If you travel to any significant degree, and you’re not using Uber, well…you should be.
Have you ever seen on TV those washing boards used to clean clothes before machines? Someone would go out into a river or something, and rub the clothes on the board until…I don’t know what. I guess until enough of the filth became invisible.
That’s what taking a taxi is like in 2014.
Here are the motions:
- To start off, you need to have a horrendous phone call with a cab company (not answering, rude, inaccurate, etc.) which you had to look up in the first place
- Then you wait, not knowing what you’re looking for or how long it’ll take
- Then you see a dilapidated vehicle pull up, driven by a highly annoyed/rude/cynical cab driver
- You then endure their constant phone calls while you drive
- Finally, you get massive attitude when you pull out a credit card, as they think people in 2014 walk around with tons of cash on them at all times
Of course not ever experience is like this. But for me it’s over half, which rounds up to all.
Now let’s see how this same ride happens on Uber:
- You open your app and within 15 seconds have given the service your exact location
- The app then shows you exactly who’s coming to get you, and how long it’ll take them to get there (it even shows you their car as it comes towards you on a map)
- The person gets there, gets out of the car, greets you by name, and helps you with your luggage
- The driver then proceeds to offer you water, gum, or whatever while inquiring about your day, where you’re heading, etc. If and when they have to take a call, they apologize for it, and keep it short and quiet.
- When you get to your destination, YOU JUST GET OUT. You don’t have to interact with the driver about payment at all—it’s all handled through the app.
- So the driver gets out, helps you with your luggage, and you’re on your way.
The difference between these two transportation experiences cannot be overstated. If you travel at all, this is an app for your home screen.
[ Uber ]
- Sadly, I have no affiliation with Uber.