Initial SetupThe first thing you’ll need to do in order to use Uber is to sign up for the service. This can be done directly on your phone, or on Uber’s website.
In addition to your basic information, you’ll be asked for your credit card details and your mobile phone number. The latter is needed to send you request confirmations and for the driver to contact you in case he can’t find you. Many people feel uncomfortable entering this information, but the reason for it is simple: Uber will never ask for it again, and requesting a ride only takes a few seconds.
Your credit card information is stored securely and you won’t need to have your card with you next time you ride an Uber. The amount will automatically be charged when you step out of the car, but don’t worry, your financial details are safe with Uber: we’ve tried it, and have only been charged when actually riding an Uber car. Once you complete the registration process, you’re all set and can request a cab immediately.
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Step 1: Requesting a RideWhenever you need a ride, requesting one is a breeze with Uber. When you launch the application, you’ll be shown a map with your location and a pin that you can move, in case you’d like the driver to meet you at the corner of the street for example.
Black Car / Sedan: This is the default Uber ride and also the one that made the service so popular. Uber has a sense of style associated with its name, and so-called Black Cars are the key element to this image. Requesting a Black Car means your driver will pick you up in a gorgeous luxury sedan so you can travel comfortably and in style.
Van / SUV: Because you don’t always ride Ubers alone, you can always request a bigger car, which will be as stylish – if not more – than a “regular” Black Car. These big SUVs can accommodate up to 7 people to make sure you get a comfy ride next time you go clubbing with your friends.
Moto: No matter how stylish your ride is, getting stuck in traffic jams is annoying. Don’t worry though, with Uber’s motorcycles, you can quickly cut through and get to your destination a lot faster than you would if you were in a car. The motorbikes are very comfortable, feature actual seats and a trunk. For safety, the driver will provide you with a net, a helmet and jacket. This also prevents you from being cold or wet, in case the weather is acting up.
Now that you’ve selected your ride and know its estimated time of arrival, you can go ahead and request it. You’ll be shown the exact address communicated to the driver and the credit card on which you’ll be charged. You can change this information if you need to, and also apply a promotion code if you forgot to put it in while signing up.
Step 2: Experience Riding in StyleWhile you wait for your driver, you can check your ride’s location on the map, see the driver’s name, the car’s model and plate number and have the option to call the driver if needed.
The screen shown while you wait for your driverFor most vehicle types, Uber has very strict guidelines that require the cars to be luxurious and well equipped. Therefore, almost all cars feature leather upholstery, satellite navigation, personal climate controls, Bluetooth connectivity and tainted windows, not to mention other pleasant surprises you may encounter, depending on the car. Similarly, all Black Cars and SUVs are required to have a little bottle of water and other amenities, such as a mobile phone charger, soft drinks, tissues and more.
Uber prices are calculated in such a way that tips are automatically included, to make it even simpler for you. The only thing you should do after your ride is to rate your driver, as the application will automatically pop back on your screen prompting you to do so.
More DetailsFrom our personal test, french prices were fair and quite close to regular taxis. However, pricing calculations are very different from country to country, which is why you should have a look at what to expect before requesting a cab – we’ve been told Canadian prices are higher than the others.
Uber is currently available in the US, Canada, France, Italy, the UK, Germany, Sweden, Singapore, Australia and the Netherlands. You can check a list of the corresponding cities on Uber’s website.
Based on our information, Uber should also soon be available in Dubai, Seoul, Honolulu, Auckland, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Mexico City, Perth, Zurich, Tokyo, Taipei, Prague, Rome and Oslo. Unfortunately, we have no specific details on when these cities will become active.
Final thoughtsHowever, even if it seems pricey, riding with Uber has always been a pleasure for us: nice cars, friendly drivers and hassle-free experience. Because we’ve come to know the service very well, we can really recommend it to our readers. You won’t be disappointed by the great and reliable quality!
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