[nfbmi-talk] Uber Comes to Ann Arbor, 2 Weeks of Free Rides

David Andrews dandrews at visi.com
Wed Apr 23 01:47:54 UTC 2014

J.J.  I think your description of Uber is largely accurate, however, 
from everything I have read, they aren't necessarily cheaper than 
cabs, and generally are a little more.  Plus, they adjust the price 
according to demand, so if it is very busy you will pay more, a Wall 
Street Journal article said someone was charged 10 times the cab rate 
during a snow storm.  So, people shouldn't assume it will be cheaper 
-- but it seems to be the way of the future.


>I love the new breed of ride sharing services and am happy to let 
>you know that one of them is now in Ann Arbor. In case you're not 
>familiar, Uber is one of a set of services which modernize getting 
>around. Instead of calling a cab and having no idea when it might 
>come, you call for a driver using an app on your iPhone. The app 
>will let you know how far away the nearest driver is and also alert 
>you when they've arrived. Once you make it to your destination, your 
>credit card is automatically charged including tip so there's no 
>fumbling for cash or annoyance in waiting for a cab driver to call 
>in your credit card. Plus, Uber is generally cheaper than cabs, 
>especially the lower cost UberX service. The drivers are screened 
>and the vehicles usually modern.
>In cities where Uber and others exist, I rarely take cabs anymore.
>For Ann Arbor, you can get up to 10 rides for free over the next two 
>weeks, up to $25 each. So if you want to just ride around town and 
>go to some cool places for free, this would be a great time to do it.
>I've got two promo codes for you. First put in code 6K56Q for an 
>additional $20 in credit. Then put in code a2launch for the free 
>rides. The Uber app is available on the iTunes App Store.
>Uber and Lyft have been available in the Detroit area for the past year or so.
>If you have any questions about these apps, feel free to write me.
>Best regards,

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