Uber Explained

Description: Uber and black cars and taxis, oh my! The latest video in our Mashable Explains series takes a look at how Uber works for both employer and consumer.

Source: Mashable.com

Date: Oct 9, 2014

Questions for discussion:

1.  Describe Uber?
2.  Would you use Uber? Why?
3.  Is Uber an example of dis-intermediation? explain


110 thoughts on “Uber Explained

  1. Colby Kultgen

    Uber is a car service, where drivers are matched with passengers to get a ride as fast and conveniently as possible. The company started in 2009 and has slowly expanded to be a competitive force in the taxi business. Anyone can drive an uber car as long as they pass a background check, have a valid drivers licence, have car insurance, and of course own a car to drive. The fare is automatically charged on the Uber app to avoid any payment issues. The driver receives 80% of the fare with Uber taking a 20% cut.
    Yes I would use Uber. I think Uber is an amazing business model which has done a great job to eliminate a lot of potentially complicated situations like payment. I have had a lot of negative experiences with regular cabs and as long as Uber has some kind of driver rating system ( which I assume it does) I would have no problem getting a ride from an Uber driver.
    Yes I think Uber is an example of disintermediation to an extent as it removes the need to get a permit to run a taxi, and essentially allows anyone with a car and some free time to temporarily enter a business which used to require some work to get into. Also with Uber you’re not really working for a company, yes Uber takes it’s cut, but you work your own hours and really have no one to answer to.

  2. Sabrina

    1. Describe Uber?
    Uber is a car service where a person can get a ride in short term notice by using the Uber app to request a car to a location. A driver sees the request and responds and the user then sees the car moving closer to the location. On the app the user can request certain cars like an uber taxi to an uber SUV. The Uber cars work like a meter taxi so the prices vary and prices can vary depending on the car type you request. Payment is made through your uber account so once you arrive to your destination you are automatically charged. Uber takes 20% of the payment and the rest goes to the driver. They make more than New York taxi’s and they also don’t have to get a medallion to be a legal taxi service in the city and the taxi driver has to cover this fee which is expensive.
    2. Would you use Uber? Why?
    I would use Uber as a service because it is fast and efficient. They also don’t require you to carry change around because you are automatically charged on your account. They are also cheaper than a new york citty taxi which can be expensive when the driver can take you a round about way to your destination. I have used Uber and it was in New York City. Because I was traveling with a group of people the fare was pretty cheap and we didn’t have to wait long for the car.
    3. Is Uber an example of dis-intermediation? explain
    I can see how some people would say that Uber is a dis-intermediation because you are no longer calling someone to get a cab, and the individual is booking the car themselves. However, Uber the company is taking a 20% cut of the payment so there is still and people applying to be with Uber have to meet certain requirements.

  3. david.p

    uber is a car service company. it started in 2009, and it is much like a taxi service. it offers you flexible service by allowing you to choose the vehicle, you would like to ride in. it also allows you to track the location of the vehicle (very beneficial for impatient people). Uber automatically charges you on the arrival of destination, saving you time. They also provide you with an estimate of your cost.
    Would I use uber? I honestly could not care less. I would use whatever service is more available or convenient at the time. If I am more familiar with one service, I would rather choose that service over the other regardless of uber being 20% cheaper, mainly because I do not receive rides from tiaxi services often. I would much rather drive myself or call a friend.
    Yes, uber is an example of a dis-intermediation. They cut out the middle man by using the mobile app. The majority of people would enjoy this. Personally, I would rather call a taxi service and call them to come. That’s just me though. in my opinion Uber does offer a more flexible aproach that may be more effective and efficient.

  4. Mark Hoshowsky

    Uber is a car service company that started up in 2009. It is essentially a fast response cab company hat allows you to track for far your cab is from your house. Uber offers very competitive cab fairs with 80% of the proceeds going to the cab driver. Any one can become an Uber driver as long as they pass a background check, have a valid license and own their own car. Drivers have made as much as 90,000 dollars in the past, which is significantly higher than what the average cab driver makes. They also offer a wide variety of vehicle types based on personal preference.
    I would personally use Uber as a method as transportation. Being able to view how far your ride is away from you is useful to gauge how much time you have instead of an estimation. Also if fares are as stated, you would get quicker service for less money. I also like seeing more of the profits going to the workers instead of the business owner, which is the case for a company like Uber.
    Uber is a dis-intermediation because it eliminates the need for things such as extra staffing, special cars, and physical currency transactions at the end of the cab ride.


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