If you’re not familiar with Uber, it’s a premium taxi service where users can hail a shiny and roomy black Town-car or SUV from their smartphone. The uber app can find your current location, estimate your fair for your destination, and pick you up in a matter of minutes.
I use Uber all the time around metro Atlanta…as a matter of fact, I’m using them tonight to avoid rush-hour traffic and confusing parking for Mashable’s annual Social Media Day Atlanta.
Now I like to stunt like the next man, but showing up everywhere in a Town-car or SUV may be a little too flossy (and pricey) for my tastes. It seemed as if the good folks at @uber_ATL were reading my mind and announced today that Atlanta is the next city to get the uberX treatment.
uberX is the more economical little brother of uberBLACK that is better on the environment – The cars that pick you up are a mix of hybrid and mid-range vehicles that can seat up to four people – Think of a Toyota Camry or a smug Prius…for my South Park fans. They are also more economic on the wallet as well. the base price for an uberBLACK ride around Atlanta is about 15 bucks. If you choose an uberX ride, you will see on average, a base price of around 3 bucks.
If you are familiar with Uber, to request an uberX ride, simply slide the dial at the bottom of the Uber app to “UBERx” before set your pick-up location and request a vehicle. Everything else is done as usual. Since uberX is brand-spankin’ new in Atlanta, I’m sure there won’t be a ton of rides on the road initially, so you may have to keep an eye on the map to see where the uberX cars are and be strategic, until more cars hit the streets.
The folks at Uber are looking out for my readers and were nice enough to hook you all up with a special deal – Enter the promo code “BrothatechuberX” on the Payment screen after you request a uberX ride via the mobile app to receive a $20 discount from now until December 31st (uberX rides only). I can personally vouch for Uber, but I want you to check it out and let me know what you think.