Uber came to revolutionize the world of transport, offering a service that takes you out of trouble when you are tired of using the bus, when you are in a hurry or simply when you do not want to go out in your car because you will have a drink night with your friends and do not want to risk your No one's life or life. You still don't know how Uber works? The good thing is that it not only offers you scheduled trips from your phone, but also gives you the possibility of being the driver, offering a job opportunity that many do not hesitate to take advantage of.
The young company has had few controversies, but the free application of Uber remains one of the best mobility tools in the market. Are you ready to start traveling, driving, or both? We tell you everything you need to know.
First, you must download the application on your Android or Apple device and provide the basic information that includes your name, phone number and credit card number. Once this is done, you must enter the destination address in the ?where are you going?? Box, at the top of the screen. Don't worry if you don't know the exact address; You can find the place by entering the name of a company, such as "Starbucks" or "GameStop". Uber also allows users to add short stops on each trip.
Confirm your destination, confirm the exact collection point by placing a blue pin on the map, and the application will tell you approximately how long it will take to arrive. It also provides you with the estimated cost of each service to ensure transparency, a feature that travelers accustomed to random (if not fancy) overcharges of some taxi drivers appreciate. The cost of a trip depends on the service you choose and the time of the day you do it. The more people requesting an Uber trip at the same time, the more expensive the price of a fare. Uber calls this "dynamic prices."
The basic services are called UberX, UberXL and UberSelect, respectively. The difference lies in the price and the type of car you pick up. UberX drivers usually have a standard passenger car (for example, a Honda Accord) capable of carrying up to four people. UberXL operators have larger models (such as a Chrysler Pacifica) that can carry up to six passengers. Finally, UberSelect is a more exclusive service, in which Mercedes-Benz, Audi and BMW drivers can participate.
Do you need something more exclusive? Uber has coverage of UberBlack and UberSUV services, which allow you to take a trip in a Cadillac Escalade, a BMW 7 Series, a Mercedes-Benz S-Class or a first-class Chevrolet Suburban. The UberBlack and UberSUV controllers must be commercially registered. A few cities around the world also offer UberLux, the company's flagship service. It is expensive, but it guarantees that you will reach your destination in an Audi A8, a Land Rover Range Rover or a comparable high-end model.
Uber also offers a service for passengers who need vehicles with wheelchair access, as well as a low-cost service called UberPool. This is a service that allows users to share the same trip. Imagine you are traveling from downtown Washington, D.C., to Alexandria, Virginia. Your Uber will be able to stop and pick up a passenger that goes approximately in the same direction as t; from the Lincoln Memorial to Arlington, for example. It takes longer, of course, because you are moving from point A to point B through points C and D, but it is also a cheaper option.
There is no way to know in advance with whom you will travel when using UberPool. You may be lucky and share a trip with a discreet and silent stranger, but you can also spend 15 minutes sitting next to a hangover student who comes from a party last night. Or parents who believe that their baby's screams are adorable for everyone. It is a social Russian roulette, and the chances of having a hellish trip may not be worth the $ 2.50 dollars you save with UberPool. It is your decision. Your risk
Choose a rate and soon you will receive a message informing you that there is a car on the way. The application gives you the name of the driver and his qualification in advance. It also tells you the brand, the model, the color and the registration number of the car, as well as how many minutes it takes to reach the collection point.
Sbete, say hello to the driver and now! Regardless of the service you choose, there is a bar at the top of the application that tracks the progress of the trip and the estimated time of arrival. There is the option to share the progress of the trip through several communication channels, including Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Gmai, and even old text messages.
The best part of Uber is that there is no need to pay in cash: The application automatically pays the driver using the credit or debit card registered by you. Upon arrival at their destination, passengers simply leave the car and continue with their day. They are asked to rate the driver after the trip, and they are given the option of leaving a tip. Both are optional. Drivers are also asked to rate users on a scale of zero to five. Keep in mind that your rating is your reputation in the Uber community; Few people have a perfect rating, but having one that is unusually low can make finding a trip unusually complicated.
Uber aims to make each trip the most cool possible. Recently he launched a panic button for his clients, providing them with greater peace of mind. If you see that something is wrong, simply slide the cone of the security center up and touch ?assistance 911?, before touching again to confirm the call. An additional touch is required to minimize accidental 911 calls, according to the company.
To be an Uber driver, start by downloading a free application called Uber Driver and complete it with your personal information (including your Social Security number, for a simple background check) and your car information. Keep in mind that not all candidates can be Uber drivers, and not all cars are accepted by the company.
Drivers must be at least 21 years old and have a state driver's license. You need to have at least three years of driving experience, if you are under 23 years old, and at least one year of experience if you are 24 years old or older. You must be insured, and pass a criminal background check. If you have received an occasional speeding ticket, nothing happens: but do not expect to be accepted by Uber if you have been convicted of DUI (driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs), or if you have any type of criminal record.
The other requirements apply to the car. You must have a car that is not prior to a 2008 model and with four doors. You need to be insured and registered, and you need to pass an Uber inspection that covers basic items such as brakes, tires, lights and seat belts. Send all the information, meet all the requirements and be ready to make your first trip.
Simply turn on the application to receive notifications of passengers who need a car. With Uber you can decide how many hours you work per day. There is no minimum or maximum. The amount you generate depends on how much and when you drive; The price increase that we mentioned in the additional clauses section is beneficial for drivers, since they earn more during peak hours. Uber generally provides drivers with a list of the busiest hours in their areas.
Now, there are several factors that reduce profits. The drivers are not Uber employees, but independent contractors, so gasoline, maintenance (tires, oil changes, etc.) and depreciation fall on the driver. These keep 75 percent of the rate, while Uber takes the remaining 25 percent, and the money obtained through the application must be reported to the tax office as an income.
You will need a data connection to use the Uber Driver application, and the company warns that it normally uses about 2 GB of data per month. The application also reduces battery life, so we recommend getting a quality phone charger to ensure you don't have to ask your passengers to activate Google Maps. A solid mount to put the phone will also be essential.
* Updated by Daniel Matus on October 25, 2019.