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Dec 31, 2015 5:03 PM

New ride-sharing app offers free rides in Portsmouth on New Year's Eve

PORTSMOUTH - The battle over Uber in Portsmouth is described as a bit of a turf war. It's an issue that's been fought over at City Hall for the past year or so, as Uber drivers look to operate in the city, while cab companies want them to comply by the same rules and regulations as they do.

In the midst of everything, a new app-based service is hitting the streets, offering free rides on New Year's Eve.

Christopher David of Dover is a former Uber driver and is the founder of the new app called Arcade City. The service works much like Uber, as the customer can essentially hail their ride using their smart phone.

"Uber is great, but we saw some opportunity to do our own version of it which has a few other safety features that Uber doesn't have like you'll be able to see your individual driver profile in advance, and kind of pick and choose between them. Uber doesn't let you do that," David said.

Arcade City plans a full launch in January but decided to offer free rides on New Year's Eve to get the word out. They originally planned to operate on Dec. 31 on a donation-based service where the customer could leave a tip, but they were told it would violate the city's transportation ordinance for them to accept any money if they are operating without commercial insurance.

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