Uber driving is not a new idea it has been around for a few years in large cities around the United States of America, but it is growing rapidly. Uber driving is a service anyone can sign up for, either as a passenger or a driver, with a clean driving record and a background check. The idea of the service is for people that need a ride somewhere; either in a new city, a ride home from the bar, or just across town, they can get on the app on their phone and request a ride, after setting up an account. Then when some one picks you up you drive where you need to go and then pay on the app. This idea has been met with some controversy.
In New York city the company has been around since 2011 and has grown to over 20,000 drivers, which brought a case to limit the number of drivers, which has been dropped. The service is in over 150 cities in the United States. The only states that don’t have Uber drivers are Wyoming, South Dakota, West Virginia, and Alaska. This service has also now been extended to other countries.
Uber has been met with controversy from lawmakers and politicians. They have been called a corporate behemoth and called the Walmart of ride services. However Uber has answered these accusations saying they help local economy, gives a fare system for low income neighborhoods, and provides income for their drivers who get to make their own schedule. The company has hit even bigger hurdles abroad meeting resistance in most of Europe, with France leading the way, saying they are low balling taxi services, by giving rides cheaper then they could. In India the app has a Panic button after accusations of rape by one of its drivers.
This service I believe is here to stay. It is a cheaper alternative to getting around town and when it comes down to it as a society we are looking to do things as cheaply as possible.