a reply to: Domo1
Established cab companies in big cities that don't like the idea of an Uber type company competing with them have the same type of app designed for
their company. It's the same deal. The customer downloads that company's app, the customer puts in the pickup and drop-off information, the driver
who has his app turned on that is closest to that customer will get the call. The customer then is informed of the cab number that is picking them up
and see's the picture of the driver that the driver had the company take when he/she contracted with the company. If the customer doesn't like what
they see, they can request another cab. Females also have the option of requesting a female driver for the obvious safety reasons. Also, Parents have
the option of requesting a driver that has passed a fingerprint clearance check with the state when they need their kids to be picked up and taken
Some even go so far as having job fairs to attract people who want to do this in their personal vehicles. The vehicles have to be a certain year or
newer and pass the same mechanical tests that the companies give their own fleet of cars. The biggest difference between this and an Uber type
company, is that the business umbrella that the driver is under is more established and known than Uber. That, and all drivers would be required to
have commercial insurance on their personal vehicles. A requirement that Uber currently does not have in most, if any,states.
The fact is, Uber is good for what it is, but it will never be a major competitor to established cab companies. The brunt of their business, for all
intents and purposes, are bar runs. This is basically how cab companies start up. Taking money from the inebriated. In this case though, they are
mainly high-end establishments. But still, they're bar runs. A drunk is a drunk. New York and Chicago for example laughs them out of town. The
average consumer doesn't know how competitive and high-tech cab companies have gotten over the years. The bar is continually being raised for better
fleets and better customer service. These companies know exactly what their customers want from a cab ride, and are constantly improving their
business in those areas. On the other side of that coin, drivers are wanting better quality calls. Meaning, a better class of people. People who the
drivers know will pay in one fashion or another. This means the drivers are going to be of a better class than the stereotypical hacker. It works both
Established companies also have the advantage of bulk fleets. This means they can offer customers quality rides in quality cars for a fair price and
get to a customer anywhere within 15 minutes. In a city the size of Seattle that shouldn't be too difficult a task for a company like Yellow. A city
like Phoenix and all of the surrounding cities though is a whole other story. The sheer size and population of that entire metro area makes Seattle
look like Mayberry. The point is, a company like Uber may do well in Seattle because they don't really have a lot of competition, and they don't
really have a lot to learn in regards to where something is and how to get there. They won't do well in the Phoenix metro area though because they
have way too much competition that will cut their throat in a New York minute to make sure they STAY established.
From what Google has shown me about Seattle though, you might actually be better off using Uber. Here's the thing though, if enough people start
using them because all the alternatives suck, the alternatives will start upping their game if they want to stay in business. The only company I see
up there though that have the strongest legs to stand on is Yellow. And if they're anything like the Yellow in Phoenix, they have a reputation of
taking 1 hour to get to an address so they would have a lot of work to do to get customers away from Uber and back to them. And the best way to do
that is with the same tech that Uber uses.
One other thing you might want to know about Uber. In some cities, Uber is telling people that if they want to drive for them but don't own a vehicle
that is up to their their standards, they can lease one from them. So the next time you hop into a Lincoln Navigator, don't be all that impressed by
the driver. It may not be his. Eastside For Hire may not look as nice, but at least you know what you're getting yourself into.