Uber is adding a new feature that lets customers split the cost of a ride among multiple passengers, according to a report from The New York Times on Monday.
The car e-hailing service is including the new feature in its next iPhone and Android software updates. After you request a ride, you can tap on the arrow next to the driver's information and select the "split fare" option. You pick which friends are helping you pay for the fare through your address book.
Your friends will get a text message from Uber that will link them to … Read more
Taxi and limousine alternative Uber has expanded its London service to include UberX, a lower-priced option with lower-end cars.
"We're merging the value of minicabs with the efficiency and instant gratification of Uber," the company said on a blog post on Wednesday. The service is only in beta to start, so as the company ramps up, there may be occasions when customers only have the option to use the higher-priced UberLux option.
The UberX service uses cars such as the BMW 3 Series sedan or Toyota Prius.
Fees are significantly cheaper than the UberLux service, which uses … Read more
Car-hire app startup Uber is expanding service to the well-heeled Hamptons this week ahead of the Independence Day holiday, a little more than two months after New York gave it the green light as the first taxi-hailing app to operate in city.
And to celebrate, Uber would be pleased to offer a $3,000 helicopter lift to the tony stretch of Long Island.
Starting Wednesday and running through Labor Day weekend, New Yorkers can summon a private driver to the Hamptons using the startup's iPhone or Android apps, or its mobile site at m.uber.com. One-way flat rates … Read more
Los Angeles is the newest in a long line of cities to pick a fight with ride-sharing apps. Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar all received cease-and-desist letters from the Los Angeles Department of Transportation on Monday.
The Department of Transportation claims the companies are operating "unlicensed commercial transportation service in the City of Los Angeles in violation of Los Angeles Municipal Code." The Department is demanding that the companies halt all vehicle operations "immediately."
"In the interest of public safety, your company and all drivers and vehicles dispatched via your mobile app sysem [sic] are hereby … Read more
Miami officials have proposed changes to the city's limousine service ordinance, essentially allowing Uber's black car service to finally operate within the area.
The proposal would allow a "digital dispatch software provider," i.e. Uber to apply for a limousine service license and wipe out a slew of restrictions that have hindered Uber's entry into the lucrative Miami-Dade County market. Uber contracts with luxury sedans to provide on-demand car service, and limousine laws govern those operations.
These hindering restrictions include requiring a passenger to request a car an hour before the pick-up time, rendering Uber'… Read more
When an Apple rep initially contacted eBay about developing a proprietary app back in 2008, the latter hadn't even heard of the iPhone or Objective-C. But seeing the potential of mobile software, a number of eBay employees believed that developing a mobile app would profit the global commerce and payments leader in the long run. In early 2009, they began raising funds for the formation of a mobile-specific group and commissioned an outside company to build the first eBay app.
Many software releases later, the app has helped the largest online marketplace blast off into mobile commerce, as eBay'… Read more
Uber is now offering its ride-sharing service -- which lets users get rides from people in their personal cars -- at prices lower than taxi cabs, the company announced today.
The peer-to-peer service uberX, which mimics the models of companies like Lyft and Sidecar, will now have fares in San Francisco that are 10 percent lower than taxi prices, according to Uber. San Francisco is just now seeing this competitive pricing that Uber's other ride-share cities already have, aside from New York. UberX in Seattle, San Diego, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Boston are cheaper than taxis.
"This is … Read more
Clearing the way for services like Uber, an appellate court Thursday lifted a temporary injunction on New York City's pilot plan to allow travelers to hail yellow cabs via smartphone. The plan, which challenges the traditional curbside street hail, has faced strong opposition from New York's livery and black-car operators.
Uber had just launched its New York taxi-hailing pilot program at the end of April when the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division issued the emergency injunction.
Today's news came just hours after another related legal victory for Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration. His plan to expand … Read more