Get App-y: New Uber car service arrives in Oklahoma City

Uber launched its popular mobile-based ridesharing service in Oklahoma City on Friday with a ride that Thunder player Nick Collison requested to practice.
by Lillie-Beth Brinkman Published: October 21, 2013

Uber offers three levels of service, depending on a city's needs — Uber Black, which is a limousine-like service using Lincoln Town Cars and similar cars, Uber Taxi and Uber X. Oklahoma City has Uber X, which involves drivers vetted by Uber who pick up people in their own cars.

To use it, smartphone owners download the Uber app to their iPhones or Android phones and sign up for the service and give a credit card, either through the app or online at www.uber.com. They then use the app to request a ride, get estimated fares and wait times, as well as information about the car and driver coming to pick them up. A driver comes to give the ride, and the credit card is charged when the ride is over, so no money changes hands during the drive. Riders can rate their trips and their drivers, helping ensure that drivers are accountable. Drivers can offer rides on their own schedules, whenever they are available.

“Uber doesn't employ any drivers or own any of the cars. We partner with drivers,” Hourdajian said.

There are other services like Uber, but it's the only one in Oklahoma City.

Glover thinks it has potential.

“The thing is, most people don't really like to drive. This is just a simple good way,” he said.


by Lillie-Beth Brinkman
Lillie-Beth Brinkman is a Content Marketing Manager for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. She was previously an assistant editor of The Oklahoman
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