a driver; the one closest to you will be notified of your request. If the driver accepts, you will receive an SMS with confirmation. Thanks to geo-location, you'll also be able to follow the driver in real time on the map as he makes his way.
Everything is done directly through the app, so you'll never have to call or worry about having enough cash on you to pay, and the service is generally much better and more personal than your regular taxi service.
A regular taxi's worst enemy
There's a reason why Uber angers traditional taxi drivers: the service appeals to a lot of people because it's easy to use, is more personal than getting a taxi, and has very affordable rates.