Last spring, after my first encounter with the Uber taxi app in Chicago, I was wowed and I told you about it here.
As I wrote back then, Uber, basically, is a quick and easy way to order a cab, a black car or a private SUV ride.
Create an account, download the app and you’re good to go. Open the app and it immediately finds you and shows you the cars in your area (you can even watch your car as it makes its way to you). A driver accepts your request immediately and you see the driver’s name, photo and car number. At the tap of a button you can send a text or call the driver.
A text tells you how long you’ll wait and another pops up to let you know the car is arriving, in case you’re waiting inside, for example.
On another trip to Chicago, I used Uber again and had the same great, hassle-free experience.
A couple days ago New York Magazine said Uber might be "more valuable than Facebook."
In the piece Kevin Roose wrote, "Uber's plan is to outgrow its car-service roots, and become, as investor Shervin Pishevar put it, 'a digital mesh' capable of providing all kinds of transportation and logistical services to people in the cities it serves. Once it has you summoning cars from your phone, the logic goes, it can use that same back-end technology to hook you in for all other kinds of deliveries — food, clothes, Christmas trees. And eventually, like Amazon, it can become something akin to an all-purpose utility — it'll just be a way you get things and go places."
Uber is in more than 30 cities in North America and in others in Europe, Asia Pacific, and South and Central America. It's in 22 countries.
Though you can't find Milwaukee on the list of city blogs on the Uber web site, such a page does, in fact, exist already, though there's not much on it ... yet.
Now, thanks to Barb Haig, Haig/Jackson Communications, I see that Uber is hiring for a position with the title "Community Manager – Milwaukee," though the job will be based in Chicago.
According to the posting, "You’ll be tasked with scaling support in an innovative way at a company that’s growing like crazy and changing constantly."
Another page on the Uber site says the company is looking to run Uber in three Midwestern cities remotely, presumably from Chicago.
"We’re looking for a fearless, brilliant managers to run the Detroit, Milwaukee and Indianapolis Markets as we experiment running a city remotely."
I'm still waiting on a reply from the Uber folks and when it comes, I'll post an update. Uber Milwaukee could be a game-changer in Brew City transportation.
Its also usually cheaper than taxi, right? I used it in Denver once or twice. Would use it here in a heartbeat. Sick of being fleeced by the cab companies. Fifteen dollars to get from the east side to the ward, serious? I recall reading that our rate was in the top 20 for most expensive in the country.
Bobby Tanzilo | Dec. 11, 2013 at 1:19 p.m. (report)
You said it Photodavie, that is a key feature. I sure coulda used Uber yesterday when my car was unexpectedly in the shop.
You forgot the best part of Uber taxi! No need for cash/credit card! You set-up an account ahead of time so when you get to your destination you just get out. Instantly you will get a bill with recommended tip rates and a survey. It's how taxi travel should be.
3 comments about this article.
Post your comment/review now
Disclaimer: Please note that Facebook comments are posted through Facebook and cannot be approved, edited or declined by OnMilwaukee.com. The opinions expressed in Facebook comments do not necessarily reflect those of OnMilwaukee.com or its staff.
Recent Articles & Blogs by Bobby Tanzilo
Published July 1, 2015
As the 11-day music blowout we all call Summerfest was about to get underway, we caught up with the Big Gig's associate booking director Scott Ziel to get a peek behind the scenes.
Published June 29, 2015
Thanks to my co-worker Jill Jensen-Matelski, I saw this cool Summerfest 1970 poster that you can see above. She found it on the Facebook group "You know you are from Milwaukee WI if you remember..." My eyes immediately went to "Roland Kirk" and I was blown away. Then I saw Sly and the Family Stone, James Brown, Sarah Vaughan and so many other amazing acts.
Published June 29, 2015
As the 11-day music blowout we all call Summerfest was about to get underway, we caught up with the Big Gig's associate entertainment director Vic Thomas to get a peek behind the scenes.
Published June 28, 2015
How on Earth does one explain the ongoing success of The Flaming Lips? Don't get me wrong, frontman Wayne Coyne and company make interesting and engaging music and put on a hell of a show, but since when has that been enough? We found out Saturday night at Summerfest.
Published June 27, 2015
Saturday night marked Maritime's first Big Milwaukee Gig since it released its paean to its hometown, "Milwaukee," in April. So, did Brew City turn out to return the love?
Published June 26, 2015
U2 is in the midst of an eight-day, five-gig run at the United Center in Chicago as part of its iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour. We went down to have a look and a listen.
Published June 24, 2015
Living rock and roll legends the Rolling Stones took the stage at the Marcus Amphitheater Tuesday night for what may well be their last Milwaukee appearance. Here's what happened when the Zip Code Tour steamed into 53202.
Published June 23, 2015
When Paul Weller came to Chicago's Vic Theater last week I had to go. And, because Weller is so defined by Britishness, I decided to make the jaunt an English themed trip.
Published June 23, 2015
Word emerged today that Top Shelf Guitar Shop in Bay View sold the Rolling Stones' Keith Richards a guitar.
Published June 22, 2015
Milwaukee is lucky to still have so many beautiful 19th century and early 20th century schoolhouses - designed by the most respected and talented Milwaukee architects of their day. But some have also been lost to time, thanks to fire, demolition or replacement. Here, excerpted from my 2012 book, "Historic Milwaukee Public Schoolhouses" - and augmented with a few more "bonus" gems - are 11 lost Milwaukee schoolhouses.