Uber is a smartphone-based application that connects riders to drivers as an alternative to taxicabs, limos and buses. Here are the five levels in ascending order of price:
Taxi – A regular taxi with 20% tip and a booking fee added.
UberX – An economy car with a lower price than the other options.
Black Car – Per the name, a black car, usually larger than an UberX, and much more available.
SUV – Similar to the Black Car but holds more passengers.
LUX – A luxury car with a luxury price.
The rates do go up during times of high demand, but you get priority if you are in a hurry.
The 5 reasons:
1 – We all have smartphones now, and it’s easy to find a ride. You always know exactly where it is on its way to you and where all the available cars are.
2 – It’s cool! You use the app to order a ride, and then when you see on your phone it is arriving (they also text you), you can walk out and step right in! Makes you feel like a rock star or a politician, bring your own security…
3 – They are putting it to the Man. The drivers are all entrepreneurs who use their own vehicles and set their own schedules. The Man is fighting back and trying to shut them down by limiting access to airports or other places taxis are plentiful. It will be interesting to see where this goes since cabs are highly regulated in many areas.
4. – It’s seamless – no explaining to the driver where you want to go. You just enter the pickup and destination information into the app and it sends that to the driver. Also, there’s no fumbling at the end of the ride pulling money out and dropping your driver’s license in the vehicle like in a cab.
5. – Finally, it appears in my limited experience to be higher quality than most regular taxis. The drivers take pride in their rides and keep them clean and sparkling. The upper levels cost a bit more but are worth it due to the reasons mentioned here.
Uber goes well with the enjoyment of craft beer - the ultimate designated driver!
Laissaze les bon temps rouler!
Today I bring you pictures of some of the attendees of the Great American Beer Festival.
There are many themes - some whimsical, some disturbing. But everyone’s having a great time!
This one is not really a costume but still exceeds normalcy…
The attendees of the Great American Beer Festival began lining up early.
The line stretched around the convention center, but the reports were that it moves fast once it starts. I’m not sure if I could wait at the front of the line without a porta-potty.