Could web-based taxi business Uber be about to drive into Bristol?

February 10, 2015 by
Filed under: News 

US startup of the year Uber has submitted an application to Bristol City Council’s licensing department to operate a taxi-like service in the city.

Uber, founded in San Francisco in 2009 and now valued at $40bn, uses an app on a smart phone with an agreed scale of charges. It doesn’t use taxis but ‘ride shares’, although minicab drivers can be Uber drivers.

Using a smart phone allows drivers to see their fares’ exact location using the in-built GPS and users to see the nearest available cars to their location and for them to trace the journey of their cab on an interactive map as they wait for its arrival.

The company already operates in hundreds of cities across the globe, including London and Manchester in the UK, and is focussing on a huge expansion in Europe which it claims could create 50,000 new jobs.

But the company has caused controversy – and has even been banned in some countries.

via Could web-based taxi business Uber be about to drive down Bristol fares?.


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