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

J.J. Meddaugh jj at bestmidi.com
Wed Apr 23 18:17:55 UTC 2014

Hey Dave.
There's a couple of different services that Uber offers and you do need 
to do your homework. But for example, in AN Arbor, Uber is $1.60 per 
mile plus 20 cents a minute. Cabs are generally $2.50 to $3 a mile. But 
in New York, the most expensive city I've seen, Uber is $3 a mile. So 
rates depend on the city.
As for being charged ten times more, Uber and others will do what's 
called Surge pricing in periods of high demand, such as weekend nights, 
New Year's Eve, etc. If this pricing is in effect, you will get an alert 
before you confirm your ride which will tell you the multiplier for the 
surge. So you can decide whether it's worht it or not.

Hope this helps.

Best regards,

On 4/22/2014 9:47 PM, David Andrews wrote:
> 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.
> Dave
>> 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,
>> J.J.
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