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Author Topic: Brave New Taxi can't be called a Taxi  (Read 1411 times)

Paul Keith

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Brave New Taxi can't be called a Taxi
« on: February 21, 2011, 01:28 AM »

The concept behind Uber is both simple and intuitive. You can request for a car service using the iPhone or the Android app by setting your pick-up location. Nearby drivers who use the service will be alerted and once they accept your request, you will be able to set your end location. Paying for the ride is convenient as it automatically gets charged to your account. Once the transaction is over, both the driver and the passenger will be able to rate each other to ensure that the service is not being abused.

UberCab actually made some controversial news late last year when the company was asked to cease and desist because it was marketing itself much like a cab company without a taxi license. It is stipulated in US law that only licensed taxis can pick someone up right away, which is UberCab is not. Due to this incident, UberCab dropped Cab from its official name and is now called Uber.

Personally I'd rather they categorize SUVs and Hummers as tanks before they get all worked up about a cab.

With that said, I don't know the security implications for this though but with the speed of uploading pictures from phone to web these days - maybe it would also make kidnappers fearful of impersonating as a taxi driver.


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Re: Brave New Taxi can't be called a Taxi
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2011, 01:33 AM »
It is stipulated in US law that only licensed taxis can pick someone up right away

I suppose people had better stop picking their kids up from school, spouses from work, etc. etc. Sigh...

I waited for 30 minutes for a taxi this morning. And it never came. After I called twice.

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