Ride-sharing App Uber Faces Off Against Taxi Industry
Release date: 23/04/2015
The smart phone application Uber threatens to disrupt the taxi industry like nothing before.
Radio National, 23 April 2015
Uber is based in San Francisco and operates in more than 200 cities around the world, including every Australian mainland state capital.
The idea is simple: if you own a car, you can make money by offering a stranger a lift via the Uber app on your smart phone.
If you need a lift, you simply use the app to alert drivers in your vicinity to your transport needs.
The booking process can be completed in seconds, and you can then watch the driver in real time on the map of your screen as they approach you.
No cash changes hand, with payment automatically being deducted via the credit card you've registered.
It's approximately 30% cheaper than regular taxi fares, and there are now one million Uber journeys made every day around the world.
Some already struggling taxi drivers are represented by the Transport Workers Union, and this week they blockaded Perth's parliament in protest.
RN Breakfast is joined by the the WA Secretary of the Transport Workers Union, Tim Dawson, and General Manager of Uber Australia and New Zealand, David Rohrsheim.
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