Do you need a luxury car right now? Just use your smartphone – no dialing, no explaining your location or destination, and no waiting longer than a matter of minutes.
And a shiny black Lincoln Town Car will appear before you. A luxury car service came to Philadelphia.
“Uber is part of Philly’s urban renewal story. SEPTA, the public transportation system in Philly, hasn’t expanded since the 70s and the payment system still incorporates tokens long after all of the major cities have abandoned them. The Philadelphia Parking Authority recklessly hands out tickets, and they’ve become so notorious that they’re the subject of the reality TV show Parking Wars. And rarely can you find a taxi these days that doesn’t overpower you with the smell of….well we’re actually not sure what that smell is. Suffice it to say, Uber is here to give Philly an awesome transportation option and change the game for not just tech, but business in general”, general manager of Uber Adria Hou wrote in the Blog of the official web-site .
The service costs almost twice as much as a metered cab, but it is much more comfortable and attractive.
Uber has operations in 11 cities and has 90 employees worldwide, in Philadelphia launched in June. The Uber’s founder is 35-year-old Travis Kalanick.
“Piladelphians just don’t realize “how awesome they are,” Kalanick later said in an interview. “And I’m losing my mind with that.”
” The idea for Uber came to Kalanick when he was at Paris’ Le Web Conference in 2008. Paris’ mega-sophisticated transportation system made him realize how hard it was to catch a cab in San Francisco, where he lives”.
The entrepreneur set out to build an app. The app keeps your credit card information on file so you’ll be automatically charged — tip included. The goal now is for Uber to get as many people as possible to download the free app on their smartphones.
Uber is offering promotional codes for half off an Uber ride during Wednesday-night happy-hour Center City Sips.The minimum fare is $15, a base of $7 and $3.75 per mile in more than 11-mile-per-hour traffic.