Uber, a Text-Message Car Service, Might Come to Miami

Categories: Road Rage

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Sick of strutting your stuff on the street corner while trying to hail a cab? Uber, a tech-savvy car service spreading across the country, has an alternative. Simply launch the app on your smartphone, request a car, track it on a map as it makes its way, and get in the black luxury car when it arrives. Your bill, which includes a preset tip, is charged directly to your credit card.

Because the service falls somewhere between a traditional taxi and a limousine, Uber is currently illegal in Miami-Dade County, but that might change soon.

The company announced on its blog that Commissioner Audrey Edmonson has introduced legislation to the Miami-Dade County Commission that would eliminate many of the rules that forbid Uber from entering the market.

Miami-Dade has a lot of regulations that limit the operation of non-taxi car services, and requires them to charge a price of $70 even for just a one-stop ride. Edmonson's proposal would eliminate much of those regulations.

Uber, which uses cars such as BMWs and Cadillacs, usually charges about 45 to 75 percent more than a taxi, a price they've found customers who appreciate the convenience and luxury are willing to pay. The company is experimenting with lower-priced services in some cities to compete directly with traditional cabs, but as the company points out, Edmonson's proposals would let the company offer only its higher-end services in Miami-Dade.

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shojibna0098
shojibna0098


Most limos already have twwo exit doors and tempered safety glass that will break easily with a break out tool ! The problem will be with the intoxicated passengers opening them up and falling out. Most modern cars lock the doors as soon as the car is in gear, cchild door locks are also a problem! I propose a law to put smoke detectors and glass break out tools in every coMmercial passenger vehicle. Smoke detectors would provide an early warning system and would be inexpensive. Any upstanding operator would already have a fire extinguisher and first aid kit in their vehicles.

shojibna0098
shojibna0098


I would sooner trust a restored Limo made prior to the 70's than any newer one! And htey are cooler, like a 54' Caddy limo I once rode in! Not as much electronic junk,sensors and PCM's to short out or send fuel the other way like what happened several years ago in a car fire, I think it was also a Limo, made in the 80's. Glad the women got out ok! What a scare!

Frank Castle
Frank Castle

they should use regular cars and lower the price and then they could make some money, remember miamians get paid lower than other cities like new york

Frank Castle
Frank Castle

$70 bucks? for one ride, no thank you, ill stick with yellow cabs

Cleo L Jollivette
Cleo L Jollivette

I've used Uber in San Francisco, Chicago, DC & NYC . . . I LOVE UBER!!! :-)

Mauricio Carles
Mauricio Carles

There goes the budget.., know you have limo service back and forth from Balharbor Shops..

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