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Dec 16, 2014 6:27 PM

Uber offers a high-tech alternative to the conventional cab ride


You could say Uber is reinventing the way we hail a cab. So, are you wondering how it works? It's all done through an app on your smart phone that sends the nearest driver to pick you up quickly.

It isn't ride sharing and these aren't cab drivers. They're just ordinary people like you and me who sign up with Uber to drive other people around. Some do it for a little extra money on the side, others might drive full-time.

Conveniently, no cash is ever needed. You pay electronically from the Uber app, and you're not expected to tip.

Drivers are supposed to go through background checks, their cars inspected, and Uber says they're insured.

The start-up, based in San Francisco, burst out of the gates. Founded in just 2009, it already has a global presence in 53 countries. It just made its way to New Hampshire in the last few months and is available in Manchester and Portsmouth.

Sounds like a winning business strategy, right? Well, not so much lately. The company is coming under a barrage of scrutiny all over the world.

Several countries and many U.S. cities are banning the service because it side-steps a lot of the typical cab driver licensing laws and regulations.

Probably the most disturbing claim is from New Delhi, with the accused rape of a passenger by an Uber driver. Police said the driver did not have a proper background check. The incident led to shutting down the service there. It's also left many passengers everywhere questioning whether they're safe getting a ride from Uber.


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