Uber is a town car service that let’s you ping a ride via iPhone, Android or SMS. I’ve been hearing about the service in the press for the past year and was excited to hear they are planning to now take over Seattle.
So let’s see… what do I think of Uber? I’ll tell you about my night!
My friend and I are notorious for walking everywhere in Seattle. Last night, we decided to go for a walk. We walked from the Udistrict to Capital Hill to Downtown Seattle. (Phew!)
Couple ‘O Pics from our night out –
At the end of our gallavanting around Seattle, we decided it was time to test out Uber. Sitting downtown by Pike’s, I whipped out my Andriod, pulled open the Uber app, and hit call driver.
The parts of the app I thought were cool were that you received the name and number for your driver right off the bat. Another part of the app I thought was neat was that the driver was visible on the map via GPS so you could see how far away they were from picking you up. About 8 minutes after pinging the driver, our black car rolls up.
The driver was friendly, the car was clean (and swanky!), and we had a quick ride back to the Udistrict. Immediately, after I stepped out of the car, I got an email on my phone telling me how much the ride had cost with receipt. No hassle with payment, no hassle with tips – awesome!
I feel like the last time I took a cab from downtown it was maybe $5 less? (Roughly about the same) After this experience, I would definitely use Uber again for ease of use and the non-sketchyness of the driver. In the past, whenever I take a cab, I haven’t felt as comfortable as often cab drivers drive like maniacs or hit on you.
Next time I have a night out with friends – I’ll use Uber.
Note from Uber : “The first secret Ubers hit the road yesterday, that is our beta cars we’re excited, it’s been a journey. This is not full launch and supply is pretty limited during this phase but we are encouraging people to ride to we can start ironing things out. “