What’s Uber and how does it work?

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Have you heard of Uber? It’s a service in which you can hire a private driver to pick you up and take you to your desired destination for a lower cost than a regular taxi. It was initially launched in San Francisco, California and now operates in 77 countries and 578 cities. The company has been so successful that they are now valued at approximately $70 billion.

File illustration picture showing the logo of car-sharing service app Uber on a smartphone next to the picture of an official German taxi sign in Frankfurt, September 15, 2014. A Frankfurt court earlier this month instituted a temporary injunction against Uber from offering car-sharing services across Germany. San Francisco-based Uber, which allows users to summon taxi-like services on their smartphones, offers two main services, Uber, its classic low-cost, limousine pick-up service, and Uberpop, a newer ride-sharing service, which connects private drivers to passengers - an established practice in Germany that nonetheless operates in a legal grey area of rules governing commercial transportation. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach/Files (GERMANY - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT CRIME LAW TRANSPORT)

In order to use Uber as a passenger, you need to create an account, and then download the free application, which is available on Android, iPhone or Windows.  Once you have an account, you just have to fill out your details and your payment method of choice. When you order an Uber, the nearest driver will come to your doorstep within a matter of minutes. You can even monitor where your driver is while he makes his way to you.  And since your credit card information is on the application, you can also ride without stressing about having cash on you.

Driving for Uber is also a unique job with many perks.  You get to be your own boss, set your own hours, and drive in your own vehicle while making money. What could possibly be more comfortable?  And many Uber drivers can testify that they love their job due to all the people they get to meet.

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Do note, however, that you must be at least 21 years of age to be an Uber driver, as well as have a 4 door car in good condition that is not older than a 2006 model. You also need car insurance, a driver’s license for at least year and no criminal record. If you meet the criteria, then you’re set to be an Uber driver.

If you’re worried about the safety of Uber, then that’s completely fair enough. Uber is very safe for a taxi service, especially since passengers have the option of giving their driver a rating following their ride. This is also an incentive for drivers to give you the most pleasant and safe ride possible. Uber has even been giving both the passenger and driver security protocols to ensure that the transaction is completely safe.  Try it for yourself, and you’ll never want to pay a full taxi fare again.

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