Uber provides rides in style
If you're tired of hitching rides with friends or endlessly waiting for a cab to pick you up, download the Uber app for your smartphone and discover a new way to travel by private car.
Now available in 40 cities in 15 countries, Uber connects people who need a ride with a network of drivers. No reservations are needed; simply sign up in the app, enter your credit card information and you're good to go.
The app will automatically assign your reservation and inform you, in real time, where your driver is and how long it will take to get to you. The service even sends a text message once the driver arrives — although you'll probably have more fun watching the GPS tracker as the driver heads your way.
Traveling with friends? The app can automatically split fares, too!
As Uber is a private car service, you're going to end up paying more; along with a $7 base fare, users are charged 80 cents to $3.80 per mile, depending on speed. In town, expect to wait about 15 to 20 minutes for a ride, depending on time of day and the amount of traffic around town.
On a recent trip I waited just 10 minutes for a Cadillac Escalade to show up at my front door in Kaimuki. After jumping out to open my door, my driver offered me a bottle of water and asked if the climate control settings were to my liking. Sweet!
Uber has wrapped up its soft launch on Oahu, so there should be more drivers available as the service gets up to full speed. Follow the company on social media (@uber_honolulu) for the inside scoop on special discount codes that will make your first ride more affordable.
Jason Genegabus is Entertainment Editor/Online at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and has covered the local nightlife, music, bar and entertainment scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter and Google+.