What is Uber? An Introduction to the Ride Hailing App
You might have heard the name before, but maybe you’ve never used it. So, what is Uber? How do you use it and is it really cheaper than the alternative?
There are lots of things to look at, so in this blog post we’ll take a quick look at the key facts around what Uber is and how it works.
‘Ride Hailing’ explained
Uber is a ride hailing app. What this means is, you install an app on your smartphone and if you need a cab, you open the app, tell it your destination and it will find the nearest Uber car to you.
The app will display the estimated price of your ride, and you can choose to accept or reject the ride based on this.
As you’re using an app on your phone, you can see all the details of your cab, including the registration plate, location and ETA, the driver’s name and star rating for the driver.
You then receive notifications when your cab is about to arrive, and once the ride is finished, you can see how much it cost you.
Yes, you can flag down a cab in the street, or call a local minicab company. But the selling point for Uber is that it is usually:
- A lot cheaper than using local cabs
- The cars are reliably good quality and comfortable
- You can see the price before you book the ride
- You can leave feedback and see driver ratings
- you can get an Uber 24hrs a day
Is Uber the best ride hailing app?
Uber is the most successful ride hailing app, with a dominant market share in cities like London. There are lots of contenders who are looking to take the crown, including Bolt and Kapten. But, the popularity of Uber, especially in London, is definitely testament to the quality of the service.
The best way to check out if Uber is the best ride hailing app, is to try it for yourself. Sign up and use our promo code for a discount off your first ride.