Uber is a mobile application which basically contacts people who want a ride with people who can provide this ride. Everyone with a smartphone may download the app and sign up as a driver or as a passenger. Uber’s services are available almost all around the world and may be a cheap and convenient alternative for a taxi as well as for public transport.
Uber was founded in 2009 by Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp, initially, as “UberCab”. First, it was launched in San Francisco and after a great success, it has spread to other cities of United States and finally, it has expanded internationally. Since the beginning, many improvements have been made and new features have been introduced to ensure the best service quality accompanied by an affordable price. Offering a completely transformed approach to transportation business, Uber gained the worldwide popularity that is still growing.
You can start your Uber adventure by creating an account on their website. It is important to know that Uber provides you with completely cashless rides, so you need a valid credit card or PayPal account to use their services. After signing up download and install free Uber app which is available from the Apple App Store, the Google Play Store, and the BlackBerry App World. Then log in when you open the app – and that’s it. You are a valid user.
After signing in you choose a certain vehicle type which best suits your needs. There are up to five options depending on the city you’re in.
UberX is some random everyday car that can take up to four people. This is the cheapest solution, especially if you travel alone.
UberXL has seating for at least six people. It is usually an SUV or a Minivan and its price is higher than UberX but it is a good option for larger groups.
UberExec or the ‘Black Car’ is the original Uber – the option they started they services with. It is a black high-end sedan for four people.
ExecLarge is a premium solution for bigger groups for a higher price.
UberTaxi is a real taxi that has an agreement with Uber. The only difference is that you pay for the ride by Uber and not straight to the taxi driver.
Now, as you already have your account created and app downloaded you may start using it. After logging in you need to choose one of the vehicle options mentioned above. Then you leave a mark on the app map. This mark represents the location where your driver will be sent to pick you up. You can also manually type in the location. After that, you should confirm your choice and payment method (which is set according to your choices during account creation). You will get an estimation of waiting time and then, the only thing you need to do is to wait patiently in the exact spot that you marked in the app.
Apart from casually matching drivers with passengers, Uber prepared also various specific offers adapted to different needs of their customers. One of them is Uber for Business. It was created to help companies to manage their employees travels. It comes with a centralized billing linked to all employees, improved transparency of rides and better team management.
Another great option is UberPool which matches all riders heading in the same direction. Thanks to that they may split their payment and pay for such ride much less than usual.
It’s really worth a try!
As we mentioned before, Uber also helps you to save your money. How is it done? By cooperation with Picodi, of course! Visit our website https://www.picodi.com/ie/uber and check our great Uber promo codes, for example, a discount on your first ride or special discounts prepared for the occasion of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.