Uber: a car service you summon with a mobile app [telecom]

Test-riding Uber, the populist car service you summon with a mobile app

By Scott Kirsner, Globe Columnist October 18, 2011

San Francisco-based Uber is planning to launch its transportation service in Boston this Thursday. They already operate in New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Chicago, and they've been pilot-testing it here over the past few weeks. I used the app this afternoon to travel from Kendall Square to Brookline in a semi-swanky black Mercury Grand Marquis.

Uber is a way to summon a town car using an app on your mobile phone. For livery drivers, it's a way to fill in extra work at times when they might otherwise be sitting around. And for consumers, it's a way to get a ride in a car that's more spacious and better-maintained than your typical cab. And the Uber app also provides better information about when exactly you'll be picked up.

Here's how it worked for me...


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