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Getting around town just got a bit easier for smart phone users.
“Request your black car,” Steger said.
Transportation app Uber has come to Honolulu.
“The client just opens up the app and requests a car and the nearest driver will get that request,” Steger said.
Already in 40 cities around the globe, Uber started in San Francisco close to three years ago and recently launched in Seoul, Mexico and Taipei. Now the luxury town-car service has come to Hawaii.
“Uber is priced slightly above taxi here in Honolulu, it is very convenient so for that there is a higher price point which is pretty much in line with a typical town car service here,” Steger said.
So far, the company’s recruited 30 experienced Honolulu drivers who already work in the industry and can pick up fares in their spare time.
“I have picked up quite a few people from the mainland that have moved here from the mainland, students, business folks,” driver Mike Chau said.
“They are also free to have their own clients so Uber can fill-in on their down time; they can log in and out of the app at will,” Steger said.
“The company we work for, a limousine company and we provide limo service, so this will provide extra income for us yes,” Chau said.
Although the car service is a higher price than a cab service, its cashless and tip is included.
“Its safer on both sides, for the driver its wonderful because they don’t carry cash in their vehicle and the riders have all set up an account with Uber. When you request a car you also get a picture of the driver who is coming to pick you up and you will also get his license plate number shows up in the app and then you will be able to track that progress of that car toward you,” Steger said.
The free on-demand transportation app has its full-launch in Honolulu Thursday.
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