You may have recently heard of a new type of taxi company coming into Adelaide, Auckland, Brisbane, Byron Bay, Canberra, Christchurch, Geelong, The Gold Coast, Melbourne, The Mornington Peninsula, Newcastle, Perth, Sunshine Coast, Sydney, Toowoomba ,Wellington and possibly moving into other cities in Australia.
We have been lucky enough to use this company in San francisco where it started and Uber has really worked well for us in San francisco.
The idea is to provide a premium taxi service, using technology at an affordable rate. The following webpage:https://www.uber.com/en-AU/cities/sydney/ allows you to find the approximate fare for a fare in Sydney, to change the city simply click on the small blue arrow and words “ SEE ALL CITIES”and choose the relevant city.
Uber is an app that you install on your phone, once installed, taxi fares are paid for via your credit card at the end of each fare.
When you require a taxi you simply open the app, and select where you are. It is easy to select where you are as the app uses a GPS map that is fairly accurate to locate you, you can change your location if you are walking towards a destination or are ordering for a family member.
Once you request a car to pick you up from the location you will be told how long you have to wait for the car and the app will also show you where your driver is so you are able to monitor their progress towards you.
In Sydney Uber does have an area where the coverage is optimal, and this is shown above in the link, this means wit times for an Uber are low, outside of this area you may need to wait a little longer.
The great thing about Uber is once your fare is complete you are able to rate the driver, lodge any complaints and the fare is already added to your credit card. If there are any problems Uber in our experience has handled them quickly and efficiently. Furthermore rating of drivers means that the service provided is excellent, cars are clean, and drivers are friendly, they know where they are going and drive safely, and the fares are competitive.
This is a great service for only a little more than a taxi.