On Friday Uber began operating in Portland, without the blessing of city officials. Needless to say some of the powers that be in city government had some choice words. My favorite quote comes from Steve Novick the City Commissioner who oversees the Bureau of Transportation, the bureau in charge of regulating taxis.
“They think they can just come in here and flagrantly violate the law? This is really amazing. Apparently, they believe they’re gods.”
I suppose you can always count on a politician for asinine rhetoric like that. To counter and for a helpful video about Uber you should see this video from the Oregonian.
I have yet to use Uber, but I plan on giving it a try on Thursday when the family and I head to the airport.
How Uber works is pretty simple. After downloading the app and entering your details and method of payment (use my referral link for $20 off first ride) ordering a ride only takes a click of a button.
When you launch the app it will zero in your location. To order a car press the black arrow.
Then to confirm press the black UberX button.
Prior to confirming your order you can also use the fare estimator (on the left above the Request button) to get an idea how much your ride will cost.
If you want to check the rates you can press the little blue car prior to pressing the black arrow button.
One major complaint about Uber is that they have surge pricing, meaning they jack up the rates during high demand. I have no experience with Uber so take this for what it’s worth, my assumption is that when they increase prices the current rate will show up in the blue button. If they don’t then I’m not sure how much I will use Uber. I’m excited to try Uber and we’ll see how it plays out here in Portland.
Update: Uber has suspended operations in Portland after getting into an ugly fight with the City. Plan for now is Uber will stop operating in Portland and the city has agreed to update taxi regulations in the next three months. The saga continues…by