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

Matt McCubbin mgoalball at gmail.com
Thu Apr 24 22:39:34 UTC 2014

Hello all,
I agree with J.J.. I'm loving these ride-sharing services here in
Boston, they certainly beat taking a traditional taxi any day. not
only are they often cheaper than a cab, but they offer a superior
experience from start to finish that can't be matched by a taxi.
With Lyft, for instance, I use my iPhone to flag a driver to my
current location. The phone already knows generally where I am, but I
can enter an exact address if the position is incorrect. Once a driver
is confirmed and on route, the app displays some useful information,
including the name of the driver coming to pick me up, the make/model
of vehicle they are driving, and an ETA for their arival. The app will
also display a picture of the car and driver on the screen. This is
already more info than I have ever received from a taxi service. I can
also give the driver a call to verify my location or give instructions
in finding me such as I have a cane, please call me when you arrive,
I could go on and on about not having to deal with cash, the rating
system or the other reasons why these services are great, but that's
what Google is for. I encourage anyone in Detroit or Ann Arbor who has
a smartphone to take either Uber or Lyft for a test-drive, no pun
intented. These services are revolutionizing the transportation
industry, and as a blind guy, I could use all the options I can get.
Just my thoughts,

On 4/22/14, J.J. Meddaugh <jj at bestmidi.com> wrote:
> 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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